Does your cat sneeze or scratch all the time? Chances are that your four-legged friend is allergic to something. Below you will find an overview of the symptoms and the things that cats can be allergic to.
Symptoms of allergies in cats
The most common allergy symptoms are:
- Sneezing, coughing
- Irritated skin
- Dirty eyes
- Itchy ears/ear infections
- Snoring through an irritated throat
- Bite on the paws / swollen feet
What allergies can cats have?
Cats can be allergic to the most special things around us.
- Nutrients (for example gluten)
- Trees, grass, mold and pollen
- Fleas and flea repellents
- Perfume / fragrances
- Cleaning products
- Cigarette smoke
- Materials such as rubber and plastic
Cat with an allergic reaction
You want to see your cat healthy. The best thing to do is get the cause of the allergy away as soon as possible. But cutting down a tree because your cat reacts badly is a very drastic measure. Other measures you can take include:
- Use dust-free, unscented cat litter.
- If dust mites are the cause of the allergy, clean the cat’s sleeping area at least once a week. Vacuum at least twice a week.
- Sometimes it is not possible to remove a certain substance from the environment of the cat (think of the tree) or the allergy persists for a long time. Then consult the vet. If your cat has severe itching, try omega 3 & 6; many cat food with fish contain these omegas.
- Prevent your cat from getting fleas by checking it regularly. You can read more about cat fleas here.
Food allergy is common in cats. Usually, it is the proteins (animal or vegetable products) that the cat is allergic to. Protein is just one of the indispensable nutrients for cats. That is why it is important to find out which protein your cat is allergic to.
This can be from different products; think of beef, lamb, chicken, fish, but also eggs. Vegetable products can also contain proteins. Watch your cat’s reaction to eating certain foods. Does he vomit a lot, does he have irregular stools or does he leave a lot of wind?
This can be a form of allergy, but excessive itching can also be a symptom of food allergy. Leave out the usual food for a while and replace it with another product with a different composition. Find out which food your cat reacts allergic to. Consult your vet for advice to find out if your cat has a food allergy.
Once a specific allergy has been diagnosed, you can opt for special food. For example, does your cat suffer from an allergy or intolerance to grains? View the complete range of different types of food to discover which food you can best buy for your cat.
Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian.