Allergies are a common problem in cats and can greatly affect their quality of life. Most humans with allergies sneeze or have nasal congestion or asthma. Cats may have asthma with allergies but it is far more common for them to scratch or lick. Since cats groom themselves so much of the time anyway, how do you know when it is abnormal and needs to be treated? If your cat is developing areas of hair loss or you can feel scabs or sores on your kitty, then you need to give us a call.
Causes of allergies in cats include:
- Fleas – the number one reason cats develop allergies. Even indoor cats can get them and even if you can’t see them, it’s quite possible your cat has been bitten, and over-the-counter flea products are not very effective.
- Environmental Allergens – Many cats are allergic to the same things in the environment (pollens, dust, molds) that we are. Although they may sneeze or be congested, they will more likely be itchy and lick or scratch.
- Food – Cats are less commonly allergic to food items than fleas or environmental allergens. These kitties frequently rub their faces incessantly.
- Mosquitos – Some cats can develop severe allergies to these bites, which is an unfortunate problem in our south Louisiana mosquito haven. These cats typically have severe lesions on their nose and face.
Treatment for your cat depends on the cause. We will work with you to first, make your cat less itchy and then to help you determine what may be the underlying cause and how to reduce episodes.
If you think your cat may be suffering from allergies and would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 504-684-7681.