My cat has allergies and I can’t find the kitty Kleenex.
Just like people, cat’s immune systems can become overly sensitive to several types of environmental allergens. But while people reach for the medicine cabinet during allergy flare ups, it’s a little harder for those with opposable thumbs to relieve allergy symptoms.
Cats have primarily two types of allergies. Environmental allergies and food allergies. If your cat is wheezing, itching, and has runny eyes during the spring, summer or fall, he probably has seasonal allergies. If the symptoms continue year-round your kitty is probably having a reaction to something constant in his surroundings or it’s something in his diet.
However, if you live where there is no hard freeze in the winter, environmental allergens can build up, causing issues all year long for your furry friend. Eventually, those seasonal allergies will worsen into year-round allergies.
Before your kitty becomes too miserable take a trip to the veterinarian. Your doctor can do a complete exam to determine if the cat has allergies or just a cold. Yes, cats can get colds or what the vets call feline upper respiratory disease.
If your vet surmises your cat has allergies he might want to start with a change of food to help narrow down the choices. If the vet suspects skin allergies, he may refer you to a veterinary dermatologist.
Once your cat has been diagnosed as an allergy sufferer, the best way to treat him is to remove allergens causing his symptoms from the environment. For example, if your cat’s allergies are caused by a scent in the littler, switch to a scent-free brand. Or if your cat is allergic to flea bites, treat him with a recommend flea and tick preventative from your veterinarian.
Bathing your cat a couple of times of year can help with skin irritation and itching. There are several brands on the market made especially for skin disorders that won’t dry out the skin. Don’t use too much shampoo. A couple of drops should do the trick.
If your cat goes outside, wipe off his feet with a damp cloth before letting him back in the house.
Food allergies can be a little trickier. It may take a prescription diet or you may be making your cat home cooked meals. Your veterinarian can help determine the best course of action and if the cat will need dietary supplements to ensure he is getting all the daily nutrients he needs.
Some of the common symptoms associated with cat allergies are runny eyes, skin disorders, diarrhea, breathing issues, sneezing, wheezing and vomiting.
Giving your cat natural nutrients and supplements can also help alleviate allergy symptoms. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties. Omega-3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation and coconut oil, which contains lauric acid, helps to decrease the production of yeast.
But my favorite is Allergena, a Homeopathic Immunotherapy that reduces your pet’s negative reaction to allergens. Allergena for pets allergy drops build immunity by giving micro doses of what your pet is allergic to so their body becomes safely conditioned to tolerate those allergens and reduce allergic symptoms.