Allergies in felines are many, and it is important to recognize them in order to help your cat. Let’s see together what are the most common allergies that we can find in cats.
Cats can suffer from many allergies over the course of their life, some of them have symptoms such as itching, others even have vomiting and diarrhea. To help your four-legged friend, you need to know how to recognize the most common allergies that can occur in felines.
Below we propose 6 types of allergies that can occur in your cat at any time of the year, some of them can even last all year round.
Most common allergies in cats: 6 very frequent
Allergy to pollen
Very common in cats is allergy to tree or plant pollen. If your cat has this type of allergy it could lick and scratch its body, in more severe cases it could scratch itself and damage its skin. Pollen allergy is usually seasonal, but it can also become an ongoing problem in older cats.
To determine what your cat is allergic to, a skin or blood test for allergies is recommended. To reduce the risk of pollen allergy in the feline, it is recommended to keep it indoors with the windows closed and the air conditioner on, or wipe it with a damp cloth to remove pollen trapped in the fur.
Another very common type of allergy in cats is flea allergy. In case your cat is stung by a flea, you may notice him licking or scratching very hard the following points: neck, belly, legs, base of the tail and hips.
To manage this allergy it is necessary to apply a flea antiperspirant to your feline, it is absolutely forbidden to use a flea antiperspirant for dogs on the cat, as it could cause damage to the cat.
Felines can also have allergies to certain foods. Furthermore, cats can have a food allergy at any age and above all, both with foods they already ate, and with new foods. Symptoms that arise when a cat has a food allergy are:
- Itchy skin or ear
- Vomiting cat
- Intestinal gas in cats
- Diarrhea in cats
In the event that your cat exhibits the symptoms listed above, it is advisable to contact a veterinarian who, after diagnosing your cat‘s food allergy, will prescribe the right treatment.
Allergy to plastic bowls
For many experts, feline chin acne is linked to plastic allergy as cats with this acne eat and drink from plastic bowls. Feline chin acne usually looks like a pus-filled chin “bump”. In case you think your cat may be allergic to plastic bowls, try replacing them with ceramic or glass ones, being careful to clean them very well.
Felines can also be allergic to dust, mites or mold. The symptoms are the same as for seasonal allergies, i.e. the cat scratches and licks itself, with the only difference that this happens throughout the year. To prevent your cat from coming into contact with household allergens, clean the house often and thoroughly, use air filters, and wash or clean your cat with a damp towel.
Allergy to perfumes
Some cats may also have an allergy to certain scents such as: air sprays, cloth detergents, cleaning products. If you notice your cat sneezing, scratching, or avoiding a scented room, he may have this type of allergy. It is recommended to use non-perfumed products.