Urticaria in cats: causes, symptoms and remedies of the disease

Urticaria is a very rare disorder in cats: let’s find out what it is, what are the symptoms and what remedies to adopt.

Even the cat can have problems with their skin, which manifest themselves with the appearance of patches in various points of the hair, which usually cause itching. The hives in cats is a very rare disorder, although quite easy to learn to recognize. It is a very annoying pathology, which requires rapid and adequate medical intervention.

Symptoms and causes

Urticaria is a dermatological problem, almost always related to allergic reactions.

It is a disorder that rarely affects the cat; but despite this, it is easily recognizable. In fact, urticaria can be identified even by less experienced eyes. It is characterized by the appearance of red patches on the animal’s skin.

The most affected areas are the head, the legs, and the lower abdomen. At the same time as the red spots, itching usually also appears. The cat scratches itself compulsively, and if you do not intervene promptly, the animal, in order to obtain relief, inflicts wounds on itself; this favours the onset of infections.

Usually hives have no fatal consequences for the cat. However, where head swelling occurs, an obstruction of the airways can occur, resulting in death from feline asphyxiation.

Therapeutic treatment

In the presence of the aforementioned symptoms, it is necessary to contact your trusted veterinarian, so that he can intervene promptly on the problem.

Cat urticaria is usually treated by taking antihistamines or corticosteroids, depending on the severity of the disease.

It will be equally important to identify the underlying cause of the appearance of the cat’s skin disorder. The urticaria could have arisen from the bite of an insect, from the intake of a certain drug, but it could also be due to the allergic reaction caused by the ingestion of a specific food. And it is clear that if this is part of the cat’s diet, it must be eliminated; this is possible only after the detection of the allergen.

To this end it may be necessary to subject the animal to specific tests. Once the cause has been identified, it must be eliminated from the feline’s environment. It could be as much a plant as an insecticide, or, as already mentioned, a food.

For a given period of time it may even be necessary to put the collar on the cat, to prevent it from licking on the patches, or worse still on any wounds it has inflicted on itself, preventing them from healing.

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