Do Cats Have Allergies?
Cat owners often aren’t aware that felines regularly experience allergies, just like humans do. Different breeds of cats are prone to different types of allergies and symptoms. There are a few key things to note when trying to tell if something is impacting your cat. When a cat experiences allergies, their immune system is susceptible to the substances that surround them. Even everyday materials in their environment can feel threatening.
When your cat’s body starts to work against these threats, certain signs begin to become apparent. For you to get your cat feeling healthy, check to see if they’re experiencing the following symptoms.
Here are a few signs & symptoms of cat allergies:
- Paw chewing or swollen paws
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Itchy back or base of tail, common in flea allergies
- Itchy skin
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
How can I tell if my cat is having an allergic reaction to food?
We know that as a cat parent, you try to feed your cat only the best foods available. However, allergies can develop suddenly, so an ingredient in the food you’re feeding your cat may start to make them sick. There’s also the chance they get into any human food you left out on the counter. Pay attention to these signs if they occur after your kitty eats:
- Scratching their heads
- Diarrhea or vomiting
What are cats allergic to?
As we’ve mentioned before, cats can be allergic to a variety of different things. If you have an outdoor cat, they could be developing allergies to something in nature like pollen, ragweed, or bug bites. If you have an indoor cat, they might develop allergies to things you use in your everyday life. The following items can trigger an allergic reaction in your cat:
- Cigarette smoke
- Rubber and plastic
- Cleaning products
- Prescription drugs
- Fleas and flea products
- Tree, grass, mold, and dust pollens
Whether your cat is chasing the wind outside or is snuggling on the ledge indoors, it’s crucial to stay aware of the things they’re coming in contact with daily. If you notice your cat is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, schedule a time to meet with your veterinarian. A happy cat makes for a happy home, so make sure they’re feeling their best so you can be your best too!