Jordan Walker says cats are his calming buddies even though they tend to own you. His passion for animals is evident in his posts in Coops And Cages and in other blogs, sharing his knowledge to pet lovers like me. In this article, he’ll tell you how to take care of allergic problems in cats.
Regal as they are, cats are just like humans. They are prone to several types of illnesses and one of these is allergy. Have you ever experienced having rashes on your skin when you get in contact with dusts and other types of irritating substances? The itchiness can be unbearable. If you love your pet, behavioral conditioning such as litter training should not only be you only concern. Cats can feel agitated too when they have allergies. Here are the types of allergies experienced by cats and how you can remedy them:
If your cat suddenly develops symptoms of upset stomach, respiratory problems, and itchiness, this could be indicative of food allergy. Sensitivity to food is not an inborn condition for cats. However, physiological changes as they age may make their immune system insufficient to handle foods like milk. Determining which food your cat is allergic to is a matter of trial and error. One way to do this is to put your cat in a sole diet and observing its symptoms. When itchiness or other symptoms of allergy occur, stop feeding your cat with the said food.
Simple skin contact to irritants can cause redness and itchiness on cat’s skin. Where to find these? Cats will usually touch the ground with their bellies, elbows, and the bottom of their paws. You have to be able to identify the allergen and prevent your cat from coming into contact with it. Common allergens include carpeting, household chemicals like detergents and rubber materials.
Cats normally suffer from flea infestation just like dogs. However, instead of the simple red bump usually seen after a single bite, flea allergy in cats will make symptoms more severe. Indications of flea allergy are sores and scabs after being bitten. To get rid of it, get rid of its source. Use flea shampoos and powders. For the itch, ask your veterinarian for itch control medicine.
It’s not just because they are spoiled pampered cats. Some cats are truly sensitive some types of airborne irritants. Unlike humans that exhibit respiratory problems, airborne allergy in cats will most likely show as uncontrollable itching in the body. This may be prevalent in certain seasons. For example, spring with flowers blooming could trigger pollen allergy.
When your cat exhibits any of the symptoms mentioned above, take it to the veterinarian immediately. Notice how the symptoms are similar for each cat allergy condition? Your veterinarian will best be able to determine which particular type of allergy your cat is suffering from and the best cure for it.
Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCagesIf you like this then you should also check out: