Allergies are never fun, and just like us, our precious cats can suffer from environmental allergies. Allergies are an overreaction or hypersensitivity to a particular substance, like a certain food or pollen. Environmental allergies can cause significant discomfort and side effects that can leave our cats uncomfortable.
Today, we’re discussing the ways that you can ease your cat’s allergies, signs of environmental allergies in cats, and what may be causing your cat’s environmental allergies.
What Are Environmental Allergies in Cats?
Environmental allergies are prevalent among all cat breeds and can affect a cat at any age.
The following are common allergens for cats:
- Dander from other animals
- Mold Spores
- Dust Mites
- Flea saliva or bites
- Grass or other plants
Environmental allergies can be challenging to diagnose, but with your veterinarian’s help, you can pinpoint what your cat is reacting to and discuss treatments to ease their discomfort.
Signs of Environmental Allergies in Cats
Watch out for these common allergy side effects:
- Hair loss
- Excessive scratching
- Sores due to excessive licking
- Red, itchy skin
- Irritated nasal passage
- Scaly skin
- Chronic ear infections
If your cat is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please reach out to their veterinarian to have them checked out and to receive personalized medical advice. (1)
How Can I Help My Cat’s Environmental Allergies?
Environmental allergies are nearly impossible to avoid because allergens like pollen or spores are airborne and can easily find their way into your home. However, it is possible to decrease your cat’s exposure to these allergens to ease their discomfort.
- Wash their bedding and toys frequently. Throw their blankets, bedding, and washable toys in the washer regularly to clean their belongings free of pollen and other irritants.
- Keep your cat indoors to reduce their exposure to allergens.
- Anti-histamine medications. Your cat’s veterinarian may prescribe anti-histamine medications to help minimize any discomfort caused by their allergies.
- Fatty acid supplements may help soothe your cat’s itchy skin. You can also look for products, like cat-friendly oatmeal shampoo, to help with itchy skin. Always check with your veterinarian before giving your kitty any supplements or medications.
- Wipe down your kitten’s paws. If your cat does go outside or has exposure to allergens in your home, regularly wipe down their paws to remove allergens, like pollen, that may cling to their paws. Wiping your cat’s paws off will minimize the chance of pollen or other allergens getting into their eyes, mouth, and fur.
Allergies can be frustrating and annoying for your cat. If your kitten is experiencing any allergy symptoms, reach out to their veterinarian to have them checked out. (2)
Remember a happy kitty is a healthy kitty! Continue taking your cat to regular veterinary appointments to help them live their happiest and healthiest life.