Have your cat curled up next to you on the couch after a long day at work can be one of the best feelings in the world. While, on the other hand, there is nothing more erking than witnessing your cat itch and scratch compulsively, not to mention the never ending licking that usually accompanies the incurable itch.
Boosting your feline off the couch may not be the best solution. It’s important to recognize and approach your cat’s allergies so that normal behaviors (including the couch cuddles) can occur again. Finding the root of the allergies or allergic reaction is the first step in figuring out how to approach and manage your feline’s allergies.
As a feline parent, I’m sure you’re wondering which over-the-counter medication to use, if there are natural options for cat allergies, and exactly how much/what dose do you give your cat. In today’s article, we’ll talk all things allergens, medications, and natural remedies to help you and your furry friend get back to a sneeze-free cuddle sesh.
Let’s jump right in!
Feline Allergies: What to Do and Why it’s Happening
First things first, let’s define an allergy. An allergy is when your cat experiences a hypersensitivity to something or something in their environment. Their immune system innately identifies this allergen as foreign and potentially dangerous, which in return, will lead the immune system to producing antibodies to “defend” the body.
Felines with allergies may have an extreme reaction to substances that are usually harmless to other pets. For example, a severe allergic reaction can include side effects that leave your catto feeling pretty down. Signs and symptoms of a feline allergic reaction may differ depending on the allergen they have been in contact with.
Allergy Signs and Symptoms to Keep an Eye On
Take note of any of the following signs and symptoms of cat allergies. This may be able to help you down the road when you’re discussing your concerns to your veterinarian.
- Ear infections
- Itchy and teary eyes
- Excessive grooming
- Pulling out hair
- Excessive scratching
- Gnawing at paws
- Runny nose
- Skin lesions
- Anaphylactic shock
These are just some of the potential signs and symptoms your feline may experience during an allergy attack or allergic reaction. Any odd or abnormal behavior in your cat should be noted as a sign of unwellness. After all, you do know your cat best. If something seems off, it’s likely the case.
What Causes Allergies in Cats?
There are numerous factors that may be contributing to or causing your feline’s allergies. By first identifying the allergen, you can work to try and remove it from your cat’s daily environment. The different potential causes of cat allergies may include: