Allergies Can Make Your Cat Miserable
Allergies Can Make Your Cat Miserable
Like humans, cats can be severely allergic to different things. They may react in a similar way to people, too, by sneezing, scratching, or trying to see through watery eyes. If you notice that your cat is acting differently, it may be experiencing symptoms caused by allergies and it’s time to spring into action. The first thing you’ll want to do is determine the source of the allergy.
What Can Cats Be Allergic To?
There are many things that cats can be allergic to. For example, there are some cats that cannot tolerate perfume or cigarette smoke. Other cats have problems with long grass and pollen. Prescription pills are sometimes the culprit, and some topical solutions can cause irritations and other allergic reactions from your pet.
Some fabrics from sofa or bed material contain chemicals, and detergents used to wash your bedding or other surfaces your cat contacts, which can cause allergy problems. It could also be an ingredient in the food that you’re feeding them. If the allergy appears to intensify in nature, it’s time to go to the vet.
Knowing what signs and symptoms of allergies to look for in cats can help you in the event of an emergency situation. Identifying the source of your pets’ allergy can alleviate their discomfort, and save you some trouble down the road.
Signs and Symptoms of Allergies in Felines
Some symptoms of allergic reactions in felines include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itchy skin, itchy and watering eyes, itchy ears, vomiting, diarrhea, increased snoring, and increased licking or chewing of the paws. You may notice that your cat is acting differently, too. They maybe sleep more, avoid people, or stop eating. When these changes become apparent, be sure to get your cat medical attention, to avoid worsening the condition.
How to Treat Allergies in a Cat
The way to treat a cant’s allergy symptoms depends on the source of their allergy. If it is food-related, switching their food to a brand that doesn’t contain the ingredient that they’re allergic to can help clear an allergy up quickly. If it’s tall grass, make sure to cut it down, or to keep your cat indoors so they won’t roam through it freely.
If there is redness or skin breaks where the cat has bitten or scratched itself, you can calm the inflammation and irritation by spraying Corigem onto the wound, or putting on a pair of gloves, taking out the balm you need and applying it directly to the skin. Avoid putting your finger into the balm again after touching your pet, as you can contaminate the product.
Knowing When It’s Time to See the Vet
Monitoring your pet closely during an allergy attack is the best way to keep it from worsening. If you see that your pet is not getting better after following these tips, you’ll want to get in touch with your veterinarian. The medical professional can determine if there is a bigger problem causing the issue for your pet.
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