Do You Know That Allergies Are Not Just A Human Thing?
In fact, cats can also have allergies. However, sometimes, it is difficult to determine whether your cat is having an allergic reaction. How can you know that it is just a simple itch or sneeze? What if it is a symptom of an allergy?
That’s where the challenge comes in. After all, cats can’t speak and tell us that they have allergies. It is up to us to determine whether they are having allergic reactions or not.
For this reason, it is helpful to know the three most common signs that your cat has allergies. Read on to learn more.
1. Skin problem
The most common sign of allergy in cats is skin problems. The first sign is moderate to intense itching. Upon closer look, you will observe signs of skin inflammation, which may include red spots, rashes, and swelling.
Because of constant itching, this may be followed by secondary infection, lesion, hot spots, excessive shedding or hair loss, scabbing and scratch-induced wound.
If you see your furry friend scratching more than usual and it persists for a week or two, it’s time to bring your cat to the vet and have him checked.
One of the best ways for your cat to get rid of irritants is through sneezing. However, if the allergy is persistent, then sneezing becomes persistent as well.
When sneezing does not work, your feline’s respiratory system may produce mucus in an attempt to mobilize allergen out of the respiratory tract. As a result, you may hear a wheezing sound and observe watery eyes or nose. Worse, your cat may have difficulty breathing.
Sneezing, as a sign of allergy, can be caused by a wide range of factors. For example, if your cat has a seasonal allergy, it could be due to environmental irritants such as pollen, mold, ragweed, and various types of grass.
Moreover, there might also be some allergens in your home. These may include dust, carpet powder, indoor cleaning products, perfume, and various industrial chemicals.
Be sure to be aware of the various circumstances that could have led to the sneezing attacks of your cat. This should give you an idea to which your cat is allergic.
3. Vomiting and diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea are more likely to be a sign that your cat has food allergies. If you notice your cat has a watery stool for more than three times a day and has this symptom for more than 24 hours, you need to see your vet.
In addition to diarrhea, vomiting may also come into play too. Your cat will do whatever it can to remove allergens within his system. Vomiting is just one of the best ways to do it.
The problem with allergies is it causes the body to have an exaggerated reaction to allergens that don’t normally cause serious issues. For this reason, be sure to carefully observe your cat. If you see signs of dehydration such as sunken eyeballs, weakness, and dry oral cavities, you need to see the vet immediately.
Prevention is always better than cure – that’s something all of us should keep in mind. To prevent allergies, you need to identify its signs and symptoms. So, be sure to take note of the points mentioned here.
Once you know your cat is having allergies, you can better identify what’s causing it and most importantly, know when to bring him to the vet. If you have further questions, it is best to discuss this topic with your trusted veterinarian. Feel free to do further research as well by reading various sources and talking to fellow pet lovers.
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