Does Your Cat Have an Allergy?
When a cat is allergic to something, common indications will be itchy skin, coughing
and/or sneezing, or vomiting or diarrhea in the case of a digestive allergy. Allergies to
fleas, foods, things inhaled, or something they have come in contact with are the most
likely allergies in cats.
Contact allergies generally result in a fairly localized reaction on the skin. The cat may
scratch a lot or there may be an indication of irritation at the place of contact. Most
common causes of contact allergies in cats would obviously be items with which they
come in close contact such as flea collars, bedding, toys, etc. The simplest cure is to
remove the contact.
Flea allergies are very common in cats. A normal cat may simply bite or scratch for a
while and then go on to other things, but a cat with a flea allergy may scratch, chew,
and worry at the spot until large amounts of fur are lost.
Inhalant types of allergies are probably the most common in cats. Your cat can be
allergic to the exact same allergens that you are. Tree pollens, grass pollens, and weed
pollens along with the rest of the items we humans fear; mold, mildew, dust mites, and
dust itself can all trigger allergic reactions in cats.
As in humans, true food allergies in cats can be extremely difficult to pinpoint. One
reason is that they commonly demonstrate many of the symptoms of distress seen in
the other groups. True food allergies in cats can cause itching and/or respiratory
problems. Most food allergies will center around the type of protein common in the
cat's diet, such as beef, pork, poultry, or lamb. Simply eliminating that type of protein
by changing to another type of food will usually take care of the problem.