A Cat Can Be Allergic To Its Litter

cat litter allergiesAnyone who has a cat knows someone who may be allergic to their pet without realizing that feline may have its own allergies as well. Cats do have environmental allergies to pollen, dust, smoke, mildew and mold, household items as well as some foods and their own litter. Rare but true – a cat can have an allergy to its own litter and you can have him/her tested for the cause of its allergies. If your cat has been found to be allergic to the litter, there are solutions to the problem so your cat can live a happier healthier life while doing what comes naturally.

Many cats are allergic to their own litter and you may not even know it. Most often, it is the dust that is stirred up in the litter. As a result, your cat develops allergies and asthma from the dust and substances that make up that litter.

Common symptoms of allergies you may note in your cat are a runny nose, redness of the eyes, sneezing as well as their eyes become itchy and watery. Your feline may also be lethargic and uncomfortable. 

Some of the substances in litter that triggers allergies in animals may be the silica dust, absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate known as bentonite, clay dust and fragrances. Kittens and senior cats are more prone to allergies to these chemicals because of their poor immune systems.

Your cat can go through the traditional allergy tests to establish the root of the allergy problem. If it is found that the litter is the problem, the best resolution is a gradual transition from the old to a new litter for your cat. It is important that you read the labels on the litter to make sure it does not contain any of the chemicals that caused the allergies to begin with. 

Choose a natural litter with minimal dust and provide your cat a metal or ceramic litter box. Studies have shown that plastic litter boxes accumulate the dust and other chemicals that cause the allergies. Litter change may not solve the entire allergy problem and for further relief, your cat may need an antihistamine as prescribed by your veterinarian

Another litter option for your cat is the use of crystal litter which is silicone-based for better absorption while managing odor. There are other natural litters made from corn, paper or wheat. For help in choosing the right litter for your cat, speak with the staff at one of the larger pet supply stores about the available litters that are safe for your pet.

Since cats protest change, it may take some time to get him/her to accept the new litter. Changing the litter should be a gradual process of combining the old with the new while slowly adding more new over time. In due time, the cat will accept the change, which is in the feline’s best interest.

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