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How to Manage Cat Allergy Symptoms

  • Manage cat allergy aymptomsCat allergies is a common concern for the feline owner, and being well-educated on the signs and symptoms as previously discussed (Part 1 cat allergies) can help you in managing these problems. A cat can be subjected to allergies for various reasons most often resulting from a compromised immune system. It is sometimes due to a food allergy or environmental issues. If your cat’s immune system is not working to full capacity, it does not have the ability to fight off germs, bacteria, viruses, foreign proteins and other irritating elements your cat is presented with.

    Not all problems are a danger to your cat but surely can create discomfort and irritation. Along with food, other known causes of allergies may be pollen, feathers, powders, dust, wool and insect bites, just to name a few. Suddenly you may note your pet coughing and sneezing with watery eyes and possible ear infections. Eyes may become swollen and itchy. Your cat can exhibit gastrointestinal problems such as gas, diarrhea and vomiting.

    The allergen that your cat is exposed to usually occurs more than once to get a reaction. Hypersensitivity is the process of consequence to the allergen. In order to manage the allergies, you will need to identify the source of the problem. You can do so by a process of elimination. For example, if your cat gets sick or disturbed after eating, you may have to alter the diet to find out if it is the food. 

    Food allergies are common in many pets and the best way to manage the problem is to choose a diet that is all natural without additives and by-products. Some of the most common substances that cause hypersensitivity in your cat are corn, wheat, soy and sometimes proteins like fish, chicken, eggs, beef, pork and dairy products. The only way to know which ingredients bother your cat, other than testing by your veterinarian, is by trial and error. Read labels and if you feed your cat a chicken meal that causes reaction, switch to fish, beef or other flavor that seems to bring comfort and relief. Talk to your vet in severe cases because you may have a super sensitive kitty that requires a prescription type diet. However, there are many hypoallergenic cat foods on the market that you can select from at most larger pet supply stores. Staff is great at helping you make the right choice.

    Another common concern with allergy symptoms is known as Atopic Dermatitis, whether it results from inhaling airborne substances or coming in contact with an allergen. The trick is finding out what item your cat is allergic to. Take notice of whether you have changed the blanket, used different detergent or cleaning products or any other alterations in your life that could be affecting the cat. Does your cat have fleas or other parasites that could be causing the problem? Did you suddenly change shampoos on your cat? Atopic Dermatitis is not an easy fix because it is difficult to determine the cause and involves a lot of recognition on your part. If you cannot identify any recent modifications that caused an allergic reaction on your cat’s skin, paws, eyes and ears, it may be necessary to have your cat tested in order to begin a treatment plan by eliminating the culprit of the problem. If it is an inhalant substance like mold, grass, dusts and more, your vet may prescribe an antihistamine or corticosteroid. In some cases, allergy shots are beneficial but it depends on your cat. Sometimes a cat is allergic to certain vaccines. 

    Managing cat allergies is difficult and takes a lot of sampling and changes to find out what makes your cat so uncomfortable. Then and only then can you remedy the situation by eliminating the allergen. If everything is going well for your cat, don’t make any changes that could be hazardous to its health. If it does, work closely with your doctor in order to help your cat look and feel its best. Keep a daily journal and this way you can keep accurate records to show your vet. Remember to always consult your vet when it comes to your cat’s health. Give us your experiences, are you able to manage your cat's allergy symptons?

     

    Read Part 1 Cat Allergies and the Symptoms


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  • Mavis Bedford
    Mavis Bedford Thankfully, none of my cats have had allergies. It's the other way around with me being allergic to them! This is a great article, though, and I am going to bookmark it in case I am ever in this situation.
    June 7, 2013

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