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Quick Reference Guide to Identifying & Combating Cat Allergies

How to Identify Cat Allergies

Cat allergies are one of the most frustrating conditions for cats and their owners. There are a variety of treatment options because there is no one safe and effective treatment. Scratching is just one sign your cat might have an allergy.

Allergies can affect different body parts in different ways. There are four main allergy categories: airborne, flea dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and food.

Here in our house, we have dealt with all but the flea allergies (thanks to our regular prevention regimen). There’s a lot of good information out there, but when you’re going through it with your cat, it can be difficult to find resources that zero in on what you need in a manageable way.

With that in mind, here’s a quick reference guide to cat allergies. Please consult your vet if your cat is experiencing any of these symptoms.

Airborne Allergies

These occur when your cat inhales particles that he’s allergic to.

Flea Dermatitis

This occurs when your cat has a reaction to a flea bite. You can pretty easily prevent this by giving him regular flea prevention.

Contact Dermatitis

This occurs when your cat touches something that he’s allergic to.

Food Allergies

These kick in when your cat ingests something he’s allergic to.

Treatments Options for Allergies in Cats

There are many ways to tackle allergies. Depending on the type of allergy, the allergen, and the cat, you might have to try a few things (or a combination of things) to find the right treatment. Remember to enlist the guidance of your vet when commencing this battle. I’ll start with the easier strategies and work up to the more serious treatments.

I hope these help you understand more about allergies, causes and treatment options in your cat.