In most instances when people think about cat allergies they think about human beings who are allergic to cats. The truth is, cats do suffer from several allergies too. Cat allergies are usually as a result of some unfavorable reaction to some allergens that the cat is exposed to. Some of the most common cat allergies include;
Most people assume that cats who suffer from some form of food allergy were born with the said condition; this is not true. Cats develop food allergy as they grow; the most common form of allergy is caused by some protein found in pork, turkey, beef and chicken. The cat usually scratches a lot and in most instances it causes respiratory and digestive disorders. It can be life threatening if not diagnosed early enough.
It is the one of the most common cat allergies. The feline gets allergic to some foreign particles in the air and reacts by sneezing or moving away from the irritant. The most common allergens that affect cats include pollen matter from select trees, weeds and grass, mildew, molds and even dust mites in the home. The effect of dust mites and molds can be difficult to detect because the feline may be exposed to them on a daily basis at home. Cat allergies caused by pollen is relatively easy to detect as they are usually seasonal in occurrence; usually over spring and summer.
It is one of the rarest cat allergies around. It is usually caused by a reaction to certain substances like wool found in bedding materials for pets or flea collar. It is usually causes very minor irritations to the cat; the cat usually scratches itself at the particular point of contact.
Most cats just like dogs do suffer from flea allergies. It is worth noting that it is not the actual flea or flea bite that causes the allergy, rather it is the saliva from the flea that causes the allergic reaction. This allergy causes the pet to severely itch and even chew or bite itself leading to open wounds, loss of hair or Scabs. These reactions may later lead to a bacterial infection that can be deadly. Fleas usually bite the rump of a cat; the area just before the tail, neck and head of the feline.
How to treat cat allergies
Treatment is usually dependent on the allergy that the feline is suffering from. In most instances, steroids are injected or given orally. If it is a seasonal allergy then the treatment should be applied only during the season if it is all year round then the treatment should be all year round and accompanied by the use of some shampoo.
Allergies can also be treated by desensitization using specific antigen injections. It involves first identifying the allergen then getting its antigen; it is usually done on a weekly basis. It usually reprograms the feline’s immune system.
The last form of curing a cat allergy is removing the allergens from the cats surrounding. It involves identifying the allergen by either testing the food or paying keen attention to the felines surrounding and noting the irritating allergen.