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Can Cats Have Seasonal Allergies?

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Can cats have seasonal allergies? You would definitely be forgiven for thinking that cats can have seasonal allergies. We all know the times of year when the pollen count is high.

Us humans are sneezing about the place with watery eyes – what impact does this kind of air quality have on our cats?

seasonal allergies in cats

Seasonal Allergies and Cats

Well the fact is, cats do have seasonal airborne allergies. However, instead of exhibiting breathing problems, the symptoms are often itchiness.

Itchy skin, or atopy is a condition caused by inhaled allergens such as the pollen, at the time of year the pollen count is high. (Airborne mould particles can also cause the same reaction.)

In addition to airborne seasonal allergies, some allergens can be absorbed through the skin or eaten. However, these are not seasonal and can happen at any time of the year.


Are flea-bites also Seasonal?

flea-bites-on-cats are they seasonalOther cat allergies that seem to be seasonal are that of flea-bites. In some parts of the country, fleas bite more regularly in the fall. This is because they are at their highest numbers just before the weather temperature drops, (at which point many die due to the cold).

Therefore, you may well think your cat has a seasonal allergy if at this time of year, they are itching and altogether responding badly to fleas.

Some poor cats are so sensitive to flea-bites, they can end up itching for multiple weeks just off a single bite. As fleas can live inside throughout the year, it is best to treat your cat often with anti flea products, and other means of flea-bite prevention.

If you find that your cat has some kind of seasonal allergy and is itching a lot, (or showing other adverse symptoms) you should visit your local veterinarian as soon as you can.


Combating Seasonal Allergies in Cats

There are various methods available to combat against seasonal allergies in cats, the following being some that your veterinary may prescribe and/or advise:

  • Prescription flea products can be very effective in actually preventing your cat from being bitten in the first place. If used correctly, on a monthly preventative schedule you can eliminate flea-bites as a seasonal discomfort for your cat. The Bayer Advantage II Flea Control Treatment for Cats comes highly recommended.

  • You may be advised to bath your cat with a hypoallergenic, soap-free shampoo. Products such as the Micro-Tek Pet Shampoo, work very well in getting rid of cat fleas. Carried out once or twice a week, this is a proven way of decreasing your cat’s allergic exposure. If they are already showing signs of atopy, regular bathing can help control their itchiness.
  • Watch what you feed your cat. Foods with high omega-3 fatty acids, (fish for instance) have been clinically proven to interrupt the body’s allergic responses. Your vet may also suggest dietary supplements. A recommended cat dietary supplement for flea control is the Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control.
  • Antihistamines are another method used to inhibit or suppress the body’s allergic response to allergens. These can be brought over the counter, your vet should recommend something relative to your cat and their degree of discomfort, as doses vary.
  • In some cases you vet may very well prescribe antibiotics and prescription antibacterials. If your cat is itching terribly, antiyeast shampoos maybe used to prevent infection caused by the incessant scratching.

cat-scratching seasonal allergies

One thing to bare in mind is that cats will itch for all sorts of reasons, and it might not be due to a seasonal allergy.

While cats can certainly have seasonal allergies, you are highly advised to get to the bottom of any allergy and discomfort your pet might show signs of.

Routine examinations by your veterinarian are all part of pet ownership, and will help diagnose, prevent and treat any type of itchy skin conditions, seasonal or otherwise.

A happy cat is the best cat of all. And we all want the best for our little furry friends.

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