Can Cats Have Seasonal Allergies?
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 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?
Other 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.
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.