Q: Do cats suffer from allergies?
A: Yes. None of my current cats have allergies but I have cared for some cats that suffer from allergies. One client had a cat named Lady who suffered from asthma, which made her much more susceptible to airborne allergens. My client had to keep the windows closed and have an air purifier running to make sure her cat was comfortable. It was worth it because this cat was extremely affectionate and in every way a “good girl.” I guess she knew she was being well taken care of.
Cat allergy symptoms could include severe licking and scratching. If untreated, this could lead to hair loss, skin sores and infection. If you suspect any problems, take your cat to the vet; he or she can steer you toward a diagnosis and treatment. Medications can help and you make some simple changes in the home.
Indoor allergens such as dust mites, mold spoors, disinfectants, deodorizers, cigarette smoke, powdered carpet fresheners and dusty cat litter can trouble cats in the same way they can trouble people. If your cat has allergies, buy top quality dust-free litter, vacuum floors and surfaces frequently and wash cat bedding in hot water every week.
Providing a clean living space will go a long way toward making your cat more comfortable. Like most feline issues, cat allergies can be addressed and problems lessened with patience and determination — and don’t forget the cat treats!
As always I welcome your stories and comments.
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