Do cats get allergies too?

Yes, cats can get allergies just like people do. Go to this page if you're looking for information on allergies in people. Feline allergies can cause reactions that mimic many other diseases, and there are a variety of different things that can cause these reactions in cats.

   

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A couple of the major ones:

Dermatitis From Flea Allergies - A skin condition caused by allergic reaction to the saliva of fleas.

Allergic Reactions to Food - Sometimes cats develop allergies to the proteins in the foods they have been eating, and you will need to switch their diet to get rid of whatever is causing it.

Allergic Reactions in Cats to Airborne Particles:

This is one of the major causes of allergic reactions in cats. Like people, cats are subject to allergic reactions to things they breathe in seasonally - pollen, mold, mildew, etc. - virtually anything people can have allergies to, cats can as well. Unlike people, cats usually manifest these allergies through skin conditions and itchy skin. The biggest symptom of feline allergies is thus scratching frequently for no apparent reason.

The treatments for this recommended by most vets are to use allergy shots (which can eliminate the allergic reaction, but can be expensive) or to use a hypoallergenic shampoo on the cat. You can also take steps to reduce the amount of allergens that your cat is being exposed to - get an air purifier, and also keep the cat indoors in the spring if it appears to be seasonal.

Random Allergic Reactions:

Cats can also just be allergic to a wide array of different things - ranging from wool sweaters to household chemicals. Your vet may have to work with you to figure out what exactly is causing the reaction if nothing can be readily identified.

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