Does My Cat Have Allergies?

How can I tell if my cat has allergies? Is the amount of hair she is shedding normal? What could she be allergic to? All of these may be questions you might ask if you suspect something is wrong with your cat. The best advice I could give you would be to first make an appointment with your veterinarian; he or she would be able to help you decide if your cat had allergies.

Keeping your cat and home free of fleas is very important, as some cats have allergies to flea saliva.  They may have a reaction when bitten. Interestingly enough, ear infections are sometimes indicative of an allergy.

If your cat has developed an allergy to food, you can ask your veterinarian’s recommendations as to how you should introduce new foods to find out which one your cat may be allergic to. Pollen and dusts can cause allergies in your cat just like they cause allergies in people. Your veterinarian may recommend antihistamines if the offending allergen cannot be found or taken away from your cat’s environment. In severe cases of allergies, your veterinarian can take skin or blood tests to determine the allergen and a combination of the allergens can be injected to help build up your cat’s immunity to them.

Hopefully when you find hair floating around and covering the cushions of your sofa, it is due to normal seasonal shedding and you will never have to ask, “does my cat have allergies?”

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