I bet you though people were the only creatures that suffered from allergies! Truth is, if you have been a cat owner for any length of time, you have probably encountered an animal suffering from some form of allergies or another.
In fact, many cats have allergies, along the same ratio as humans. But there are several different kinds of feline allergies and it can be very helpful to be able to identify them in the event that your little buddy begins to encounter one or more.
Cat typically suffer suffer allergies from one of four different categories:
- Physical contact - this is where something that the animal physically touches, causes a reaction. Often this reaction is seen as a skin irritation. The irritation can be red and inflamed, or it can also be visible sores that appear in the skin.
- Inhaled allergies - just like us humans, cats can develop an allergy to air born items like dust mites or pollen. In fact, this is far more common than you might think. Usually you can look for sneezing or wheezing as typical symptoms.
- Food allergies - cats are not usually born with a food allergy. Instead, if they encounter the same food over a long period of time, they can sometimes develop a reaction to it. These reactions are usually in the form of digestive issues but can occasionally be much more severe.
- Flea allergies - a flea allergy can often be the most visually disturbing. Flea bites itch, but for a cat with a flea allergy the itching can be excessive and lead to severe biting and scratching of bitten areas. The excessive skin irritation from the scratching can cause hair loss, scabbing, and even infection. This is a special feline allergy to be aware of.