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Cats are commonly affected by the allergies which occur when their immune system overacts to various foreign particles or substances (called allergens). The overactive immune system of cats can cause any of the following allergy symptoms:
• Coughing, sneezing or wheezing
• Skin itchiness causing scratching and rubbing
• Diarrhoea, vomiting, or bloating
The four types of allergy that affect cats are:
• Food allergies
• Flea allergies
• Airborne allergies (atopy)
• Contact allergies
If you suspect your feline friend has any of this kind of allergies, you should see your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may recommend the below mentioned treatments that give your allergic cat relief during her most itchy times:
1. Anti-inflammatory medications
Anti-inflammatory medications like antihistamines, steroids, or cyclosporine may be prescribed by your veterinarian as these medications dramatically block the allergic reaction in most of the cases. These medications provide immediate relief to your cat from the skin irritation and severe itching related to most types of skin allergy.
Often yeast or bacterial skin infections make worse the itch of allergy. Your veterinarian may recommend the use of anti-yeast medications or oral antibiotics in order to treat these microbial infections.
There are various anti-allergic shampoos and frequent bathing with these shampoos removes debris, pollens, and other allergens from the coat of cat that could be absorbed through the skin. Your veterinarian may prescribe you an anti-allergic shampoo or conditioner that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Some additional things that you can do at your home in order to minimize the itchiness of your allergic feline friend are:
• You should try to minimize the exposure of cat to the suspected allergens
• You should feed your feline companion optimum quality and nutritious cat food with proper supplements to ensure she has no dietary deficiencies
• You should give cat pet supplement with appropriate amount of fatty acids so as to improve the quality of their skin and coat and it also has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties.
• You should use stainless steel or glass feeding dishes and clean them on regular basis
• You should brush the coat hair of your cat regularly in order to distribute the natural oils and prevent the mats that can further irritate itchy skin
• You should apply a natural ointment in particular areas where the skin is broken
• You should use flea preventative on regular basis as the allergic cats are more sensitive than the normal cats to insect or flea bites.
• You should wash your feline friend’s bedding with hypoallergenic detergent in hot water