Cat allergies can be from many internal and external issues. Does your cat itch itself more than normal?
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
Cat allergies are similar to human allergies.
There are many reasons why a cat will all of a sudden begin to itch more than normal and actually start to pull its fur out. The first thing all cat owners should do is start a journal and think back to just before the itching event and describe how your cat was before and how it is now. Is it having runny nose, sneezing, or discharge from the eyes or ear infections? The main reason for doing a journal is to help you chart the changes to your cat and this information will assist your veterinarian in making a proper diagnosis.
Cat allergies to specific ingredients in their food.
1. Diet is one of the first things you need to review and likely improve on. A cat constantly eating a diet that is poor in nutrition will develop skin allergies. This will continue and get worse over time. Providing a balanced raw diet will help improve your cats immune system that can assist in reducing the allergy symptoms. Adding some essential fatty acids does wonders for the cat’s skin and coat and you should be supplementing their diet with salmon or fish oil. Your cat may be allergic to some of the ingredients in the cat food that is causing this reaction. Cats can be allergic to wheat, corn, soy and sometimes the meat source such as beef or fish. Adding pet probiotics with enzymes will assist your cat’s digestion and support the immune system.
Insect bites and waste can cause cat allergies.
2. Fleas can be the source of the problem. Cats infected with fleas usually are itchy around the neck area. Inspecting your cat with a flea comb to find live fleas or feces from them will let you know immediately what the problem is. I recommend natural nontoxic methods of removal of fleas and have a recent blog with more detail on flea removal.
3. Other causes of itchiness in your cat may be due to insect bites or contact with other animals that have infections with fleas, scabies, ringworm, or mange. You should note in your journal whether there has been contact with other cats not part of your home. An outdoor cat will likely have contact with many other cats in a short period. I always recommend that your take your cat in for a wellness check when it starts having unusual symptoms rather than waiting for the problem to get worse.
Like humans, airborne particles can cause cat allergies.
4. One of the most difficult allergies to diagnose is an airborne allergy that often causes itchy skin with cats. This can be due to the same things humans are allergic to such as dust, spores, and pollens. One thing most pet owners forget is a cat is a tiny animal compared to a human so they are much more susceptible to reactions with household chemicals, herbicides and pesticides. There are cases of dermatitis due to chemicals added in carpet and fabrics to make them stain resistant. I have an eBook that goes into more depth about toxins and your cat.
In summary, because there are so many ways that will cause an allergic reaction to your cat making it difficult to identify what exactly is causing the problem. One of the best ways to combat most cat allergies is keeping your cat’s immune system strong with a proper and balanced diet. Most commercial cat foods fail in this area. I have a blog that provides a few recommendations that can be purchased online or in the pet food stores. I also have an eBook called Cat Food 101 with more detail on this subject.
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