If your cat is scratching or grooming vigorously, it could be an allergic reaction to something.
In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, treatments, and remedies for cat allergies.
If your cat has been scratching or licking a lot recently, please read this.
Cats get allergies just like humans
Cats can get allergies just like humans.
Especially in recent years, the number of indoor cats is increasing, and many children who grow up in a clean environment develop allergies.
Allergy is a disease in which substances that are normally harmless to the body (pollen, dust, flea mites, food, etc.) bind to their own antibodies and cause various inflammatory reactions.
When it comes to allergies in humans, we often see symptoms such as runny nose and constant tears like hay fever, but most allergies in cats are "skin troubles (allergic dermatitis)".
So, let's talk about allergic dermatitis in cats.
What Causes Cat Allergic Dermatitis?Most itchy dermatitis in cats is considered "allergic dermatitis". For allergic dermatitis in cats,
- food-related food allergies
- Flea allergy dermatitis caused by fleas
- "Non-flea non-food allergic dermatitis" caused by something other than fleas and food
- Insect allergy caused by insects
There are four types, and it is important to distinguish between them.
In addition to these, atopic dermatitis may occur in which several allergies such as contact allergy and drug eruption are involved in a complex manner.
Try to keep your cat clean on a daily basis
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Allergic reactions can occur to certain foods such as beef, dairy products, and grains (wheat, rice, corn, etc.).
Food allergies are often accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.
You may suddenly develop symptoms for a meal you used to eat all the time.
flea allergy dermatitis
It is caused by an allergic reaction to flea saliva.
It is characterized by strong generalized itching, but symptoms such as hair loss and redness are seen, especially from the base of the tail to the back.
Fleas and flea droppings (flea droppings look like black dots and turn red when wet) are sometimes seen but often not found.