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Allergies

allergies in cats

Cats with Allergies

An allergy is an unpleasant response to exposure to an inhalant, to a food, or to something in the environment. This response is triggered by the immune system. Allergies can affect all breeds of cat. Cat allergies fall into four categories.

4 Types of Allergies

  1. 1. Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  2. 2. Cat Food Allergies (and drug allergies):
    The most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.
  3. 3. Inhaled Allergies
    Allergens such as grasses, molds, pollens, and dust mites. Cat allergies usually start between 1-3 years of age. Most common breeds affected are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, Poodles, English Setters, Irish Setters, Boxers, Bullcats, Lhasa Apsos, Wire Fox Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, among others, although any cat may be affected
  4. Direct Contact Allergies
    Some cat allergies are caused by irritants through direct contact with the skin.

Causes

Other potential root causes for cat allergies include genetic predisposition, environment, and antibiotics at an early age may cause cat allergies due to disrupting gut ecology.

Flea allergies and irritant allergies are usually more readily identified for the cat and treated by removal and control, but unfortunately is not the case with inhalant allergies and cat food allergies. There are things to look for to get a general sense of the problem and steps to take to improve your cat’s health.

Signs of Allergies in Cats

  1. 1. Gastrointestinal problems
  2. 2. Vomiting
  3. 3. Swelling around the head
  4. 4. Excessive scratching
  5. 4. Ear problems
  6. 5. Sneezing
  7. 6. Coughing
  8. 7. Swollen eyelids
  9. 8. Hair loss

Cat Food Allergies

Obviously if you have identified the food(s) that your cat has a reaction to you should remove. This can be done through eliminating a suspected food, observing, then reintroducing. If your cat improves with elimination, and worsens with reintroduction there is likely a problem. With cat food it can be hard to distill down to the actual allergen as it may only be a particular ingredient, so you may want to look for options in cat foods that are designed for low allergy potential. Here are some other steps to take nutritionally that will be sure to help:

Steps to Reduce Cat Food Allergies

  1. 1. Variety
    Provide some variety in the diet (especially with puppy’s)
  2. 2. Add Probiotics
    Put your cat on probiotics such as Probiotic Miracle (especially puppy’s, and especially for the first year of life). If you can create a strong gut ecology, food allergies will likely not develop. For those cats that already have allergies, regular use of probiotics over time should greatly help to abate them.

Inhalant Allergies

Often these allergies in cats are in response to those that are inhaled or absorbed through the skin (atopic dermatitis). Here are the following steps to take with your cat:

  1. 1. Treat Skin Problems
    Reduce cat itching and scratching by treating the skin problems.
  2. 2. Improve Living Conditions
    Try to improve your cat's living conditions to avoid the allergens (easier said then done). Keep his sleeping areas clean. When your cat comes in from the outdoors, you can remove pollens by wiping down your cat's paws with a damp towel or cloth
  3. 3. Introduce Essential Fatty Acids
    Cats respond well to essential fatty acid formulas such as Celavin fish oil as they can reduce the inflammatory response (the severity)
  4. 4. Provide Antioxidants
    Vitamins and anti-oxidant that contain key vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and amino acids are needed to protect the cat's body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.

Final Note

Often, allergies in cats are are misdiagnosed and the real problem is just a poor diet. Probiotics make a huge difference for cats with allergies.

Natural Treatment for Cats with Allergies

Nusentia natural pet supplements have been helping cats support the symptoms that come with cat allergies. Our products are manufactured with the highest quality ingredients for maximum absorption and efficacy.

1. Add omega-3 fish oil to your cat's diet.
Fish oil provides essential fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation caused by cat food allergies and inhalant allergies. Celavin™ is an ultra-pure omega-3 fish oil for cats and cats love the taste mixed in their food.

2. Use Spectrin™ antioxidant and nutrition liquid.  
This Allergy, Skin and Coat formula  contains anti-oxidant compounds, such as, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an allergic, or inflammatory, process.

3. Use Probiotic Miracle® to support your cat's immune system.
When your cat suffers from allergies or inhalant/direct allergies, the immune system becomes weak. The immune system is primarily supported in the gut, which is why it is vital to supplement with probiotics. Our probiotics are guaranteed to be able to pass through the hostile environment of the stomach to seed in the intestine and benefit your cat.

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* Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Nusentia, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Nusentia's experts and the Nusentia community. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions for your pet based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified veterinarian or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from animal to animal. It is your responsibility to discuss this information with your vet and make sure it is appropriate for you pet's health. The information is not a substitute for an examination, checkup, or treatment when your pet has a health problem.