Spot your cat’s seasonal allergies early
Winter is on its way out and spring is almost here. Trees are turning green and daffodils are blossoming, but that does mean pollen is also back…
If you’re starting to suffer from seasonal allergies, your favourite felines might be, too. However, cats are much better at hiding when they’re feeling under the weather, so it’s worth having them checked over by someone who knows what to look for. Visit us at Clent Hills Vets in Worcestershire, where it’s our job to spot seasonal allergies early on. And, if you need any advice before then, just consult our vet nurses.
Here are a few things to look out for and ways to ease – or even prevent – the discomfort that seasonal allergies can cause.
Understand the cause
Putting it simply, the same things that cause seasonal allergies in humans cause allergies in cat. As nature springs back, pollen can affect both inside and outside cats. If they go outside, it’s as easy as brushing up against some flowers, and even if they stay inside, pollen can enter your home on shoes and clothing.
Know what you’re looking for
Unlike humans, who will make sure you know if they’re suffering from seasonal allergies, cats aren’t always as easy to diagnose. It’s easy to recognise a runny nose and itchy eyes, but cats rarely have these symptoms.
Cat allergies tend to show up on their skin and coat, which can be hard to spot, but any redness is significant. Redness on their little tummies, paws, eyes, nose, mouth, or even their anus, can be a sign of seasonal allergies.
Redness normally leads to itchiness, which leads to scratching. If they’re scratching or grooming more than normal, it could be because of the itchiness that their allergies are causing. Sometimes they’ll even groom to the point of causing bald spots.
Reduce the risk of seasonal allergies in your home
There are actions you can take to reduce the risk of pollen affecting your cat this spring:
- If your cat goes outside, try to limit this when pollen counts are at their highest (dawn and dusk), or even bring them indoors for the season.
- Wipe over anything coming into the house. Shoes, jackets, paws, coats – anything that might have pollen on. Regular baths are also important to reduce pollen clinging to their fur.
- Cleaning your home isn’t just good for the mind, it can also reduce allergies in both humans and cats by cleaning up any further pollen or dust mites.
- Keep windows closed during times of high pollen counts. Or, if this isn’t possible, there are filters which remove these allergens from the air for you.
Let us help, it’s what we do
You can really make a difference by taking a few of the actions above, but sometimes they’ll be affected by seasonal allergies no matter how hard you try. When you see signs of discomfort in your pawed pals, it’s best to bring them to your local vets to confirm whether seasonal allergies are the cause and get the proper medication to keep the spring in their step.