A cat owner will tell you that their pet is a member of the family. When that pet becomes sick, the first step is to visit a local veterinarian for help. Sometimes, however, your cat will need more specialized help. If the kitty is having problems with their skin, fur, mouth, or nose, the vet may refer you to a cat allergist. The purpose of seeing a specialist is to get the cat the right treatment to help overcome their ailment.
Just like people, cats can suffer from allergies. These allergies may be seasonal or chronic. Some symptoms of allergies in cats include sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy skin. If your cat seem to be losing a lot of fur from scratching, they may be allergic to something in the environment. Unfortunately, cats are very good at hiding any pain or discomfort from their owners, so if you sense something is not right, be sure to get them checked out by a vet right away. Common allergens for cats include flea bites, mold, plants, perfumes, and sometimes foods. Only an allergist can properly determine what is causing your cat distress.
Once the allergies are identified, the veterinary allergist will determine the best treatment for your cat. If flea bites are the problem, the doctor will more than likely begin the cat on a preventative medication to keep fleas away from the cat. For cats who are allergic to dust, it’s best to change the cat litter to one that is labeled as being dust-free. Vacuuming and changing linens on a regular basis will also keep dust levels to a minimum. Food allergies will be treated with a prescription diet. If the allergies are causing the cat respiratory problems, then a steroid medication or rescue inhaler may be prescribed to help your pet breathe easier. Anti-histamines may also be recommended to reduce itching.
No matter the allergy, a specialized vet will be able to find a way to help reduce your cat’s discomfort. Make a list of symptoms to take to your vet visit. Be sure to include any foods or medications your cat has recently ingested. The more information you can provide the vet at the first appointment, the quicker the doctor will be able to determine a treatment regimen for your cat.