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Common Causes of Allergies In Cats

May 27th 2015 at 3:47 AM

Allergies occur when the animal’s immune system over-reacts to a specific allergen present in food or in the environment. Symptoms usually include skin itching and irritation, persistent scratching, crusty skin lesions, and hair loss.

The most common type of allergy in cats is flea allergy. When a hypersensitive cat is bitten by a flea, there is a subsequent allergic reaction. In most cases, you won’t see any fleas on your cat because most adult fleas are removed when the cat grooms himself.

Cats can also suffer from food allergy. They can develop a hypersensitivity reaction to a specific ingredient in their diet, usually one that they have been eating for a long time. Most common culprits include wheat, corn, fish, or chicken.

Another type of allergic reaction in cats is called atopy. This is triggered by inhalation of airborne allergens such as dust and pollen. The chance for a cat to develop atopy is thought to be congenital, but there is insufficient data to support this claim.

Your veterinarian can enlighten you about pets health and how to deal with them.

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