Do cats get seasonal allergies? Absolutely. As the seasons change, so do the challenges that our feline friends may face.
Seasonal allergies in cats are not uncommon, and understanding the symptoms and exploring natural treatments can help you provide the best care for your cat.
In this blog, we will delve into the signs of seasonal allergies in cats, discuss natural treatments, and address some frequently asked questions to help you keep your furry friends comfortable and healthy.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies in Cats
According to VCA Animal Hospitals, seasonal allergies commonly manifest in cats in many of the same ways they do in humans.
- Excessive Scratching & Itching. Cats with seasonal allergies often exhibit increased scratching and itching. Keep an eye out for itching and scratching that’s localized to one specific area — such as the face, neck, and ears. Look for red bumps, skin irritation, and hair loss.
- Watery Eyes & Sneezing. Allergens can irritate your cat’s respiratory system, causing discharge through the eyes and nose and breathing difficulties.
- Digestive issues. Sometimes, allergies can impact your cat’s digestive system, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and gas.
Cats can be aloof, but it’s important to monitor them closely.
Having someone check in on your cat if you’re going to be gone for long periods and setting up a pet cam are great ways to keep an eye on your cat. You can also check out their skin and coat during cuddle times and regular grooming sessions.
Natural Treatments for Seasonal Allergies in Cats
If you’re looking to keep vet visits to a minimum, there are some natural ways to minimize the impact of seasonal allergies and keep your cat healthy throughout the year.
Brush your cat's fur to eliminate pollen, dust, and other potential irritants. Regular grooming helps remove allergens from your cat's fur and reduces the chances of them ingesting or inhaling substances that trigger allergies.
While most cats don’t love baths, you can try gently wiping their paws and face to minimize potential irritants getting spread around.
Your cat’s health is drastically impacted by the food it eats. Providing a balanced and nutritious diet supports your cat's overall health, including its immune system.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, can have anti-inflammatory effects and may help alleviate allergy symptoms. You may also want to consider gradually transitioning your pet to a food that’s specifically formulated to support skin health or be allergy-friendly.
Gut Health Supplement
We’ve known for a long time that a healthy gut is closely linked to the immune system. Adding a pet probiotic or gut health supplement to your cat’s diet may help in managing allergic reactions.
Maya Pet goes beyond a typical pet probiotic. It has 10 Smart StrainsTM of specifically-chosen bacteria to support your pet’s overall health, including their gut, brain, nervous system, and immune system. Some strains are specifically chosen to fight off unwanted pathogens and protect your cat from environmental factors like mold, mildew, and pollen.
And unlike many other pet supplements and probiotics that use additives to improve texture or flavor, there are minimal added ingredients in Maya Pet. It’s non-GMO, dairy-free, nut-free, dye-free, and egg-free, making it a safe and natural option for most felines.
Limit Outdoor Exposure:
Do you have an outdoor cat? Keeping them indoors can reduce their exposure to allergens and help alleviate symptoms.
During peak allergy seasons, consider limiting outdoor exposure, especially during high pollen counts, windy days, and cold weather.
If you do allow your cat outdoors, keep a close eye on them to ensure they’re not getting into anything that may cause an allergy flare-up. You may also want to consider tick and flea control to minimize the risk of skin issues from bites.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s look at a few of the top questions we get from cat owners regarding seasonal allergies.
Can cats develop seasonal allergies over time?
Yes, just like humans, allergies may be triggered by environmental factors, such as pollen or mold and food. They can worsen or flare up at any time.
How Can I Differentiate Between Allergies and Other Health Issues?
The best answer here is observation and professional guidance.
Close monitoring will help you notice any changes in your pet’s routine and pinpoint if there was something specific that may have caused a flare-up. Allergy symptoms can overlap with other health conditions, so vets can help you rule out more serious issues if the problem persists.
In general, taking a proactive approach to your cat’s health can keep allergies and other health issues at bay. A high-quality diet, ongoing gut health supplements like Maya Pet, plenty of water, and exercise will keep your cat strong, helping them fight any allergies that may occur.
Can Indoor Cats Have Allergies to Pollen?
Yes, this is commonly referred to as atopic dermatitis, which is an allergy when cats come into contact with pollen, mold, and dust. Because humans bring pollen and other pathogens into our homes via clothes, shoes, and open windows, even indoor cats can experience pollen allergies.
Do Cats Get Allergies in Winter? Can Cats Have Spring Allergies?
Yes, much like humans, cats can experience allergies at different times of the year. And some may experience year-round allergies.
According to the Allergy & Asthma Network, dust, mites, and mold are generally worse in the winter months with dry air and spending more time inside. Rodents and other pests may also be looking for a warm place to hide, bringing dander, urine, and other issues that trigger allergy symptoms in your pet.
Spring also brings plenty of pests, ragweed, and pollen from new plant and grass growth that can trigger issues.
Keep Seasonal Allergies at Bay
Understanding and addressing seasonal allergies in cats involves keen observation, regular grooming, and a proactive approach to their overall well-being.
By recognizing the symptoms early on and implementing natural treatments, cat owners can help their feline companions enjoy a comfortable and allergy-free life.
If in doubt, always consult with a veterinarian for personalized advice tailored to your cat's specific needs.