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The spring season brings its own set of allergens with it. They can affect both us and our pets. Most of the plants thrive during this season, and as a pet owner you need to know how to treat your cat's allergies during this season:
- Take Your Cat To The Veterinarian – Since there are a number of other conditions that exhibit the same clinical sign as allergies, you need to get your cat examined by the vet. A scratch test and a blood test will be needed to determine the exact nature of the condition so that the vet can recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.
- Topical treatments – Cleansing your cat's hair coat and skin surface using a specially formulated shampoo helps to remove the environmental allergens, oil, bacteria, and other irritants. Localized cleansing or full-body bathing can be performed as frequently as needed. Besides shampooing, a vet-prescribed topical treatment or a leave-on conditioner can help you manage your cat's localized or general skin irritation and infection.
- Eye rinses – Applying a few drops of irrigating solution to the eye is one of the easiest ways to remove allergens from your cat's eyes. Do it once every morning, afternoon and evening. It will tell you whether the problem is due to an environmental irritant or something more serious that merits evaluation by the vet. Make sure you don't use eye drops that contain vasoconstrictors. Eye ointment or eye drops that contain a steroid, antibiotic or other drugs might be needed in certain situations, but only under the supervision of the veterinarian.
- Ear cleaning – Broken hairs, allergens, microorganisms and other substances can get stuck in the ear canal of your cat. Gently irrigating the ear canals with a cat-appropriate cleaning solution removes all the offensive materials and modifies the microenvironment and pH of the ear canal to deter the growth of microorganisms. Plucking the hair from the inner flap and ear canal prevents the accumulation of allergens that can irritate the canal and promote the growth of microorganisms. If your cat is a sprinkler diver or a swimmer, then irrigating the ear canal will ensure that moisture does not linger there. When you dry your cat's ears, use cotton balls. Avoid q-tips as they can damage the ear drum of your cat.
- Diet change – Food allergies are not very common in cats, but it is still important that you consult with the vet and rule it out as a possibility. The easiest way to do it is to start a food elimination trial. Novel carbohydrates and proteins should be chosen and care must be employed to ensure that your cat does not consume other food sources. If he does, it can cause an allergic flare up and impact the results of the trial.