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Have you seen your cat sneezing often? Is your cat very itchy even though you have not seen any fleas or other mites on its body? Does your cat have health problems that flare up suddenly? Although it is normal for cats to sneeze or scratch at times, doing so often might indicate that they have an allergy or some related health issue. You may also notice that your cat’s allergy symptoms seem to flare up when you have an allergy. Why is that so?Can human allergies affect cats?
Yes, cats can contract the same allergies as you do. Although the most common allergies observed in cats are flea and tick allergies, they can be allergic to other things as well. Common allergens for indoor cats include dust, feathers, human dandruff, and certain foods, among other things. Outdoor cats might have other allergens affecting them, such as rat mites and pollen, allergens that are not common in the house.Some cats are asthmatic, which means that they are more prone to allergies, just like humans who suffer from asthma attacks because of allergies. If your cat is frequently out of breath or makes a wheezing sound when breathing, get your cat checked for asthma and allergies.If your cat seems to have allergy attacks at the same time as you, it may be reacting to the same allergens as you. Keep track of the things your cat seems to react to, so that you can talk to your vet accordingly to understand the problem better and help your cat more effectively.Common allergens for cats
Common symptoms of allergies in cats
- Dust and pollen
- Perfumes and other strong smells
- Certain varieties of plants
- Mildew and musty odors
- Dust mites and rat mites
- Certain kinds of medication
- Certain food items
- Certain kinds of litter
Tips to keep your cat allergy-free
- Watery, runny eyes
- Sneezing and itchiness
- Sensitive or swollen paws
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Snoring because of congestion or inflammation in the upper respiratory tract
- Understand what your cat is allergic to and keep such items away from the cat as much as possible.
- Keep your home clean and try to keep your cat indoors as much as possible. You can play with your cat, give it toys, and entertain it at home instead.
- Keep common cat allergy medications handy and understand the common symptoms, in case your cat is prone to allergy attacks.
It may not be possible to completely eliminate allergies for yourself or your cat, but you can take precautions to reduce the frequency and intensity of the allergies. Your vet might be able to give you specific tips to avoid allergies based on your cat’s medical history.