Spotting seasonal cat allergies in Northamptonshire
Spring is in the air, and so the sneezing begins. Hay fever suffering isn’t just a human tale though. Cats too can be affected by seasonal allergies during spring and summer in Northamptonshire.
In fact, hay fever is one of the most common feline ailments and as well as causing them distress and misery, it can make your cat chronically ill.
Grass and tree pollen are the biggest offenders and mostly affect a cat’s skin. Do you know all the symptoms to look out for when it comes to seasonal cat allergies?
Is your cat displaying any of these symptoms?
- Excessive licking and scratching (goes beyond typical grooming), especially around the bottom and ears.
- Sores or bald patches around your cat’s lower back, groin, tail, paws, face or neck (caused by scratching).
- Itchy eyes.
- Snoring, caused by an inflamed throat.
- Chewing their paws.
Excessive licking and scratching is often linked to fleas, so it’s important to rule those out. Make sure your pet is up-to-date with their monthly flea treatments and gently run a pet comb through your cat’s fur, looking for any flea dirt.
Call us on 01604 478888 if you think your cat has an allergy and we can book them in for a consultation with one of our vets.
Can you prevent your cat from getting seasonal allergies?
Your vet may prescribe anti-allergy injections and cat-safe antihistamines to help control the effects of seasonal allergies like hay fever.
There are a couple of things you can do at home to help too. As cats can literally be up to their ears in long grass, encouraging them to spend some time indoors may ease the symptoms a little. However, if your cat wants to go outdoors let them as otherwise they can become stressed and agitated.
You can also wipe your cat down with a slightly damp cloth when they come inside to remove loose pollen from their fur.
To make sure you’re providing the right type of preventative measures to your cat, give us a call for some advice on 01604 478888.