Cat allergies are quite a common problem and they are quite difficult to handle. In this article, I will share everything that I know about how to get rid of cat allergies.
What can I give my cat for allergies?
The first step in managing allergies is to avoid exposure to the allergen. This can be difficult if you have a feline companion, so make sure that you talk to your veterinarian about which medications are best suited for your cat’s needs.
Antihistamines are the most common treatment for allergies in cats and dogs. They block histamines from binding with their receptors, reducing inflammation and itching.
Antihistamines that work on both dogs and cats include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), clemastine (Tavist), loratadine (Claritin) and cetirizine (Zyrtec).
Some veterinarians recommend giving cats antihistamines every day during allergy season. Be sure not to give your cat any human medications without consulting with your vet first; many human drugs can be lethal when given to cats!
Treatment for allergic cats is usually steroids (e.g., prednisone) given orally or by injection under the skin every day until the symptoms resolve.
Steroids should be used with caution in cats because they can cause muscle wasting, diabetes mellitus, and other conditions if used for too long or at too high a dose.
If you decide to try steroids for your cat’s allergies, you should discuss this with your veterinarian first because it is not always appropriate or necessary to use them when treating allergies in cats.
3. Flea medicine
One of the most common allergens for cats is fleas. If your cat has fleas, then one of the most effective ways to treat this problem is by treating your cat with flea medicine such as Frontline or Revolution. These medicines kill fleas within 24 hours allowing your cat to stop scratching and lick its fur less often.
4. Elimination diet
Food allergies are rare in cats, but they can happen. If your cat is allergic to something in his diet, you’ll see symptoms of itching and gastrointestinal problems (10% to 15% of affected cats) in addition to sneezing and nasal discharge.
Food allergies are more common in dogs than cats and tend to resolve when you switch your pet’s diet. If your cat has food allergies, we recommend that you consult with your veterinarian about switching him over to an elimination diet — this may help break the cycle of feeding him something he’s allergic to!
5. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oil and flaxseed oil. They help reduce inflammation in the body and might help decrease allergy symptoms in cats. Some veterinarians recommend adding them to your cat’s diet by mixing some into her food every day or two — check with your vet before starting this regimen to make sure it’s right for your cat.
How to get rid of cat allergies naturally
There are natural ways to get rid of cat allergies without resorting to unnatural methods like antihistamines or steroids. Note: keep in mind that I am only using natural ways to get rid of cat allergies for my own personal use and have not yet been clinically tested for any medical benefits.
1. Ice pack
An ice pack on your cat can help reduce swelling and itching. It’s important not to keep an ice pack on for too long because it could cause frostbite.
2. Soothing oatmeal bath
Oatmeal baths are a popular home remedy for relieving itchy skin. Oatmeal baths can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. They also contain anti-inflammatory agents that work to reduce itching and swelling. You can buy oatmeal in bulk at most grocery stores and online retailers.
3. Hypoallergenic diet
Look for a hypoallergenic formula or diet designed specifically to help manage allergies. These diets are usually restricted to one protein source (such as duck) and use fewer carbohydrates than traditional cat foods do. Some brands even include omega fatty acids like salmon oil, which may help reduce inflammation in the gut and improve skin conditions like itching and scratching due to allergies.
4. Preventive measures
The most important step in preventing cat allergies is keeping your home as clean and free of dander as possible. You should vacuum your house frequently (at least once a week) and use an air filter to remove dust particles from the air. Make sure that your cat is bathed regularly (at least once every two weeks), which will reduce its shedding rate. If possible, keep your cat indoors so it won’t come into contact with pollen and other allergens outdoors.
5. Keeping them indoors
This is perhaps one of the best ways to avoid exposure to allergens as well as reduce stress levels for both you and your pets. Keeping cats indoors will also help reduce their chances of getting injured or lost. Indoor cats tend to live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts because they do not face any dangers while roaming around in their neighborhood like fights with other cats.
6. Using an air filter
If pollen is causing an allergy problem for one of your cats, keep windows closed during times when pollen counts are high and consider using an air filter in the room where that particular animal spends most of its time if possible
7. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter
Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or other type of high-efficiency filtration system instead of a regular vacuum cleaner. Allergens get trapped inside regular vacuums, which makes them even more dangerous for allergy sufferers than they already are.
8. Reducing stress
Cats who are stressed out tend to have more serious health problems than their unstressed counterparts. Make sure your cat has plenty of hiding spots where he feels safe and secure. Also, make sure that any stressful changes in his life aren’t causing his allergies to flare up.
Conclusion of treating allergies in cats
It is possible to get rid of allergies in cats, but it takes time, patience and persistence. It is important to understand that you can’t just buy a remedy and expect it to work overnight. You will have to put in the work required for your cat to become allergy-free. But if you are committed to making this happen, then you will succeed.
You need to start by eliminating the factors causing your cat’s allergies. This means keeping them away from allergen sources such as dust and pollen, as well as changing their diet so they no longer have any food allergies.
If you’ve ruled out food allergies and have been treating your cat for fleas but still haven’t seen any improvement, talk to your vet about other possible causes for his itchiness.