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What are common allergies in cats

Some allergies occur in cats as well as humans. The most common allergies in cats are to flea/tick dermatitis and food allergies.

Flea/tick dermatitis in cats is caused by fleas that have bitten the cat and reacted with the dog's allergy skin cells. The fleas may have fed on the cat's dead skin cells and the cat may have already had an allergy to the flea before developing the allergy to the dog.

Food allergies are common in cats and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Common culprits are food additives and preservatives, a change in diet, certain breeds of food and food sensitivities.

What causes allergies in cats?

Cats have a low level of sensitivity to allergens, meaning that the body does not react to them as it would to the same allergen in a dog. The cat's immune system does not have enough of the antibodies needed to fight off the allergen.

How are flea/tick dermatitis and food allergies treated in cats?

Flea/tick dermatitis is treated by applying a topical anti-flea treatment to the skin several times a day and by removing the fleas with flea combing.

Food allergies are difficult to treat. A cat's diet should be free of the allergen to begin with and then the food may be changed to a product that is free of the allergen.

What are the signs of flea/tick dermatitis and food allergies in cats?

Flea/tick dermatitis in cats is usually a red, itchy and raised rash that occurs on the belly, back and legs. The rash may be accompanied by swelling and hair loss.

Food allergies in cats are similar to a severe cold. The cat has a runny nose, sneezing and may have inflamed, red skin around the mouth and eyes.

How can I prevent flea/tick dermatitis and food allergies in cats?

The best way to prevent flea/tick dermatitis and food allergies in cats is to keep the cat flea and tick free.

The best way to prevent flea/tick dermatitis in cats is to keep the cat flea and tick free. Fleas and ticks can be treated using topical flea treatments, flea collars and flea powders.

The best way to prevent food allergies in cats is to keep the cat flea and tick free. Fleas and ticks can be treated using topical flea treatments, flea collars and flea powders.

Should I use flea/tick medicines on my cat?

Flea/tick medications should not be given to cats because they are not effective in treating flea allergy and the cat may not tolerate the medication.

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