5 cat allergies to watch for

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Cat allergies can present itself in many ways. As per the experts, an abnormal diet is a common trigger for cat allergies. An allergic feline’s immune system can even deem food or other substances that it ingests on a daily basis, as a threat.

The cat’s immune systems then reject these allergens while exhibiting different symptoms. The severity of these symptoms might vary with respect to health, detection, age and adopted preventive measures. Let us skim through some of the common cat allergies to keep an eye out for.


Like humans, cats also sneeze occasionally; however, it is when the sneezing becomes regular that you should think about precautionary measures. Monitor your cat for a couple of days and try to analyze whether she has been developing another symptom together with continuous sneezing if she seems to have developed itchy or runny eyes, it is time for a veterinary visit.

Excessive sneezing in cats can indicate viral or bacterial infections. Such infections are commonly found in cats adopted from shelters and can be prevented easily via early detection and vaccination.


An itchy throat can stimulate coughing in cats; this is one of the mild symptoms that can be treated with ease. However, coughing in cats can also indicate some life-threatening issues like lung infection, lung cancer, and heartworms. Therefore, in case of prolonged and active coughing, it is ideal to diagnose the severity of the issue and consult a veterinarian immediately. 

Observe the cat coughing closely and note down the timing: is she coughing excessively at day time or night, does the cough sound wet or dry etc. All this information can turn out to be vital for early detection of the underlying issue.

 Ear infection

Ear infections in cats is not a life-threatening issue, however, early detection and cure can help you prevent additional cat allergies or further complications.

Ear infections in the cat can be treated via simple medications like antifungal drops, antibiotics, etc. Mites from your neighboring pets can easily fire ear allergies in the cat. A cat with an ear infection shows symptoms like loss of hearing, swollen ear lobes and puss discharge.

Cat Diarrhea

Cat diarrhea is one of the major cat allergy symptoms caused by food-related issues like indigestion, hyperthyroidism, etc.

Diarrhea in cats is not really common, however, if you feel that your cat is experiencing bowel movements throughout the day, its time to keep a close eye on her. If the discharge looks too watery or too strong with a really peculiar odor, it is time for you to take her to a veterinarian. 

The cat poop should be brown in color without being too watery and solid. If your cat is experiencing severe diarrhea for more than three days, you should definitely take her to a veterinary clinic.

Flea allergy

Felines allergic to flea can exhibit excessive itchiness or distress even when bitten just once or twice. A careful flea examination usually limelight’s no flea as cats allergic to fleas indulges in constant self-grooming.

Take your cat to a veterinarian to put her on flea control medication. It is highly recommended to take her to a veterinarian rather than trying something like a canine flea medication on her, which can make things worse for your cat.  

It is eminent for you to spend some quality time with your cat on a daily basis to detect any of these symptoms at the earliest and act accordingly.