Spring is coming. For some it was a tough winter and we welcome the spring (even more than usual). Have you started to get ready for it?
Spring is the time of year when many people and pets start venturing outside and soaking in all the sun. Unfortunately, it's also the time when pollen and other irritating things get in the air., so those people and pets also get seasonal allergies.
Does your cat have allergies? Take our poll. Go to: http://www.petplace.com/polls.aspx?pi=250.
What are signs of allergies? Most substances that cause allergic reactions, also known as allergens, are inhaled but some may also be ingested. Most cats with seasonal allergies experience skin disorders rather than sneezing and watery eyes, and once exposed, they usually become extremely itchy.
You might notice the typical signs: licking the feet, rubbing the face and frequent scratching. Your pet might also develop skin or ear infections. What can you do about it? Here is a very good article that talks about itchy skin, one of the most common symptoms of allergies in cats - go to: http://www.petplace.com/cats/atopy-in-cats/page1.aspx. Not sure if your cat suffers from allergies? Testing is now available to help determine if your cat is affected. Learn more
Seasonal allergies are more common in dogs than in cats. It most often show up in pets between 1 and 3 years of age.
Please take a look at these articles. They could help make this spring easier on your cat.