Seasonal Concerns

Cats’ Allergy Symptoms:  Seasonal or Otherwise, There are Solutions

What are your cat’s allergy symptoms?  Itching?  Sneezing?  Runny eyes and nose?  Puffiness?

Sounds like your cat needs the attention of a veterinarian.  Cats with any of these allergy symptoms could be allergic to any number of things.  The only surefire way to diagnose exact trigger(s) is to have him or her tested by a veterinarian.

If your cat’s allergy symptoms are seasonal (prominent for only a few months of the year), he or she is probably allergic to the pollen of trees, grass, or flowers.  A short-term antihistamine might be in order.

If your cat’s allergy symptoms occur year-round, or are complicated by other physical illness, your cat could be allergic to his food, or another constant aggravator, like dust.

Severe skin irritation can result from the immune system’s reaction to allergens.  Scratching and biting can cause open sores called hot spots, and can result in infection.

It’s important to remedy your cat’s allergic reactions, before they morph into more severe health problems for your cat.  A veterinarian trained in allergy relief can treat your cat with acupuncture, bioresonance, immunotherapy, injected pet medication, medicated shampoo, or a change in diet.

If food is the culprit for your cat’s suffering, a veterinarian familiar with alternative diets can assist you in devising a feed-at-home plan to eliminate symptoms.

Spring Ahead of Springtime Parasites

Springtime might be all about new life, but not all births and awakenings are welcome harbingers of our most colorful season.  Fleas and ticks are searching for hosts, and heartworm (outside of Switzerland) is looking for its newest victims.  These parasites can inflict havoc on your cat’s system, and are all able to be transferred to humans.  Preventatives for these pests should be used year-round, and resumed immediately if you have discontinued use.

Ticks should be removed if found on your cat’s skin, flea and tick deterrents should be used, and heartworm preventative should be administered.

Spaying and Neutering Offers Cats the Best

Unwanted kittens end up in shelters, or worse – especially during springtime months.

Cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered are more prone to cat illnesses, like cancer.  They are also more likely to roam, and be discontent and badly behaved.

If your cat is at least 6 months old, please spay or neuter.  You’ll be giving your cat the gift of better health and a happier life.  You’ll also be doing your part to eliminate overcrowding of shelters.  When the number of cats that our society is responsible for is controlled, then the quality of care for existing cats is increased…and that’s priceless.