Cat Flea Allergy
How to Sooth a Cat Flea Allergy
If your cat suddenly starts scratching so much that she starts to lose hair, she could have a cat flea allergy. Cat flea allergies are pretty common, and they’re characterized by just one symptom: extreme itching. When a flea bites a cat that doesn’t have a cat flea allergy, the cat usually scratches a little, but not too much. However, when a flea bites a cat that does have a flea allergy, the resulting itching is so intense that the cat scratches to the point of losing fur, and even scratching the skin right off. The cat may even develop a secondary skin bacterial infection in the area where he was scratching.
The most common place for a cat to have a cat flea allergy is at the base of the tail. If you suspect a cat flea allergy, keep any open sores on the animal’s skin clean to avoid bacterial infections that can set in from too much scratching. Your veterinarian will recommend some topical and oral medications to treat any other problems your cat may have developed in connection with his cat flea allergy. Antibiotics may be necessary if your cat does develop a bacterial skin infection from all the scratching.
Proper flea control is always a good idea for pet owners, but a cat flea allergy is easy to treat. Start by purchasing flea control products. There are many kinds of over-the-counter products that work wonders on fleas. You may also want to de-flea your house with a special spray. Ask your veterinarian or pet food store employee what kind of spray will safely kill fleas without hurting your cat or the rest of your family. Another option for killing fleas inside your house comes in a powder form. Try vacuuming your house thoroughly first, then sprinkling the powder flea killer all around. Give it several minutes to work on any fleas that were able to avoid the vacuum, and then vacuum up the powder so it will kill the fleas that ended up inside the vacuum cleaner.
You may not always be able to control fleas on your cat if he goes outdoors every day, so you might consider treating your yard with a flea killing solution also. Some veterinarians may even recommend steroid medications to block the cat allergy response in your pet. These medications can be especially helpful if your cat is outdoors often. Usually steroid treatment starts with an injection at the veterinarian’s office. The injection lasts about a month, but the veterinarian usually gives some oral steroids for you to begin when your cat does start itching.
Usually a cat flea allergy is seasonal, so you may notice your cat’s symptoms getting worse during the summer or fall. If steroid treatment is determined to be the best kind for your cat, then you may only have to treat the cat flea allergy during the seasons when your cat suffers the worst symptoms. You’ll be able to tell if the itching is worse by watching closely how much your cat scratches.