Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Cat Flea Allergies

Fleas can cause a number of health problems with your pet. Just like humans, cats are prone to certain allergies. Cat flea allergies, technically named dermatitis, is caused when a flea bites your cat. When this happens, the flea produces a saliva that is deposited onto the skin. This saliva contains amino acids, aromatic compounds, fluorescent compounds, phosphorus, and polypeptides. Your cat will develop an allergic response to this saliva, and as a response to this intense itching your cat will begin to chew, lick or scratch himself.

As a result of this reaction, hair loss can occur. This can also lead to scabs or open sores on the skin, which can allow a secondary reaction to occur. A common place for this to happen is the tail end of your cat just before the tail begins. This is a desirable place for a flea. You should check for thinning spots in your cat’s hair. Some flea allergic cats will also chew or lick the hair off of their legs.

If your pet is allergic to flea bites, you must take immediate action. The first and most important thing for you have to do here is rid your animal and their environment of all fleas. There are many products available for flea control. Along with vacuuming occassionally, results should be quicker.

If your cat has a serious allergy to flea bites, you  must take even further methods and precautions to stop and prevent the fleas from biting your cat. In some cases, multiple products may be needed. For severely afflicted cats, an allergy shot provided by your vet may be necessary as a final therapeutic step.