Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Allergies and how to help your pet avoid allergens Owner Factsheet

Most itchy pets need some medical help and this is often time consuming, expensive and sometimes has side effects. If the itch is caused by a parasite that should be curable. As a general rule, itchy skins do not resolve without treatment; so, if your cat is scratching an early visit to your vet is advisable. Unfortunately, your vet will not be able to cure an allergy so cats with allergy usually need lifelong care. Avoiding the trigger for the itch is much the best solution, sometimes this can be achieved and is all that is needed; in some other cats it will aid their medical treatment so that you may need less of it – and that may mean lower costs and fewer side effects.

What is an allergen?

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Which pets will benefit from allergen avoidance?

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What can generally help to reduce the allergen burden for cats with atopy?

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How can I reduce exposure to house dust mites?

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How can I reduce exposure to storage mites?

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How can I reduce exposure to pollens?

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How can I reduce exposure to moulds?

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How can I reduce exposure to epithelials (sheep wool, duck/goose/chicken feathers)?

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