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Your Cat's skin

Allergies

Providing comfort

What's going on?

Cat's are expert at covering up skin problems but we have perceived an abnormal behavior and over-grooming. It can be allergy. 

Causes

Allergies are caused by an excessive reaction of the body to certain molecules ('allergens') that can come from a variety of sources, including:

  • environment: grass, pollen, dust mites, fabrics
  • parasites: flea or mosquito bites,
  • food: food components and additives.

It can be quite a challenge for your vet to determine the allergen that is causing the problem.

The skin barrier is essential to protect the body from allergens and allergic cats exhibit skin barrier defects. That's why it's essential to take care and protect their skin barrier. DOUXO®  can help you every day to take care of your cat and to restore its skin barrier.

Signs

Signs of feline allergies are diverse and some signs are unique to the cat. Unfortunately, signs are not specific for one or the other allergy. They are also not specific of allergy and can be the same than for parasitic, bacteria or fungi infections.

Your cat may be allergic if there are crusting, over-grooming, dandruff, lumps or infected or irritated areas. Cats may exhibit miliary dermatitis: feline condition where millet seed sized (miliary) crusts are variably distributed over the back of the cat.Allergic signs in cats can also be concentrated on the face with head and neck itch. A particular type of lesion unique to the cat is the eosinophilic plaque: it's a localised skin erosion with secretions that may be purulent, observed on the abdomen or inside the thighs and constantly licked by the cat.

The coat should be soft and shiny without brittle hair, dandruff, bald patches or areas with decreased hair density.

Think to look often to your cat's fur and behavior... cats are experts at covering up health problems! Any change in your cat's general behavior, like over-grooming, may be the first indicator of allergy. Some species require regular brushing, especially long-haired cats.

6 tips to soothe allergies

Providing relief of the irritation and restoring a healthy skin barrier ecosystem are the main goals of supportive care.

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify the problem and treat any underlying condition. Remedies will depend on the diagnosis.
  2. Help control the skin condition by using a high quality shampoo, mousse or micro-emulsion spray to soothe the irritation and to restore the skin's ecosystem. Choose special formulas for irritated, itchy and sensitive skins. 
  3. Feed your cat a high-quality, balanced diet. Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals if and as recommended by your vet. Sometimes, your vet may prescribe a special hypoallergenic diet.
  4. Keep your cat free from parasites: treat against fleas, ticks and worms on a regular basis.
  5. If your cat seems anxious or stressed, ask your veterinarian for advice about stress-relieving feline pheromones. For advice on recognising stress in cats, check this App.
  6. Schedule regular check-up consultations with your veterinarian to watch your cat's skin condition. You can also send pictures of your cat to show the evolution.

For more information on feline pheromones go to the Feliway website.

Check out this free app for advice on recognising stress in cats on Apple Store: Cat Stress

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