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 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.