An allergy occurs when your cats immune system over-reacts to something that is usually harmless.? Symptoms are usually associated with skin irritation and include scratching, a crusty rash, and hair loss.
DIAGNOSING ALLERGIES IN CATS
Your cats history of skin irritation, hair loss and crusty skin sores particularly around his neck and along his back will make your veterinarian suspicious of some sort of allergy. Some cats dont show any skin redness, but instead, just over-groom themselves, leaving bald patches with short stubby hairs.
TREATING ALLERGIES IN CATS
There are only two ways of managing allergies in cats. The first is to avoid whatever is causing the reaction, and the second is to treat his body so that it no longer causes the allergy.
The first option works well for flea and food allergies, however, it’s not quite so good for atopy. Youre unlikely to be able to keep your cat away from dust and pollens in the environment, so you need to treat him to stop the allergic reaction.
This can be done in several ways. Medication such as antihistamines or corticosteroids can reduce allergies and may make your cat much more comfortable. Some drugs have side effects so you need to use them with guidance from your vet. As well as the risk of side effects, these drugs dont solve the underlying problem so when medication is stopped, the skin irritation will return