Just like people, cats suffer from allergic reactions to all sorts of things in their environment. Pinpointing exactly what they’re allergic can be difficult, but the first step is identifying that your cat has allergies at all. If you notice one or more of these symptoms in your feline friend, be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure they aren’t allergy-related.
#1 – Coughing & Wheezing
Environmental allergies can cause asthma-like symptoms in cats, so if you notice any excess coughing or sneezing it’s a good idea to have your kitty checked out by a veterinarian. Allergies can be severe, so minor coughing and sneezing can get worse and it’s uncomfortable for your cat to have constant respiratory irritation.
#2 – Sneezing
Just like coughing and wheezing, sneezing is a common symptom when it comes to environmental allergens. While the occasional sneeze is generally no big deal, constant sneezing should certain be looked into.
#3 – Excessive Itching
Itching can be caused by all different types of allergens and is one of the more uncomfortable symptoms cats can have. Regular grooming is normal behavior in cats, but excessive itching and chewing is typically caused by allergens. You may notice too that your cat has chewed and scratched himself raw and has open sores and swollen feet. Even if the itching has not gotten so bad yet, it’s important to take your cat in for veterinary care.
#4 – Vomiting
Vomiting can sometimes be caused by food allergies, so if you notice your cat has started vomiting regularly it’s definitely time to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Regardless of the cause, constant vomiting is not something our cats should be doing.
#5 – Diarrhea
Diarrhea can also be caused by food allergies and is one of the first signs owners have that something is wrong. Diarrhea can happen immediately after eating or start over time, but is almost always caused by your cat’s food.
#6 – Watery Eyes
Eye discharge and itchiness is a common symptom in cats exposed to environmental allergens. Warm compresses will help reduce the discharge and inflammation and make your cat feel more comfortable, but the symptoms won’t ease until you find the cause. If that cause is allergies, you’ll need to treat those as best you can.
#7 – Snoring
Loud snoring can actually be a symptom of allergies, as it’s typically caused by nasal and throat inflammation. This inflammation is typically caused by allergies and even though the snoring is a little endearing, it should probably be checked out by your veterinarian.