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Can My Cat Be Allergic to Dogs?

August 14, 2021

Can My Cat Be Allergic to Dogs?

If your cat is getting itchy, it may be a sign that there's something wrong with them. And yes, your cat can be allergic to dogs. 

To rule out the possibility of a cat allergy:

  1. Take your feline friend to the vet to know the exact cause of the allergy. Ask your vet if anti-allergy meds are also necessary.
  2. Quarantine your dog for the moment, and give him a nice bath regularly to minimize the allergens in your home.

What is the reason my cat is allergic to dogs?

Cats are usually allergic in four areas, one of which is airborne allergens. Whenever we walk our dogs in the neighborhood, they can gather dust particles and pollens from trees. Your dog might be carrying pollen that he brings home, which affects the health of your feline friend.

How can I confirm that my cat has a dog allergy?

Cats who react to your family dog may be experiencing airborne allergens such as pollen. Cats usually get itchy all over their bodies because of this. Other symptoms include:

  • watery eyes
  • skin rashes
  • chronic scratching
  • signs of swelling
  • always sneezing

If your cat generally looks uncomfortable with one or more symptoms mentioned above, it could be a sign that your cat has dog allergies.

How do I prevent my cat from having allergies?

The answer here is pretty basic: good hygiene. Since the culprit is the pollen buildup on your dog's fur, make sure to brush your dog every day and give them a proper bathing schedule. Regularly clean the house too!

What if my cat has allergies already? What do I do?

If you have confirmed with your vet that your cat has dog-related allergies, the safest route is to give them meds. Make sure to listen to professional advice and not to self medicate. 

In Conclusion...

Prevention is better than cure. Keeping our pets healthy with the proper food, hygiene, and a clean environment can prevent sickness and disease from happening. After all, if we observe these factors well, our pets can live their best lives ever.