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My cat has an allergy, but don't know to what?

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June 16, 2019 / By Alannis
Question: She scratches herself until it bleeds, changed her food to hypoalergenic food. No matter what medication we put on the sores they look beter for 2 days and then she scratches the healing skin until it bleeds again. Tried puting on a cone for her but she then only sit on one place and don't move, she aventualy broke it trying to remove it.
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Trev Trev | 6 days ago
The Beginning of Allergies Beavis’ allergies began as a single red sore on his stomach. At first we thought he may have injured himself (he’s one of the clumsiest cats we’ve ever seen), but shortly after the first sore appeared, we moved from the north to the south and the number of sores began to increase. Along with the sores, came nearly constant licking. Beavis would sit in the floor and lick area after area of his body nonstop. So, we loaded him up and took him to our new vet who examined him for fleas. After finding none, he promptly diagnosed allergies, suggested Prescription Diet Z/D food, and gave Beavis the first steroid shot of his life. The results were almost immediate. Beavis quit licking and his skin started to clear up. About a month and a half later the sores and the licking came back, so we went back to the vet and got another steroid shot. The steroid shots continued to work, but the food did not seem to be effective. Food is a common cause of cat allergies, but it didn’t look like food alone was the issue for Beavis. He began to need the shots more often. At first it was every other month, but eventually, he got to where he needed another shot every month. Around that time we moved to another city. While we didn’t realize it at the time, it meant that we would have to start over with a brand new Vet. Starting Over What we didn’t know when we moved was that one of the most common causes of symptoms similar to Beavis’ is fleas. When we took him in to his new Vet, and briefed him on Beavis’ history with allergies, the first thing he did was check for fleas (by the way, Beavis is an only cat who stays indoors all the time, so his exposure to fleas is minimal-unless we bring them in. However, no one has ever found a single flea on him). After finding no evidence of fleas, the new Vet diagnosed him with Feline Miliary Dermatitis due to allergies, and self-inflected alopecia caused by Beavis’ constant licking and scratching. The Vet gave him a steroid shot and discussed the possibility of food as the cause of his allergies. He suggested that we try the Prescription Diet Z/D again, so we gave it another shot. A month later, we were back at the Vet for another shot. Again, Beavis began to need the shots every 3-4 weeks. It appeared that he was developing a resistance to the steroid and thus required it more frequently. Eventually, the Vet decided Beavis needed the shots too often so he referred us to an Animal Dermatologist for testing. (It’s important to note that during this time, Beavis’ behavior was changing. He was just acting crazy…he had understandably become a little cranky and would alternate between snapping at people and running around the house for no reason.) The Dermatologist first checked for fleas, but didn’t find any. Next he performed a skin scrape and Wood’s light exam to test for mites. While the Dermatologist did not find any mites, he informed us that the tests only find mites on cats that have them about a third of the time. The Dermatologist gave Beavis a Depomedrol (steroid) shot for his immediate allergy problems and prescribed Amitryptilin (a pill used to treat obsessive behaviors in cats) to help with the constant licking. The Amitryptilin was also used to try to increase the time between steroid shots and to ensure that Beavis’ wasn’t over grooming out of obsessive habit rather than because of allergies. In addition to the Amitryptilin Beavis’ Vet put him on Prednisone (a steroid, in pill form) to try to help manage his symptoms. While neither of the medications seemed to help much with Beavis’ symptoms, we did learn some fun facts about the combination of these meds and cats. Giving a pill to any cat is not fun, but after awhile, a crafty cat will become quite adept at “cheeking” the pills and spitting them out while frantically running throughout the house; leaving you to crawl on the carpet in search of the now soggy pill before attempting the process all over again. Cats have excellent powers of detection, and no amount of hiding, grinding, or altering a pill with/in food can trick a determined cat into taking a pill it doesn’t want to take. When a 14lb cat and a 120 lb person fight over a pill, the cat may end up taking it, but the person is the one that ends up bleeding. When a cat is given a pill that doesn’t taste very good, it foams at the mouth. Refer this page alos:http://www.mnn.com/health/allergies/stories/cat-allergies-how-to-treat-cats-with-allergies
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Trev Originally Answered: what is an allergy ? what is common allergens? what is allergy symptoms ? and what is immunotheraphy ?
Make the connection.... Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of children with various illnesses. While many and Asthmatic llergic and reactions are caused from eating certain foods, there are many more Allergic and Asthmatic reactions caused from common everyday chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC's in homes, schools and workplace. This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good or cleans well and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use. Think again ! We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Rhinitis, Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products. If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems. Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier. And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker. Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don't they make the connection? Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard. BIG NO-NO's ---- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area. No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic No Scented candles No Scented Dish Detergents No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing No Smoke No Newspapers and Magazines - The ink is a huge irritant. No Dander No Sprays No Sharpies (marker pens) New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups. And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances. More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating "Fragrance Free Zones"… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

Reggie Reggie
My cat, presently, has been diagnosed with an allergy! She was a stray, so small, I thought she was a kitten. But til I got her to the vet to be checked for any fleas or disease, I kept her in the basement for 2 weeks til the vet and to adjust to her surroundings. I have 2 other cats that are over 5 yrs old now and were and have been perfectly fine. She was fine as well in those areas but since I moved her to my bathroom, after a month, she started scratching and biting like they would if they had fleas. She has bare spots on her back from scratching and biting. Shame! Took her to the vet for this problem and they gave her a steroid shot and liquid antibiotics with a dropper for 2 x daily for 7 days. Appears to be doing better after 3 days but dropper is key to giving antibiotics or any meds. I burrito her in a blanket, which covers all of her (especially paws) so you don't get scratched, so that the only thing you see is her sweet little face. Put the end of the dropper in the corner of her mouth and squeeze the med in slowly. Be calm so will they. Then as you sit your cat back on the floor, face her away from you and calmly release her from the blanket and tell he/she what a good kitty and reward by petting. I have done this with all 3 of my cats. Works good.
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Mayson Mayson
My old man Bonkers went through the same thing. Poor baby. He switched foods, no success, got the shots, no success, flea checks always negative. However, it was a flea allergy. It only took 1 flea bite to break him into a licking fit and sores. I stumbled upon the solution (dont laugh). I always treat my cats for fleas (even indoor ones) but the prevention only works after a bite. So, I started shaving the areas that were broken out and applying Vitamin E to the sores. Well, those gel caps hold a lot of vitamin E and once it has a hole in it, the vitamin is coming out. (I didnt know this the first time) well, Bonkers got ahold of that gel cap and licked all the vitamin E that he could get out. It worked! The following year it started again so I decided to just shave the cat in the summer at the first sign of licking or sores. I left enough fur to apply frontline for dogs (yes for dogs, the cat size wasn't enough to treat Bonkers). He LOVED being shaved, it was like getting scratched in all the places he itched. AND he knew the vitamin E was soon to follow and he would dance and rub until he got what was left in the gel cap. Its a cheap solution to a common problem. Bonkers was a short haired cat and he still loved to be shaved and his fur would grow back perfectly in time for colder weather. *If every home has carpeting, it could be allergic to the carpet. In this case, the only solution is to get rid of the carpeting.
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Johanan Johanan
Plastic food and water dish? My vet said is is one of the most common but not thought about causes of allergies. if so, use metal or glass.
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Johanan Originally Answered: How to overcome peanut allergy? seafood allergy?
Allergy is chronic. That means it can be controlled but not cured. It is caused by a defect in the immune system whereby the body misidentifies benign (harmless) proteins as evil enemy invaders intent on destroying the body..which they are not. Once the misidentification has been made, a specific human immunoglobulin (IgE) is produced so that upon each subsequent exposure the IgE causes the mast cells to get the immune system all excited and start producing histamines. So that is what allergy is. Some allergies can be controlled through immunotherapy whereby you are exposed to small amounts of the offending protein in an effort to raise the threshold of reaction. This has some effect on environmental allergies but has proven to be ineffective on food allergy. The best thing is avoidance, and no you aren't going to "fix" it. What you can do for your son is instill in him habits that will lead to a strong immune system in an effort to prevent further sensitization. These means teach him to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated (not juice or soda but water), to get plenty of sleep, to eat plenty of colorful foods (except peanuts and seafood) heavy on the bright greens and reds, and to stay active (not hard for a 4 year old boy!) This might not want to be the answer you wanted to hear, but it is the truth, backed by science.

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