Things to Think Before Treating Cat Allergy

June 12, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Diseases

Many are allergic to cat.  Those who are allergic to cat and have one at home, they are the real sufferers. Cat allergy is not a problem for all but a big issue only those who love the cat. These people will have the symptoms after long association with the furry companion. But loosing the companion for the sake allergy is not at all acceptable to them. Hence they have no other alternative but to deal with it.

Allergies are not completely understood by the medical community. Of course there is very good development in the field of allergy but we can’t say complete knowledge and the ways and means eliminating allergic reactions are gained. It is a wonder to know, that some of the experts in allergy medications are sufferer themselves. Their expertise emerges out of their own experience, observation and understanding.

Cat allergy symptoms are manifested in many forms. The allergic reactions may be noticed alone or in combination. They appear and disappear with no apparent reason. Hence one may think that he is suffering from common cold or sore throat, but in reality it is cat allergy. The alleric reaction may be a rash which may respond to tropical medication or not. The allergic reaction may be sneezing and the sufferer may associate it with dust or pollen grain.

At times the symptom may be ringing ear, sneezing fits, burning eyes, watering eyes, sore throat, running nose, skin rashes etc. hold on, if you are cat owner and have any one or combination of these symptoms on a regular basis, then you may be the one who is suffering from cat allergy. Not to worry, there is no need to disown your lovely pet. You can reduce the suffering with the help of medications and still own your lovely pet cat.

One may wonder what the culprit is. The culprit may be the skin flakes of the cat or the hair. The cat has the habit of licking the hair most of the time thus spreading that stuff all around the house inducing the allergy. If you want to confirm cat allergy symptoms, you need to remove the cat from the house for two weeks and clean the house completely using vacuum cleaning. If the allergic symptoms disappear without medication then you can confirm that you are allergic to cat.

Alopecia in Cats

May 06, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Alopecia is nothing but complete or partial hair loss. Cat Alopecia can be noticed in any part of the body. Like the human being, the alopecia is a trouble in cats too. Alopecia can be due to various reasons. One common factor is self trauma caused by scratching or chewing. Hair follicle disease can also be a reason. In addition to giving unpleasant look to the pet cat, Alopecia can cause damage to the other organs systems, hence can never be ignored.

Reasons

Allergy – the alopecia can be an allergic reaction to the allergens such as molds, pollens, and food allergens. This kind of alopecia can be noticed on feet, ears, face and other parts of the cat.

Flea- the cats that are allergic to fleas can show allergic reactions in the form of alopecia.

Scabies- sarcoptes scabi also known as mange mite can result in itching which in turn results in alopecia.

Parasites-
parasites such as cheyletiella can cause pruritis which can lead to alopecia.

Pyoderma- pyoderma is nothing but infection of skin caused by bacteria. There are so many species of bacteria that cause pustules in cat which results in pyoderma. The pyoderma that affects the hair follicle can lead to alopecia.

Fungi infection-
dermatophyte is a fungus which damages the hair shaft. This can lead to pruritis or non-pruritis alopecia. The fungi that are seen attached with the fallen hair can transmit the infection to other cats.
 
Diagnosis

The best way to treat alopecia is by eliminating the underlying cause. For this diagnosis of the disease is of prime importance. Here are the discussions about few diagnostic tests.

Skin scrapping- the skin is scrapped using blade and the scrapings are examined for the presence of mite or other parasites.

Trichogram- here a skin is examined through microscope to find out whether the skin fell on its own or by plucking.

Fungal culture examination-
this is done to find out the presence of ringworm.

Skin biopsy-
skin biopsy is nothing but a procedure in which a portion of skin is removed for pathological examination to find out the nature of the alopecia, which helps in identifying the cause. 

Home Care

The cats must be free of flea problem.  In case the hair loss is very severe, the pet owner should take care of the cat by providing sweater to the cat to protect it from winter. The casts must be kept in doors in summer as the possibility and severity of sun burn will be more. For flea control it is better to consult the veterinarian at the earliest for effective flea control program.

Treatment

The best way to treat alopecia is by neutralizing the underlying cause and by offering treatment to cure the symptoms. If Alopecia and Pruritis are noticed together, and then symptomatic treatments such as antipruritis shampoo, antihistamines, corticosteroids or fatty acid supplements are effective. If Pyoderma is noticed with alopecia, then antibiotic treatment is the best.

As discussed earlier pyoderma is secondary to many reasons, hence treating the underlying cause is very essential for complete cure. Matted and dead hair needs to be brushed regularly which will minimize the cat alopecia problem.