Allergy to flea bites and environmental allergens like pollen, grass and house dust
Allergy is a very common problem for cats. It may cause itching, skin reddening, hair loss and skin and ear infections.
Does your cat:
If so, there is a good chance that they are having an allergic reaction. Allergies are caused by a faulty overreaction of the immune system. The immune system normally protects the body against potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. But in case of allergy that same immune system reacts to harmless particles (called ‘allergens’).
Totally curing an allergy in your cat is hard. But, with the right measures, the allergy can be maintained without symptoms so that your cat can live a long and healthy life. To get optimal results (especially in case of skin problems) it is best to approach allergy care in three ways:
Food that does not contain the allergen will help a food allergic cat. But even with other allergen causes, there are several food components, such as special fatty acids, that will support the skin condition and health of allergic patients.
The likelihood of developing an allergy is affected by genetics, food and environment. Read more →
Tips on how to help your cat with their allergies here →
There are two very effective ways of avoiding the protein that causes their allergy:
SPECIFIC™ has special cat foods named Food Allergy Management, which have been specially developed to support cats with food allergy:
These contain a limited number of ingredients to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. Both variants are gluten free, and the ingredients chosen have a low risk of triggering your cat's food allergy.
It is almost impossible to avoid causing allergens like house dust, pollen, grass and fleas. Fortunately you can still help your cat to deal with their allergy by choosing the right food.
This cat food is designed with uniquely high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The special skin-focused vitamin and mineral composition supports a healthy skin and coat. And last, but not least, your cat will love the taste. More details about the diet →
An allergic cat is often affected by several types of allergy - for example they may suffer from both grass and food allergies. The best nutritional support for these cats is a specially designed food that has a low risk of triggering food allergy and is high in special fatty acids.
SPECIFIC™ Allergy Management Plus is a unique food designed for cats with pollen, house dust, flea and food allergy – or any combination of these allergies.
We have taken the best features in allergy management and have put them into one diet. SPECIFIC™ Allergy Management Plus combines hydrolysed proteins, special fatty acids and a skin-focused vitamin and mineral composition. More details about the diet →
Finding the exact causing allergen can take time. You and your vet will need to work together closely. Approaches may include a special food trial. Alternatively blood and other samples may be required.
Skin problems may be caused by something other than allergy. To determine the cause, your vet will make a thorough examination of your cat and perform tests.