Cat health care concern: Flea allergies

Posted on October 4, 2010 under Cat Articles

A cat scratches a flea bite.

Allergies are a common condition that affect cat health care. There are five main allergies in cats, and one of the highest-occurring allergies in cats is an allergic reaction to fleas.

A flea allergy is not an allergy to the actual flea, but an allergy to the saliva of the flea. The allergic reaction occurs when the flea injects its saliva into the cat through a bite. Flea control is essential in the cat pet care of cats with a flea allergy.

Once a flea-allergic cat is bitten by a flea, the allergic reaction begins. Cats will often lick, scratch and chew themselves to try and alleviate the irritation caused by the bite. The result of the consistent licking and scratching can cause hair loss, and if the irritation to the skin continues the cat can often develop other cat health care issues such as skin infection.

Treatment of the flea allergy will consist of keeping the cat on a flea preventative to keep fleas from biting him. Antibiotics may also be prescribed if the cat has a skin infection due to biting and scratching the skin. The house will also need to be treated for fleas to reduce the chance of the cat getting bitten by fleas in the future. If the cat goes outdoors, then the yard should be treated as well.

Having a cat with flea allergies is an ongoing battle. The cat’s allergies will usually be worse in the warmer months when there are more fleas present. Flea preventative should be a part of the health care for cats, both those with and without flea allergies, to prevent tapeworm infections and other conditions caused by fleas.