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One of the most common problems that cats face is allergies. When a cat is having an allergic reaction its immune system overreacts to certain substances that the animal is exposed to. The reaction can surface in one of three ways:
• Localized irritation on one area of the cat's body or generalized irritation all over the cat's body
• Respiratory problems (coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nose and eye discharge, etc.)
• Digestive problems (diarrhea or vomiting)
If you have even an inkling of a suspicion that your cat is suffering from an allergy, contact your veterinarian immediately—it's better to be safe than sorry. Describe your cat's symptoms to the vet and he'll be able to advise you on what to do next. It is likely that your cat will need an allergy relief medicine.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|