Limiting exposure to an allergen can be difficult, especially if the offending element is an airborne pollen or spore. It’s not possible to cut down every blade of grass or tree in the neighbourhood, and nor would you want to.

However, there are a number of strategies which can help.

Often, we will try a specialised hypoallergenic diet such as Hills Z/D or Royal Canin Hypoallergenic for an affected cat to help reduce any exposure to food-borne allergens. If the pattern of allergy suggests that a contact allergen may be involved we may try changing bedding or avoiding pet clothing.

Cat allergies are often caused by flea sensitivity, so frontline should be applied to the cat kill any fleas present.

Allergy tests are available which can help determine the offending allergies. These are available as skin tests or blood tests. There is a great deal of debate amongst veterinary specialists about the overall accuracy of these tests, but in some cases they can be very helpful.

The next step in dealing with an allergic animal is Reducing Skin Inflammation.