Flea Allergy in Cats

Cat With Flea Dermititis

Cat With Flea Dermititis

Flea allergy in cats is a common affliction. Cats with flea allergy have immune reactions to fleas and flea secretions and droppings. Flea allergy can irritate the cat and cause excessive grooming leading to hair loss and other issues. Flea allergy is not necessarily easy to diagnose. Allergy tests are expensive and not always reliable. Cats can have allergies to food and other allergens in the environment. Searching for fleas and flea droppings on an allergic cat does not always yield evidence of fleas. The response of allergic cats is often excessive grooming that can remove all traces of fleas and droppings.

In households with multiple pets, the allergic cat can be repeatedly infested from its household companion and groom away the evidence in a short time. Thus, it may be more telling to examine the non-allergic pet for flea infestation. In many cases, the best supporting evidence for flea allergy in a cat comes from treating the cat for fleas and noting that the symptoms diminish or disappear.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Flea Allergy in Cats

  1. This was a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. asyraf says:

    Flea allergy can be avoided by using effective flea drop. Choose flea drop from reputable brand.

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