Cat Allergies in Humans

    Feline Allergies

    flowericongrey Cat allergy in humans is an allergic reaction to cat glycoprotein secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands. It is mostly found in the cat's skin and saliva.

    An allergic reaction is a histamine reaction that is usually characterized by coughing, wheezing, chest tightening, itching,
    rash, watering eyes, sneezing and similar symptoms.

    It appears, female cats shed substantially lower amounts of allergen than males, and a neutered male sheds significantly less than a full male tom. Other recent studies have shown that, regardless of the breed or sex of the cat, far more people have allergic reactions to darkly colored and pigmented cats versus lighter colored cats with less pigment.

    Allergies to cat dander are one of the most common reasons people cite for disliking cats. However in some instances, humans find the rewards of cat companionship outweigh the discomfort and problems associated with these allergies. Many choose to cope with cat allergies by taking prescription allergy medicine and bathing their cats frequently, since weekly bathing will eliminate about 90% of the cat dander present in the environment. Recent studies have indicated that humans who are exposed to cats or dogs within the first year of their lives develop few animal allergies, while most adults who are allergic to animals did not have a cat or a dog as a pet in childhood

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    flowericongrey Human Allergies

    Allergies to animals can take 2 years or more to develop and may not subside until 6 months or more after ending contact with the animal. Carpet and furniture are a reservoir for pet allergens, and the allergens can remain in them for 4 to 6 weeks. In addition, these allergens can stay in household  air for months after the animal has been removed. Therefore it is wise for people with an animal allergy to check with the landlord or previous owner to find out if furry pets had lived  previously on the premises.

    flowericongrey Find out about - Hypoallergenic cats (hypo=Low or less )

    A hypoallergenic cat is a cat which does not provoke an allergic reaction in humans. There are claims, but no scientific evidence, that the Siberian breed is naturally hypoallergenic. Similarly, cat breeds such as the Sphinx, Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, which lack some of the normal layers of cat fur, are generally held by mild allergy sufferers to be significantly less likely than other breeds to provoke an allergic reaction.

    In 2006 the Allerca company announced the successful breeding of a line of hypoallergenic cats. The Fel d 1 protein is still present in these cats, but exists in a different form that does not provoke an allergic response. Allerca has promised to publish scientific data in 2007. They are currently accepting orders for hypoallergenic kittens at a price of USD$3,950 plus a 'processing and transportation fee' of USD $995. Another company, Felix Pets, also claims to be developing a breed of hypoallergenic cat.

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    flowericongrey What are Pet Allergies? - Sensitivities to animals is one of the most frequently seen allergies. Cats actually cause the most allergic reactions, but any animal with fur or feathers could also become a trigger for such symptoms as red, itchy, watery eyes; nasal congestion; itchy nose; sneezing; difficulty breathing; chronic sore throat and/or scratchy throat; coughing, wheezing, or itchy skin.

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    flowericongrey Pet Allergies, by Morris Nejat, MD - When it comes to pet allergies, man's best friends may often be his worst enemies. Numerous times a day, I come across patients who end up being allergic to a favorite animal or are concerned that they may be allergic to their pet. Before you make the family dog the scapegoat for a family member's allergy symptoms, you must be sure not to wrongfully accuse an innocent pet.

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    Feline Allergies

    flowericongrey ALLERGIES IN DOGS AND CATS - Glendale Animal Hospital - WHAT ARE ALLERGIES?

    Allergies occur when an animal responds abnormally (literally over-reacts) to some everyday substance, called an allergen, like pollen, mold, grass, animal hair, feathers, house dust or fleas and other insects. These substances cause an allergic reaction when inhaled, swallowed, or contact the skin. Certain food items can also cause allergic reactions

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    • Do Cats really suffer from Allergies
    • Are Pet Allergies like Human Allergies
    • What are some signs of an Allergic Pet
    • How will my cats allergies be treated?

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    flowericongrey Flea Allergy in Cats ~ Pawprints and Purrs

    ... Many flea-allergic cats also chew or lick the hair off of their legs. What is the
    proper treatment? The most important treatment for flea allergy is to get the ...

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    flowericongrey Pet Allergies - Symptoms and Detection

    As with their owners, pets are subject to a variety of allergies caused by contact with the skin, digestion, or inhalation. The severity of allergies, which can be seasonal or year round, varies greatly. When your pet has an allergic reaction, it is an overreaction to a particular substance or allergen. Proper identification of the cause is necessary to determine proper treatment.

    The most common symptom from an allergy is itching. Itching caused by contact, food, or inhaled allergens may be localized at spots or systemic covering the pet's entire body.

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    flowericongrey All Animal Veterinary Hospital, VetTalk about Feline Allergies

    ... is the ideal way to treat inhalant allergy, it does ... Cost: This is the most expensive form of treatment. ... Age of Patient: Because many cats develop additional ...
    Description: Overview of the different types of allergies that affect cats - contact, flea, food and inhalant -...

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    flowericongrey Pet Columns: Fleas Can Make Your Pet Very, Very Itchy

    Fleas are tiny wingless critters that annoy pets and disgust owners. Most pet owners will battle fleas or the allergic response fleas can cause. Flea allergy dermatitis-an inflammation and irritation of the skin-is the most common skin allergy in dogs and cats.

    "Adult fleas are blood sucking parasites that require a host, such as a dog or cat, for protection, food, and survival. When a flea bites an animal, a variety of irritating and/or allergy-causing substances from its saliva are injected into the skin," explains Dr. Adam Patterson, a veterinarian completing a residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana.

    Although flea allergies may have a genetic component, there are no known breed, sex, or age pre-dispositions. Animals with environmental allergies may be more likely to develop flea allergies, however. Dogs and cats generally develop this allergy between 2 and 4 years of age.

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    flowericongrey Efficacy of selamectin in the treatment and control of clinical signs of flea
    allergy dermatitis in dogs and cats experimentally infested with fleas. ..

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    flowericongrey Skin Allergy

    Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin conditions. They are encountered in pets, especially dogs, as often as we see them in humanoids. The main difference between us and pets is that allergies in pets tend to cause skin conditions.

    It goes by several names, the most common are atopy, allergic skin disease, or allergic inhalant dermatitis.

    Allergies can be hard to control and are chronic in nature. This causes significant frustration for pet owners and discomfort for pets. A correct diagnosis along with proper therapy instituted early in the course of the disease will minimize this frustration.

    This page summarizes and generalizes the complex problem know as allergic skin disease. It is detailed, and will take a few minutes of your undivided attention to help in understanding this problem

    ... Since cats are more tolerant to cortisone, and can be difficult to pill, it is ... They
    are the mainstay of our long term medical treatment for skin allergies. ...

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