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Get the upper-hand on hayfever at Northampton

21st Mar 2019

Our advice for easing hay fever in cats

Have the upper-hand with hayfever

Even though it comes every year, it’s hard to ever feel like you’re prepared for the effects of spring. Pollen counts are on the rise and suddenly you’re sneezing and your eyes are itchy, but at least you can deal with the problem yourself. Your feline friends aren’t quite as lucky. That’s why we recommend coming into Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic in Northampton for a quick spring check-up.

Catch symptoms of hayfever early and you can all enjoy spring nature without any nasty side effects.

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If you want to know a little more about hay fever in cats, keep reading, or even get in touch with our vet nurses.

What causes hayfever in my cat?

Hayfever is caused by pollen, which naturally appears in the air as grass, flowers, and trees spring back into life. There are two ways that cats can encounter pollen, normally dictated by whether they are indoor or outdoor cats:

  • Indoor cats: Pollen can come into your home on shoes and clothes, or even the fur of other animals, which your cat can then react to.
  • Outdoor cats: It’s as easy as your cat walking through a bed of flowers or padding through a nearby field on their way home.

What symptoms should I be looking for?

When pollen counts are high, your cats are sure to be grateful that you know what to keep an eye out for. If they’re suffering from hayfever, you might see:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Noisy breathing
  • Snoring – normally due to an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing or sensitive paws

What can I do to reduce their risk of hayfever?

  • Keep your cats inside. If your cat is used to going outside, this won’t be the easiest transition, but this is the most effective way to reduce the pollen they can encounter.
  • Fight off the pollen in your home. Vacuuming and dusting regularly removes any pollen that might have found its way inside. This includes your cats’ beds and toys, which pollen will also happily cling to.
  • Brush your cats often. Pollen can become caught up in your feline’s fur, so regular brushing (and baths) can remove it before your cats start sniffling.
  • Visit us for a quick allergy test. We can check whether your cat is allergic to pollen (or something else), meaning you know exactly what your pawed pal is up against and how to keep them happy and healthy.

Does my cat need hayfever medication?

If your cat’s hay fever is severe enough – and we’re crossing our fingers that it isn’t – your vet may prescribe antihistamines. This medication is effective at reducing the effects of hayfever and can also make your cat less susceptible to hayfever in the future.

More preventative medication is also available and comes in the form of medicated shampoos and conditioners, which clean your cats’ coats, removing pollen while also soothing any inflammation and itching that hayfever can cause.

If you’d like some support in getting the upper-hand on feline hayfever, remember that you can get in touch with our vet nurses for any advice you need.

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