Kitten Allergies

A veterinarian can help identify the causes of allergic reactions in kittens.

A veterinarian can help identify the causes of allergic reactions in kittens.

If your kitten is sneezing, it is possible his young, developing body is reacting to something in his environment that is irritating him. As everything around your furry friend is a new experience, taking some time to observe different elements is the best way to solve his troubles.

Seasonal Allergies

It is quite possible that your kitten is wheezing and sneezing due to what's in the air as he grows up. Depending on what time of the year your kitten is born, he could be experiencing his first bout with seasonal allergies. According to WebMD, it is possible for kittens and full-grown cats to experience negative reactions to trees, pollen, grass, weeds and various blooming flowers. Your kitten's respiratory system may just have some of the same weaknesses as yours if you also are a seasonal allergy sufferer.

Cat Litter

Let's face it: Cat litter for the most part is pretty dusty. According to Vet Info, the best way to determine if your kitten is having a reaction to the particulate often tossed up into the air when he tries to cover up his "dirty business" is to observe kitty right afterward to see if sneezing begins concurrently. If so, trying out another brand of kitty litter is the best way to help your feline friend end his battle with this allergen.

Food

Determining if kitty's allergic reaction is related to the food he is consuming is a bit complicated. According to WebMD, it is necessary to feed the kitten a diet consisting of prescription food with hydrolyzed protein for a minimum of 12 weeks. Food meeting this specification has no potential allergens and will clear the feline's system of anything causing problems. Then, the process of elimination begins by re-introducing former foods one at a time and monitoring reactions. It's time-consuming, but it is the most effective way to determine what food caused the allergic reaction so it can be permanently eliminated from the kitten's diet.

Foreign Objects

Kittens, like little kids, are curious creatures. While a kitten with no opposable thumbs cannot do what a kid can in sticking something up his nose, it is possible for a kitten to get a foreign object lodged in his nostrils. According to Vet Info, this is not all that unusual, especially if the kitten has been poking his nose around in the grass or a dusty area. In most cases, a kitten will sneeze the object out. However, sometimes help is necessary from a veterinarian who is trained to remove the object without inadvertently damaging the kitten's tender nasal passage.

Medications

Turnabout is fair play. Plenty of humans take medications to alleviate their allergic reaction to cats. It only stands to reason that cats -- especially developing kittens -- may need some pharmaceutical help, as well. According to WebMD, veterinarians may opt to prescribe cortisone or steroids to help a kitten cope with an allergy. Airborne allergies are best managed by allergy shots. Antihistamines given before exposure to an allergen can reduce a kitten's reaction when the allergen comes into play. Giving a kitten a fatty acid supplement recommended by your veterinarian can ease skin itching caused by allergens.

 

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Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.

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