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Cat Allergy Medicine to Relieve Discomfort

When your cat is suffering from allergies it is hard not to notice. They can be very sensitive to common allergens or substances found in most environments. You can easily spot an extreme reaction to things like trees, grass, fabrics, rubber or cigarette smoke when their body has a negative response. This is because your pet’s body views these substances as a danger and is working hard to protect itself.

Symptoms to look out for include sneezing, coughing, increased scratching, itchy runny eyes, vomiting, and swollen paws. Before deciding how to treat your feline consult their veterinarian. They will properly diagnose your pet and prescribe an antihistamine for cats or other medication to provide instant relief.

Allergy Meds for Cats

Petco carries five types of prescription medications and antihistamines for cats that help soothe discomfort. Each can be given orally and is available in capsule or tablet form for dogs, cats, and other small animals. While most work to control symptomatic itching, there are some differences. We’ll help you understand what each allergy med for cats treats and why your veterinarian might prescribe one over the other:

Clemastine: An antihistamine in tablet form that belongs to a group of H1 blockers. It works by stopping the actions of histamine in the body, which cause many of the symptoms we see when an allergic reaction occurs. Clemastine has less of a sedative side effect compared to the other medications.

Cyclosporine: A Medication that suppresses the immune system and is used to treat immune-mediated diseases, especially those involving the blood or skin. At lower doses, Cyclosporine for cats treats allergies to airborne substances and is available in capsule form.

Cyproheptadine: Another antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies, atopy, and asthma in pets. It is also prescribed to treat serotonin syndrome and as an appetite stimulant for felines. Cyproheptadine for cats helps decrease inflammation and itching and blocks the chemical serotonin. It’s available in tablet form.

Hydroxyzine: An antihistamine that comes in two forms— Hydroxyzine Pamoate and Hydroxyzine HCI. Both remedy symptoms caused by allergies, flea bite dermatitis, atopy, and hives. Hydroxyzine Pamoate, the generic form of Vistaril, is available in capsule form and Hydroxyzine HCI, the generic form of Atarax, is available in tablet form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bathing your cat one or two times per week can help minimize environmental allergens. But if you notice your pet is licking their paws or scratching more than usual, you can explore our wide selection of prescription medication that includes antihistamines for cats. When you’re ready to order add the item to your cart, fill in your pet and veterinarian’s information, and Petco will handle getting the prescription.

Indoor cats and kittens are susceptible to mold and dust year- round, though it may not cause a reaction for some cats. For example, pollen can cling to clothing and can spread throughout your home when you return, causing these allergens to irritate your cat. Your veterinarian can perform tests to determine if your cat experiences indoor (or environmental) allergies. Cats can also be allergic to foods and will require extensive testing to determine if and what types of foods they are sensitive and reacting to, so please contact your veterinarian.

Soap-free allergy shampoo and cool water can help relieve symptoms by reducing allergens on your cat’s skin, for those cats that tolerate bathing. The options to treat allergies depend largely on the underlying cause which sometimes can be difficult to determine: food, environmental or flea. Relief from the inflammation, scratching and sometimes hair loss can come from veterinary prescribed injections, chewables, pills or tablets, compounded flavored syrup, liquids or topicals, or a combination of any of the above.

There are a variety of options to address allergies in cats including Omega 3, antihistamines, and nasal sprays. Before starting any treatments, it’s important to check with a trusted veterinarian for specifics regarding your cat’s health history and symptoms. Cats can be sensitive to certain drugs, so always check to ensure safe administration of medication.

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