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A single fleabite, fungal disease or food allergy can cause constant scratching.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Posted: Tue Dec 7 00:00:00 PST 2004

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Environmental allergies can be diagnosed in two ways. The gold standard is skin testing, just as physicians do in people, and generally this must be performed by a veterinary dermatologist. Blood testing for allergens is easy, quick and effective. I use both methods, and only send patients to a dermatologist if this test does not yield a diagnosis.

If the allergy is seasonal, we'll often treat the cat with antihistamines. Steroids will also control allergies, but come with several unwanted side effects. Therefore, I generally recommend staying away from steroids. Sometimes a trial run of antihistamines is warranted. I would then recommend a withdrawal of the antihistamines if the itching and scratching are under control, then monitor the condition.

I wish you and that little Munchkin all the best.

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janet    bethlehem, PA

8/5/2011 4:25:05 AM

must be terrible to be so allergic to something!

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

3/31/2010 11:02:19 AM

good article thanks

Chrystal    Westminster, CO

3/11/2009 2:43:40 PM

I hope the kitty feels better soon! My Maggie had an allergic reaction to food once and her ears broke out into red hives. We changed her food and the hives went away.

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