Presenting Signs – Feline

The following can be characterised as symptoms of cat allergy:

Dermatological Signs

Feline atopic disease is less well characterised than canine disease, and it is unclear whether or not it an inherited disease. Yet over 150 feline skin diseases have been recognised and described. The most common clinical presentation are:

  • Miliary dermatitis
  • Symmetrical / Self induced alopecia
  • Eosinophilic granuloma complex lesions
  • Otitis

Respiratory Signs

  • Chronic cough
  • Expiratory dyspnoea
  • There is increasing evidence to suggest that many cases of feline asthma are allergic in origin

Gastrointestinal Signs

  • Vomiting
  • Chronic and intermittent diarrhoea
  • Eosinophilic enteritis is well recognised in the cat, and adverse food reactions are a common cause of this and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease

Behavioural Signs

  • Overgrooming
  • Persistent licking

For more information on cat allergy, please download our ‘Allergy and Your Pet’ leaflet

Accurate diagnosis requires a complete detailed history, full clinical examination, evaluation of differential diagnoses and allergy testing


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