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Eczema and bald spots: if the cat has an allergic reaction to its owner

2023-12-04T08:47:25.288Z

Highlights: One in 20 pets is allergic to humans. About one in 200 cats is affected, and Siamese cats in particular are sensitive. Cats can also be sensitive to certain proteins in food, pollen or mould. A reaction to flea saliva is common, a dog allergy can also occur. Proteins in human skin flakes are suspected. Cleanliness reduces allergens, so wash regularly and exfoliate old skin cells. Talk to your veterinarian about whether antipruritic medication or autoimmune therapy is an option.



Status: 04.12.2023, 09:34 a.m.

By: Larissa Strohbusch

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Is your cat constantly scratching or sneezing excessively? You may be the cause of this! Here's what you need to know about a human allergy.

You have to sneeze, your eyes burn and everything itches: many people know these symptoms as soon as they come across a cat. Now imagine that the house tiger reacts like this when he meets a human! Strange thought? Not at all – because in fact, a human allergy occurs more often than many people think.

If the cat is allergic: what to look out for

Cats can develop © a human allergy cynoclub7YAY Images/IMAGO

When the immune system reacts to actually harmless substances with a strong defense, it is called an allergy. Many people have problems with pollen or animal dander. Cats can also be sensitive: they often have difficulties with certain proteins in food, pollen or mould, but they can also be allergic to other creatures. A reaction to flea saliva is common, a dog allergy can also occur – and even a human allergy. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that around one in 20 pets is allergic to humans. They took a close look at cats in particular: about one in 200 cats is affected, and Siamese cats in particular are sensitive. But the allergy can also occur in dogs, birds or horses.

This is how a human allergy manifests itself:

  • Similar to humans, cats sneeze and cough more frequently.
  • The cat shows eczema and skin problems: dermatitis, dermatitis, red, oozing patches or itching.
  • The cat has hair loss and gets bald spots.

Why are some cats allergic to humans?

What exactly triggers a human allergy is not entirely clear. Proteins in human skin flakes are suspected. As a rule, a tentative diagnosis is made, in which other causes are ruled out. It's also possible that your pet may be sensitive to a new detergent or cleaning product, or may not be able to stand it when you use a new skincare product. Certain bacteria, the mycoplasmas, can also cause respiratory diseases.

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What to do if your cat has an allergic reaction

If your pet is showing allergy symptoms, the first thing you should ask yourself is: Have you changed anything? Maybe you've changed the cleaning agent or you're using a new perfume? Test to see if the symptoms go away when you use other products. You can rule out all other causes, and you're left with the only reason: cleanliness reduces allergens. Be sure to wash regularly and exfoliate old skin cells. Also talk to your veterinarian about whether antipruritic medication or autoimmune therapy is an option.

Source: merkur

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