Hi, I’m Diana Korten, and I’m here today with Helen to talk about flea allergies in cats. Now, Helen actually has a terrible flea allergy to cats, but we’ve got it really under control. When I first found her in the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles she was covered in fleas covered in hundreds of fleas, and her skin was a mess. All in here she had terrible scabbing, all around her neck, all down her back, most of the places where fleas inhabit a lot. She was just coated in scabs. It took us a long time to figure out how to take care.
Of this. The first thing to do of course is to get rid of the fleas. What can happen is that the cat once they have the scabs they, the scabs themselves are itchy, so they itch the scabs, they they bite at their tail, they’re. So, there’s a few things that you want to do. You you can take them to the Vet and have them treated with antibiotics and antifungal ointments and salves. You can also adjust their diet, because sometimes, cats that have flea allergies will also develop allergies to particular foods, particular ingredients.
In foods like corn or gluten, or. Anyway, you can have your cat tested for what other panel of allergies they may have in addition to the flea allergy, that may be contributing to the outbreak of the the sores and things that they get. Another common allergy that accompanies flea allergies is plastic allergies, and so what I’ve done with Helen she has a leather collar, rather than a plastic collar or a vinyl collar, because again, that seems to really make a difference for her in terms of the scabbing and things that she gets around.
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Her neck. You have to remember, with flea allergies is it doesn’t take an entire infestation to cause the cat to start scratching uncontrollably. Really, just one or two fleas can cause it, because it’s the flea saliva that the cat is actually allergic to, so once they get bitten they start having a reaction that, and if they dig their claws into it then they they start getting the secondary infections and all that kind of stuff. So, I have here just a little hydrocortisone salve. That’s a little something that you can apply to any.
Itchy spots. This this one is made particularly for pets so that they won’t hurt them if they end up licking some of it off. Anyway, she doesn’t really have any infections right now, but it is something that you can use. The other thing that you want to be sure to do when you have a cat who has a flea allergy is you want to be sure to keep their nails trimmed and short, because that’ll help reduce the amount of tearing that happens when they scratch. The other thing that you can do if the if the clipping of the nails isn’t enough.
To help protect the skin is you can put soft claws on their, on the the paws. Those are the little plastic caps that you can glue onto their paws. The truth is, if you can keep the cat indoors, keep the cat deflead, keep fleas out of the environment, and manage the habitual scratching and biting that the cat can develop from the irritation of the, that grew out of the initial flea bite, then you can really manage it quite well, as you can see with Helen, who is really doing incredibly well.