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Q: do cats get allergies?

September 25, 2008 | By cynthia w. | 4 answers | Expired: 2182 days ago

I noticed some of the outside kitties are sneezing and some of their eyelids are a little red. Do they get outdoor allergies like we do? would benedryl help?

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Percysmom
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Sep 25, 2008

As Robyn said, sounds like the cats have some upper respiratory issues as well as possible eye infections. While both cats and dogs do get allergies, they do not have the same symptoms as humans. People usually get the runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Dogs and cats show both seasonal and food allergies through skin conditions. Please don't medicate the cats without a vet visit first. Even if you knew that Benadryl was safe, you can't be sure about your cats' diagnosis. Dosing can also be tricky as Benadryl was made for 130 lbs + humans and your cats are more likely to be around 10lbs

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Ethel02
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Sep 25, 2008

The outside kitties should be at a Vet, sounds like more than allergies, if your they should not be outside, if not yours call SPCA yu are not doing them a favor by leaving them out there to continue to breed, unless you know they have all been spayed & neutered, and if they have it will be easier for a rescue to find them a good home

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Anonymous

Sep 25, 2008

Cats can have allergies but there are several different things that could be wrong with your cats from the two symptoms you describe. Your cats need a proper medical exam and they need to be diagnosed by a professional.

Use medication only under veterinary supervision. Petsmart's Banfield runs clinic hours every week where they waive the doctor visit fee. They are very reasonable in their prices on stuff, so if money is a problem they might be a solution over your regular vet.

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Robyn W.
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Sep 25, 2008

cats do get allergies, but do not given them any medication unless a vet has made this diagnosis. Sneezing and red eyes can also be signs of upper respiratory infections. And some cats do not react favorably to diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Take the cats to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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