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Is owning a cat the right choice for me?

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Pet allergies and how to treat them


Seasonal pet allergies, as well as certain types of food, may cause a reaction in your pet. You will not notice symptoms such as a stuffy nose or a headache, however, watery eyes or a change in skin texture will alert you to your pet’s allergies.

Is owning a cat the right choice for you? Well, human beings have different personalities, and so do different types of animals. Cats, for example, are generally calm and low maintenance pets, whereas dogs are fun and playful almost all the time. However, if you have never owned a cat and are wondering if you should bring one into your home, here are a few details you will want to consider.

Here are a few reasons some people prefer cats

  • Cats groom themselves. So, if you prefer low fuss, owning a cat is the right choice for you. 
  • Due to their affectionate nature, owning a cat contributes to the lowering of your stress levels.
  • Cats are playful. Cats don’t hunt in a home environment; however, cats still carry this instinct and therefore have a natural tendency to play.
  • Cats don’t need a big garden or large living area to be happy. If you, for example, live in a flat, owning a cat might be right choice for you because they can do very well in small spaces. 
  • Cats are low maintenance and cost less than owning a dog.
  • Cats live for as long as 15 years. 
  • Domesticated cats like children and adults alike.
  • A cat’s bathroom is in the home. So, this is a perk for someone who lives in a flat or someone who does not appreciate daily poop-scoop walks.

A cat’s personality is very different to that of a dog, so there are a few things you need to be mindful of before deciding to own a cat

  • If you are active, your cat will not join you on that next trail run. Before deciding whether to own a cat is a good idea, consider their personality and yours first. 
  • Cats catch mice. Fact. It is in their nature regardless of how domesticated they are, and when the opportunity arises instinct will prevail.
  • These furkids do not live on the floor, so you need to tolerate counter-top walking and eating. 
  • Lastly, cats shed hair just as much as dogs. 
  • Cats are territorial of their home and their owner. For this reason, cats can be unpredictable around strangers. 

In summary, whether you work long hours or are a stay at home pet parent, cats are low maintenance, independent animals who love attention as much as they love to sleep. If you enjoy their natural instincts and ways, then owning a cat is the right choice for you.

Seasonal pet allergies, as well as certain types of food, may cause a reaction in your pet. You will not notice symptoms such as a stuffy nose or a headache, however, watery eyes or a change in skin texture will alert you to your pet’s allergies.

Symptoms of environmental allergies in cats and dogs include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Persistent licking
  • Watery eyes
  • Redness around the eyes or mouth

However, with pet food allergies you are more likely to notice:

  • Reddening of the skin
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Scaling of the skin and in severe cases, accompanied bleeding

It is, however, important to note that the above pet allergy symptoms can be caused by other factors. Therefore, a visit to your local vet is important to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

How are environmental and food allergies treated?

Allergies are unpleasant to pets. So, taking your furkid to the vet will help you determine whether they are suffering from an environmental or food allergy. And there is no need to panic. There are many products and hypo-allergenic foods available that will help to ease unpleasant symptoms.

Topical treatments and shampoos

To treat your pet’s allergies, topical treatments and shampoos are available for dry and itchy skin. Use Kyron SebbaDerm Shampoo to relieve itchiness and to nourishes the skin. Or, use Kyron’s Sebbarox Shampoo to treat fleabite allergies and other conditions. Should your furkid have developed raw patches, your veterinarian may recommend products from the F10 range as they are anti-bacterial and antiseptic focused.

OTC eye drops

Over the counter eye drops may provide relief for your pet’s itchy and watery eyes. It is always best to speak with your local veterinarian about the best option for your pet and their allergies.

Cleaning your pet’s ears

If your pet experiences environmental allergies, clean your pet’s ears if you notice excessive ear scratching. Your vet will examine your cat or dog to determine whether the ears are red, swollen and/or filled with debris. For dogs clean before bath time. However, check with your vet before administering ear cleaners to ensure that you are administering the treatment correctly. Kyron Cleaner, for example, may assist with environmental allergies as it cleans dirt, debris and discharge from the ear, as well as balancing the PH. Use Kyron Cleaner before any ointments to ensure proper penetration of the required ointment.

Hypoallergenic foods

Hypoallergenic foods are the first choice for food related allergies in pets. Try Vets Choice Sensitive. Enriched with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, allergy prone skin is more nourished from within with less dryness, redness and flakiness.

It is important to remember that environmental and food allergies may occur together. In severe cases, topical corticosteroid treatment or oral corticosteroids may be prescribed. If your pet’s behaviour or skin coat changes, visit your vet as soon as possible.

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