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What is Dust Mite Allergy?

Dust mites live in the home of pet owners, residing in cloth toys, upholstery, mattresses, bedding and carpeting. These mites thrive in humid temperatures, specifically the hot air exhaled during times of sleep. Dust mites feed on skin cells, environmental viruses, fungi and bacteria, but prefer the skin scales of atopic felines. Although the mites may feed on dead skin cells, the actual mite does not cause an allergic response, but rather the dust mite feces. Dust mites have a specialized protein, Der p1, which is passed in their feces and causes a feline to become hyper allergenic. An affected feline may have asthma-like symptoms, such as coughing or wheezing, paired with pruritus, hair loss and skin lesions.

Dust mites allergies in cats is a non-seasonal, allergic response to the microscopic mite commonly known as the dust mite. Dust mites are one of the most common causes of feline allergies with a surprising 30 to 80 percent of all atopic pet cases tested revealing a positive result for dust mites. The United States is home to two species of dust mites: Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, however, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is more common to the United Kingdom. 

Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergy in Cats

A feline suffering from dust mite allergies may experience recurrent seborrhea, otitis (ear itching and inflammation), pyodermas (skin infections) and generalized pruritus, specifically on the feet or face. A feline may also show clinical signs of eosinophilic granuloma complex lesions, plasma cell pododermatitis, or chin acne. Dust mite allergies in cats will also cause symptoms including: 

  • Crusty skin patches
  • Hot spots
  • Localized hair loss 
  • Skin damage 
  • Scratching 
  • Itching 

Secondary to skin reactions of dust mites, your cat may also develop a form of allergy-related asthma. As the feline inhales the fecal dust from the mites, he or she may cough or gag, and do so in a hunched posture in an attempt to stabilize breathing. 

Causes of Dust Mite Allergy in Cats

Dust mite allergies in cats is caused by the Der p1 specialized protein found in the mites’ feces. Coming into contact with said fecal particle, the feline’s immune system overreacts, creating antibodies for the antigen. Dust mites allergies are non-seasonal, but felines may develop an allergenic condition during the fall and winter months. Likewise, an outdoor cat that is brought indoors during the cold months of the year may suddenly develop an allergy as the home is closed up, keeping the dust mites in a confined area. 

Diagnosis of Dust Mite Allergy in Cats

The diagnostic tests specific to dust mite allergies is the skin sensitivity test or the serum IgE test for the reaction to Der p1 proteins caused by dust mites. However, other mites, such as the Cheyletiella, Otodectes and Sarcoptes mite, belong to the same order of acarids, therefore, false positives can occur. For example, if your feline has Cheyletiella, she could actually test positive for dust mites too. Your veterinarian will then use your feline’s clinical symptoms to differentiate between the types of mites and retest the feline. The symptoms associated with dust mite allergies in cats mimic those of food allergies, seasonal allergies, environmental allergies and a number of infections, so a differential diagnosis will need to be made. A differential diagnosis may include a skin scraping, skin cell cytology, skin sample culture and blood test. 

Treatment of Dust Mite Allergy in Cats

Dust mites allergies in cats are treated with immunotherapy and changes in the environment. Subcutaneous or sublingual administration of cyclosporine corticosteroid drugs is the norm for immunotherapy treatment prescribed by veterinarians for feline dust mite allergies. However, the most important portion of the treatment plan is treating dust mites at home. Vacuuming and cleaning carpets once a week, dusting in combination with routine sweeping will eliminate allergy causing dust mite feces in the home. Cat owners are advised to wash all cat bedding and their own bedding if the feline sleeps in bed with their owners. The washing of bedding can take place once a week in combination with sweeping, dusting and vacuuming. 

Recovery of Dust Mite Allergy in Cats

Felines generally respond very well to immunotherapy treatments, but in order to prevent a recurrence, pet owners must keep a clean home. Changing the air filters in your home heating and cooling system can greatly reduce dust mite allergens in the air. Pet owners can also wash their bedding with tea tree oil or steam clean their mattresses, as studies show these methods result in an even higher elimination rate than regular cleaning. There is also a varieties of hypoallergenic pillow cases and bedding available that are said to discourage dust mites. 

Dust Mite Allergy Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Katie
Pretty Moggie
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

see above

My cat is tearing her fur out - leaving open weeping sores about an inch or so across. The sores are only around her head and neck - where she cannot reach to clean herself. My vet prescribed six monthly steroid injections. They had absolutely no benefit at all. The symptoms only developed after having a litter of kittens and being spayed. What can I do?

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Ozzy
moggy
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eyelids
scratching
Bleeding

Hi
My 13 yr old cat has a mite or flea allergy and has had swollen eyelids and itching around his eyes and ears. Scratching is causing bleeding and a lot of discomfort and he tries to use his paws to wash it away. I've so far spent over £200 at the vets and he's had 3 steroid injections, antibiotics and frequent anti flea treatments. I've tried combing him daily with a nit comb (avoiding sore areas), washing his face and applying pet tea tree cream for itchy skin. All to no avail. The steroids did clear his face up but the itching has come back again and I dont want him to take him back to the vets again. What else can I do?

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Freddie
Devon Rex
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching red sores
Itching

Hi,

I have a Devon Rex who was born with no fur, it’s slowly growing crack but around his neck it hasn’t grown. He’s itching a lot around his neck & head leaving it red & sore.
Could he be allergic to dust mites?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Freddie I cannot say what the specific cause of the itching is, but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to check for infections, parasites or signs of other conditions which may be leading to itching or the formation of sores. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Weasley
Maine Coon mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Inflammation in face/mouth

Hi there. My cat has been diagnosed with eosinophilic granuloma complex (hopefully I’m spelling that right) and we’ve already done food trials and flea collar treatments to deal with his face inflammation. Is it possible that dust mites could be the underlying allergy? I have interior brick walls and I thought maybe this could be the cause. The next step for him at the vet is a medicine for his allergies which costs way too much. If I can isolate the cause of his allergy I could potentially save me and him a lot of trouble. His face is clear right now -vet gave him short term steroids. Are dust mites in the brick wall a potential cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dust mites have been indicated as a cause in some literature but I cannot say whether this is the case here; one option is to move Weasley to someone else's home for a few weeks to see if there is any improvement in symptoms to isolate whether it is something in your home which is triggering this condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://cms.evsrl.it/socspec/sitetailorcommon/showbinary.aspx?id=4773

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Lena
short haired
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sore
Itchy neck

My cat has sores around her neck where her collar would sit. We have changed her to a low Allegen food but the sores are still coming out. If she is having a dust mite allergy rather then food allergy how can I help her ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can take some time for an allergen to leave Lena’s system, you should continue with the dietary change for a few weeks and monitor for improvement; you should also bathe any sores with a dilute antiseptic. If a food allergy (or any other allergy) is suspected, you should discuss allergy testing with your Veterinarian to identify the allergen faster. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freddie
Tuxedo
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of fur
Sores

Hello, our cat has been tested for allergies and found to be allergic to two types of dust mite and one type of storage mite.

His condition (fur loss, sores) is being kept under control wqith steroid tablets but this is less than ideal long-term.

It has been suggested that there is an immunotherapy vaccine available for cats with this condition, but that it is experimental (unlike a similar treatment for dogs, which apparently is more proven).

Could you please advise of the approximate success rate for cat immunotherapy vaccinations for cats?

Are there any potentially harmful side effects?

Finally, could you please tell me the approximate cost of the vaccine?

Thank you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you are referring to immunotherapy injections or oral treatments to try and decrease the signs of atopy for Freddie, it is used in cats, but not as commonly as in dogs, as they don't tend so suffer from atopy as often as dogs do. In dogs, it helps with about 75% of dogs to decrease signs - I would imagine it would be a similar percentage in cats, but I'm not sure there are enough cats being treated to have a valid percentage. If Freddie is suffering from long term allergies, it would be worth trying to avoid steroids, I agree. There are similar side effects to any vaccination, and your veterinarian would probably want to monitor him in the hospital for the first few injections to make sure that he doesn't have any allergic reactions to the therapy. You would have to ask your veterinarian about the cost, as costs vary depending on the area that you live in. There is also a medication called Apoquel that might offer relief for him with fewer long term side effects than steroids - you can talk with your veterinarian about whether this might be an option for him based on his general health status. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Thank you for your swift response. I was indeed referring to the immunotherapy injections. I will mention the Apoquel, and see what the vet says – it was helpful to have this second opinion from you.

Thanks again and kind regards!

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Toby
tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tilting head
Itchy ears
frantic grooming of the ears
Rubbing ears until they are raw
Moderate to Severe pain
brown/black build up in ear canal

Medication Used

Hills Diet Food And Skin Allergy

I have had Toby for a little over a year now, and he's always had problems with a specific and reoccurring ear infection. I have taken him to two different vets, and he has been incorrectly treated for ear mites between changing vets, and the only thing we've found so far is that it might be an allergy of some kind. I have changed his food to prescription Hills for food and skin allergies (with no extra snacks or scraps and sent in cultures on the gunk build-up and sent them to Iowa State University Vet Med with absolutely no luck. Do you think it could be dust mites, or another kind of air born allergy? Or is there something I'm missing?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
That kind of itching would be unusual with an environmental allergy, if it is specific to Toby's ears. There are many medications that are available if environmental allergies are possible, and the food that he is on may take a few months to take effect.

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