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What is Litter Allergy?

Any cat at any age can develop litter allergies, but kittens and senior cats are more susceptible. Cats that suffer from other allergies are also more prone to developing litter allergies. Read your cat’s litter packaging carefully and avoid those with fragrances or other possible allergens. Also, speak with your veterinarian about which cat litter would be best for your cat. You may also consider an alternative to traditional cat litter such as sand or fresh pellets.

Cats can develop all sorts of allergies and many times owners are left wondering what is causing the problem. There are a lot of irritants that are overlooked because they are in products that are used every day for cats, this includes cat litter. This is especially the case with the scented litters and the clumping litters. Your veterinarian can run a diagnostic test panel on common cat allergens. You can also switch your cat’s litter and monitor your cat to see if the symptoms persist.

Symptoms of Litter Allergy in Cats

Litter allergies will be a constant nuisance to your cat, especially since they are exposed to the allergens in the litter several times a day. Your cat may even begin avoiding the litter box completely and toileting in other areas of your home. If you notice your cat acting strangely or sickly, contact your veterinarian for an appointment and discuss different possible allergens that your cat could be exposed to.

  • Sneezing
  • Watery and/or itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy skin with severe scratching
  • Facial swelling
  • Acne
  • Avoidance of the litter box
  • Toileting in places away from litter box
  • Coughing

Causes of Litter Allergy in Cats

The exact cause of litter allergies in cats will vary depending on the cat that is affected. Just like people, cats can develop allergies to certain things such as fragrances or dust. Cat litter that is especially dusty or has a lot of fragrance will cause cats with litter allergies more problems than fragrance-free and minimal dust litters. 

Cat litter may contain chemicals, bentonite, silica dust, clay and/or fragrances that can cause your cat to exhibit allergies and begin avoiding the litter box. Cats that have already been diagnosed with other allergies will be more prone to developing a litter allergy. Senior cats and kittens will also be more prone since their immune systems are not as strong.

Diagnosis of Litter Allergy in Cats

When you bring your cat to their veterinary appointment also bring a sample of their cat litter and the name of the litter. A list of the ingredients would also be helpful. Your veterinarian will take a detailed medical history and will probably examine the litter ingredients to see if there might be a common allergen present.

Your veterinarian will perform a full physical examination. They will take blood samples, hair and skin samples. There are blood tests and intradermal tests that will detect common allergens that your cat is allergic to. 

It will also probably be recommended that you perform some elimination traits to verify if it is your cat’s litter that is the problem. Check labels carefully and avoid all litter that contains silica dust and/or fragrances. Once you remove the litter you have been using and replace it with a different litter, closely monitor your cat’s behavior and note if there is a decrease in the symptoms. Remember, it can take up to two weeks for the allergens to work their way out of your cat’s system. Therefore, be patient when trying new litter.

Treatment of Litter Allergy in Cats

Your veterinarian may prescribe an antihistamine or cortisone to help alleviate the symptoms that your cat is experiencing. Allergy shots are also available if the litter allergy is severe. Immunotherapy may also be an option for cats that suffer from severe allergies.

Once it has been determined that your cat is suffering from litter allergies, your veterinarian may recommend certain litters that do not contain the offending allergens. You may consider switching the type of litter box you are using since ceramic or metal litter boxes will accumulate less dust than the popular plastic litter boxes. Also, avoid dyes, fragrances, and chemically treated litter.

Recovery of Litter Allergy in Cats

Once you have found the cause of your cat’s illness, research cat litters that are available, be sure to avoid chemicals, fragrances and dyes. Also, check out the low dust options for cat litter. In cases where your cat is severely allergic to litter, there are alternatives to traditional cat litter. These include fresh pellets, wheat husks, dried corn, sand and shredded newspaper.

Litter Allergy Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mohawk
Maine Coon
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Infection
Inflamation
Redness
Itching

Medication Used

Prednisolone

I was wondering if my cat could have been allergic to my other cat's urine in the litterbox. Since Mohawk was little he suffered from an allergy that affected his paws mostly. He's been on prednisolone which keeps it a bay. This past January my other cat Mr. Niki passed away and I changed my litter box to a new one. Mohawk hasnt had a reaction for months now and hasnt been on prednisolone.

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Sophie
Persian
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

My persian Sophie has her front paws swollen and with a terrible smell. Vet says it's a bacteria and probably I need to change the kind of litter I use. This happened before 3 years ago, so I changed the litter to the walnut litter, super natural and it's happening again. I honestly don't know what to do and what kind of litter I should try since I heard litter with chemicals would be worst for her. Any suggestions?

My Siamese has the same problem with his paws. I changed him to a newspaper litter and it seems to work better because the small pieces of litter don’t get stuck in his paws.

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Albert
Russian Blue
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw pads

Just noticed our mellow Russian Blue has swollen pads on his left front paw. He's also tearing from 1 eye w/a bit of a runny nose. He's a big guy, 14 lbs and his appetite/water intake is normal. Just acting off. Checked him for injuries, cuts, punctures & nothing. He totally hisses&scratches at us which is not like him. Wondering if this might be an allergy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Allergies are a possibility especially if you have changed litter brands, detergents used in the home, new foods among other changes; without examining Albert I cannot say whether or not this is an allergy or a reaction to something else (insect bite etc…). You may try to give cetirizine at a dose of 5mg per day but if there is no improvement or breathing is affected you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aiko
Cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

congestion
Running Nose
Sneezing

My cat is excessively sneezing and is very congested, having a hard time breathing out of her nose. We took her home from the shelter about 5 days ago, and she was healthy when she got home. It started the next day. I don’t know if it’s an allergy or maybe a virus she contracted in the shelter.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be something in your home which is causing irritation to Aiko’s respiratory tract leading to the symptoms, this may be due to anything from cigarette smoke (for example), plants or other things in your home; it is also possible that this is caused by an infection. If Aiko is having a hard time breathing, you should visit a Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side to diagnosis the cause and to give treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frosty
British Shorthair
7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Cat is starting to pee on a chair. Try's to avoid cat litter box. Could she be allergic to the cat litter? She recently had a urinary tract infection and was on anti-biotics. It seems that the symptoms are coming back where she doesn't want to pee in litter box. I think maybe she s allergic to the litter.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are suspecting that Frosty may be avoiding her litter due to allergies it may be worth testing this may moving to a different type of litter; it is possible to get (depending on your location) kitty litter which is old newspaper pellets or try the other way with shredded newspaper to see if that helps. Speak with your local pet shop to see what alternatives they have for you to try. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.yesterdaysnews.com

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Puff
Unknown
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

overgrooming
scratching
Fur Loss
Scabs

Medication Used

zyrtec

Two months ago I notice that my 8 year old indoor cat had some very small scabs on her neck...I gave her Zyrtec 5mg for over a month and it has done nothing to help. She does not have fleas, mites etc...I have now switched her to a Duck-Sweet potato food in the event that she has a food allergy. I did bathe her with the first episode of these scabs...now her entire belly is bare, her hind quarters as well, and she has the scabs from her neck to her back side and belly. If the Zyrtec did not help...and the food allergy takes up to three months to determine...what can I give this poor cat to stop the itching and over grooming? Could she have a litter allergy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that she has an allergy to cat litter, a detergent you use for your laundry, other cleaning products among almost anything else. Given the severity of the scabs and hair loss, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to check for any mites which may be present on the skin; also allergy testing may be useful to identify an allergen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, did you have any luck!? My cat is the same :(

Hi! Did anyone find out what there cat had? My cat seems to have the same issues excessive grooming/ scratching/ fur missing/ scabs from scratching... but he also is throwing up... I haven’t noticed him throwing up in the last 2 weeks and we’ve been sure to watch how much we are feeding him. We have 2 cats and are from the same litter. Our other cat has no symptoms like he does. I’m thinking some kind of allergy? He doesn’t have fleas... indoor cat. Could it be mites, litter? Is there any way of knowing? The rest of the family aren’t getting bitting by anything... any help/ advice is appreciated...

Hi Puff's owner! Did you ever find a solution? My cat has the EXACT symptoms. Occasional scabs on the back of her neck and she is overgrooming to the point where she is gnawing at her front and back legs, belly and the underside of her tail. She'll even be in the middle of playing, stop to gnaw at herself, and then keep playing. It got a little better last summer without me changing anything in her environment, but came back this winter. Her urine is fine, blood work is fine. I switched to a different non-scented litter and it seemed to improve slightly for 2-3 weeks, but now is just as bad as before. I'm about to try SchweatScoop for a more natural litter before taking her back to the vet for more help. Any help advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Charlie Bear
Domestic shorthair
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

I am fostering an eight week old kitten. I have had him for over a week now and recently changed the brand of litter I was using. I noticed that after I changed the litter he started to sneeze quite a bit. Before I freak out and take him to the clinic, I was wondering if it could very well just be the fact that this litter could be more dusty or the fact that this new litter has a perfume to it..the only reason I am more hesitant to say he is sick is because he is eating, drinking, and pottying just fine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that the litter is the culprit, change back to the old litter for a week or so and see if the symptoms disappear. Dusty litter may cause respiratory symptoms and if the symptoms appeared after the change then this too is indicative of this being the problem. Keep an eye on Charlie Bear, but if there are other symptoms present you should think about visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maisy
Khao Manee
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

my cat recently has been having light pink to brown discharge from just one eye. can her new litter or the lavander plant do this?? she also likes to sleep under our sheets between our legs so maybe that?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Maisey, I can't see her eye or know what might be causing this discharge. Cats can get allergies, bacterial infections, or irritants that cause chronic eye discharge. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to see her, determine what might be going on, and prescribe a treatment for her.

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Peppy
domestic short hair
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
scabs on neck
hair loss on belly and inner legs

Medication Used

was on 14 days of Prednisone

Hello, My cat began losing her fur on the lower abdomen and now on the inside of her hind legs. I did change her litter to a clumping fragrance litter last year and have changed back to an organic one which she used to use. In addition to the fur loss and grooming she is constantly scratching her neck, cheeks and upper body. She's been to the vet and they found no fleas, no mites (from a skin scrape test), no ringworm. She's an indoor cat and I'm perplexed. I've put her on a food elimination diet and have seen less excessive grooming but still lots of scratching over the last three weeks. I've changed laundry detergent to a hypo allergenic one, shampooed carpets with an anti-allergen shampoo and am vacuuming regularly. A few weeks ago she was on Prednisone for two weeks, things got better then with less of the grooming and scratching. She's also had a Revolution flea treatment, had an anti-biotic and 10 day course of ear cleaning and ear mite medicine.

I'm just not sure what to do next. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems that a lot of bases have been covered already in trying to determine the underlying cause; litter may be a possible cause and I would recommend trying a plain paper based litter (see the link below) to see if there is any improvement especially on the lower abdomen. I cannot think of anything else to recommend as many different conditions have been tested or treated for already. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.yesterdaysnews.com

I am not a vet but my cat got this after prednisone. It can be a side effect. You may find it was something simple and then after Prednisone worked for a while, you cat reacted to prednisone. Hopefully its gone now.

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Callie
Calico
Dont no say round 3
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

My cat was a outdoor an indoor cat since ive moved i keep her inside most of the time i changed cat litter an now she scratches all the time an pulls at her hair i no she dont have fleas so is it the litter i use to use cheap litter that was more like sand now i use litter that has clumping an fragarence

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is most likely attributable to the change in litter, non-clumping cat litter is best generally and fragrance may cause some irritation to the skin leading to scratching; I would go back to the cheaper litter and give Callie a bath to see if this helps to improve the itching. Give it a week or so after changing the litter, if she is still itching it may be due to something new in your home or a change of food or treat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harold
domestic short hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
Redness
Hair Loss

Medication Used

none

Hello! Please help! My cat has lesions on his back to the base of his tail that look almost like herpes (to describe the appearance). He’s losing his hair and these lesions are red around the edges and they’re kind of yellow. They’re in a straight line pattern. What could it be and what should I do? Could it be a litter allergy? I have another cat who isn’t having any problems like that. They share everything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Litter Allergy is one possible cause for the symptoms you’re describing since a cat may be allergic to any new litter or may develop an allergy to a litter they have always used, but from your description it doesn’t sound like a litter allergy and I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian on Monday morning for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penelope
Domestic shorthair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fur loss.

Penelope (a domestic shorthair) was adopted from our local SPCA shelter three months ago. She is an orange tabby which is an uncommon sex/color combination. We wanted an adult cat and the shelter thinks she is at least six years old.

Penelope is an indoor cat and a "couch potato." Despite a sedentary lifestyle she has a strong appetite and a tendency to gain weight. She is healthy and takes no medications.

When adopted Penelope's coat was full, soft, and smooth. Within a few weeks she lost most of the fur on her belly and a few small areas on her legs. No rash, no excessive grooming on the belly. Our trusted vet suspected a storage mite allergy and suggested we switch to a grain-free food. We did that one month ago and there has been no improvement.

We asked the shelter about the kind of food used there (is it grain-free?). The answer was "We rely on donated food and our animals are fed whatever we have on hand. Nothing fancy and certainly not grain-free."

There are no children and no other animals in the house, so Penelope lives a stress-free life (so far as we can control it). She enjoys attention and is not shy or skittish. She has no fleas, ear mites, etc.

We have always avoided household cleaners and laundry products containing fragrance. The house is carpeted and is vacuumed regularly.

The litter has a fragrance but Google searches indicate that fragrance allergies manifest as sneezing and eye-watering. Penelope does not have those symptoms.

Please advise...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A non-pruritic (non-itching) cause for fur loss may include hormonal conditions since other causes like allergies, parasites and chemical irritation normally result in scratching or increased grooming; behavioural conditions like psychogenic grooming would result in a noticeable increase in grooming. Stress and other factors may lead to fur loss and it is difficult to say what constitutes stress for a cat, but if Penelope wants for nothing and is otherwise calm we can rule that out too. I cannot think of anything else which may be causing the the loss of fur, however sometimes the dust from some types of cat litter can irritate the skin and belly of some cats so it may be worth checking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

I have a 10 you long haired black cat. Over several months I’ve noticed he is losing hair on his stomach and inside legs. I can see his pale skin so there are no lesions, mites, fleas and such. He has been on the same food all his life. Only change is a switch to Tidy cat lightweight litter. Could this be the cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A change in litter may be a cause for hair loss in cats especially on the ventral abdomen and between the hind legs; another possible cause may be due to hormonal conditions which may cause non-irritating hair loss. You can try to switch back to the old litter and giving Shadow a good bath to remove any residue of the of litter; however if there is no improvement or you notice any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

This is exactly what is happening to my cat after I switched to Fresh Step lightweight cat litter. Thank you so much for posting your symptoms as my cat is losing hair on her inside legs and stomach as well. She licks all of the time, and I just realized what I had changed in the last six months.

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Flash
tabby
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Over grooming, exessive scratching

Could my cat have an allergy? He’s been like this for 3/4 months over grooming, excessive scratching, bald spots, scabs... he occasionally vomits but I’m thinking that’s from over feeding been watching how much the kids give him haven’t seen him vomit in weeks. Now that I think about he looks a little thinner. We have been using the new slide litter for about 3/4 months could he be allergic to it? Or to a food? He always seems hungry and goes after my kids food the second they leave the table. He’s an orange tabby I believe... when we got him 3 years ago he was farel has a sibling from the same litter she’s not showing any signs like he is which makes me think it could be an allergy. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Excessive itching and overgrooming may be due to allergies and if you noticed a change after switching to the new litter, that may be the cause; however you need to keep in mind that there are many possible allergens which may be from the environment or from the food and cats may even develop allergies to food or environmental sources over time. You could try switching the litter back and then bathing Flash in a mild hypoallergenic shampoo and monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement after two or three weeks you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ms Pearl
dwelf
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

eye leaking

my naked cat has a (one) leaky eye. I am cleaning eye with tears in morning. and applying 3 times daily terramycin. Could she have some sort of allergy and can I give her baby benidryl. if no how long can I apply the terramycin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can apply Terramycin (oxytetracycline) ointment three four times per day for ten days (or as directed on packaging) to see if there is any improvement, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Cetirizine at 5mg per day is better in cats than Benadryl, so it is worth trying if the eye drops are not successful but you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/Documents/pharmacy-oxytetracycline-ophthalmic.pdf

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Shere Khan
Bengal
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eyes
Fur Loss
Itching
Sneezing

Shere Khan initially presented with a significant bald patch on his haunch. When I found it, there were no open sores, but he was biting and scratching, and moved to his feet. He developed skin infections, which were treated by a vet by antibiotics.

Then he started losing a significant amount of fur, and developed a bald patch on his neck. The vet prescribed an initial dose of Prednisone, two 5mg tablets per day. This worked almost immediately. Once I reduced to one 5mg tablet per day, per instructions, the fur loss started again. He's also developed a sneeze over the last couple of days, and watery eyes but no nasal discharge or colored discharge from eyes.

I changed his litter after the first vet visit, since his old litter was not clumping well (which wasn't a problem, so I suspected a change in litter formula) and I didn't want to risk development of another infection. His new litter has a serious fragrance to it.

Could these be indicative of an allergic reaction to the perfume in the litter? I'm at my wit's end, and not sure if I should take him back to the vet for the sneezing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the new litter is causing some irritation if it is fragranced, if you are suspecting that the kitty litter is an issue you should replace the litter with shredded paper for a few weeks or with pellets made from recycled paper which shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction. Sneezing and watery eyes may also be just due to a litter upper respiratory tract infection, if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Indigo
American Shorthair
11 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My cat's been sneezing on and off for a few weeks. Like every few hours she'll sneeze two or three times. Sometimes she'll go for a couple days without. I switched her litter to a different brand, the last one before my current brand seemed to be when she went without sneezing the longest. But I want to be sure it's not something serious. She has feline herpes so I wonder if it might be part of a flare up? I do notice that the sneezing coincides with my visits to a friend with 6 indoor/outdoor cats, one of which had a cold. Can people carry illnesses that affect pets but not themselves? I also wonder if it's a change in environment, my room is kind of dusty and lately we've had the windows to the house open, so I don't know if either of those would trigger allergies?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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All of the possible cause you have listed are possible culprits; humans can carry infections on clothing, hands and in some cases in our respiratory tract without being infected ourselves. The amount of time a pathogen can live outside of a host varies between each pathogen (no set rules). The kitty litter is an easy one to check, just switch back to the old brand for a few weeks and see if there is any improvement; also monitor Indigo’s sneezing and visit your friend during a period of no sneezing, if she will sneeze on your return, you know the cause is from your friend which most likely though is an allergen. It is all trial and error really, if it get really bad visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Whiskey
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing, eyes watering
Sneezing

my cat is not an outside cat however he does love to chill on the patio it is a balcony so there is no contact with other cats in October he got a upper respiratory infection I gave him all of his medicine he recovered lately he has been sneezing off and on. I've noticed that he seems to do it when he comes out of the litter box or when I am smoking a cigarette outside. However I can't decide if it is coincidental that he sneezes at that time or if it is related.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause may be for the sneezing since litter dust, cigarette smoke and environmental allergens may all cause irritation leading to sneezing. You should try to change the litter to an unfragranced high quality brand and not have him outside when you are smoking, if he still sneezes after being outside then there may be an environmental allergen; if he stops sneezing, then it was the litter or the smoking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowball
moggy
6 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamed skin under her fur.

My cat as for several months developed a skin condition on her paws ( all four) it looks sore but doesnt appear to bothet her in any way . Im wondering if its an allergy to litter ? I have 2 morw cats and they are fine . If i could upload a pic that would of being great .

Thanks Nicola

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible causes for skin problems in cats include allergies, parasites, bacterial or fungal infections, or systemic disease. If the area doesn't bother her, it is reasonable to try a different litter, but if it doesn't improve, it would be best to have her see a veteirnarian to have it examined.

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Misty
Nebelung
11 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

We recently switched litter and my cat has now has asthma, but then again it is allergy season. This started about a week ago, after a few days we took her to the vet and they gave her a shot and said to give it 24 hours. She is still wheezing and coughing. I am getting our previous litter now but do you have any advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like you’re going to do what I would advise which is to change the litter back to the old brand and thoroughly bathe Misty to ensure there is no residue from the the new litter on her fur. Monitor her for a week and see if the symptoms decrease or not; if there is no improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leia
Maine Coon mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scabs
scratching
Scratches

Our female cat who is around six years old started getting little marks on her skin which we chalked up to being marks from our other cat when they rough house, but now she has them all over her neck and tail area. I’ve check for fleas and brushed her coat really well and haven’t found anything, she has upper respiratory problems and has feline hpv that’s currently in remission, we changed the kitty litter over a month ago but I’m not sure what the cause is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to have your cats treated regularly for fleas, ticks and worms even if they are indoor cats; keeping to a schedule is important for general prevention. It is possible that Leia is having an allergy to the new litter, especially if the symptoms coincide with the change; I would recommend changing back for a few weeks to see how she goes and bathe the affected areas with dilute chlorhexidine or another antiseptic daily. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Franklin
Orange tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Rash
Hairloss

Medication Used

None presently

Frankie has a rash on his inner hindleg, this is the second time he has had this rash, the first time was right after memorial day. He was examined by his vet who concluded it was most likely some type of allergic rash, or maybe ringworm. She treated him with a steroid injection and an antibiotic injection. His rash cleared up in a couple of days, my other cat and my dog both never got the rash. His symptoms include small red splotches and hair loss in an isolated area (the same spot both times) approx 1.5in in diameter and excessive licking . Today, I discovered for the first time he is urinating outside of the litter box, however I had been suspicious of this for awhile. I bought fragrance and dye free litter today with thoughts it may be an allergy to that. His food and environment have not changed, he is strictly indoors, UTD on all shots, 10 month old male neutered kitten.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Litter allergy should always be considered when there is a rash present on the inside of the thighs or abdomen, you should ensure that you thoroughly bathe Franklin to remove any dust when you’ve changed the litter. However if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian to determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Poopey
domestic short hair
6 Years
Mild condition
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My cat has been having sneeze attacks last few months and now has mucus coming out when he sneezing and can hear him trouble breathing when he's sleeping like his chest is congested it started when I switched his paper litter to clay litter I switched back to his paper litter a month and a half ago but he is not getting better I've tried immune booster treats but he won't eat them is it a respiratory ? But he's not around a
Other animals and doesn't go outside so Idk how he would catch it. Is there a medication over the counter I could try before I bring him in?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since he seems to not be getting better with the things that you have tried, it would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, determine if he has allergies, or an infection, or a nasal polyp, and get him treatment so that he is more comfortable. I hope that he does well.

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Gypsy
short hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Bloody mucas
Runny Nose

Medication Used

antibiotics

I adopted a cat perfectly health and within a week or 2 she had developed a watery eye and bloody mucas clogging only 1 nostril. This is only in one side of her face and she has tried 3 antibiotics. The recent wave of antibiotics got rid of the blood in mucas unless that was coincidental timing. This has been ongoing for 3 months with no answer, is the litter a possible cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A litter allergy may result in watery eyes and some nasal discharge among other symptoms but we wouldn’t expect the symptoms to be as severe as this; if there is no overall improvement I would recommend having a culture and sensitivity test done to determine whether there is an antibiotic resistant infection and which antibiotic the infection is susceptible to. Also, it may be worth looking at litter in the meantime and using a different product from newspaper or other source. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr. Pickles
Tuxedo cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Hello my cat has some scabs under his neck and on the top of his neck. I feel llike it's an allergy. Could it be because of the new cat litter? Or because he's allergic to dust? I mention the dust because he's recently found a hole up in the box spring mattress and I know it's dusty under there and didn't know if he possibly is getting a dust allergy. Or could it be because of his food he eats fussie cat market fresh. I also even thought it may be that his nails were too long and he was scratching himself around the neck.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Common reasons for scabs on theskin include fleas, bacterial infections, and allergies, of which fleas and environmental allergies are most common. it would be best to have Mr. Pickles examined by a veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment to help with his itching and scabs.

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Hunter
Domestic shorthair
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My kitten of 12 weeks has been sneezing a lot, it has just started happening. I just adopted him 4 days ago. He is playing, drinking water, sleeping, eating and using the bathroom just fine. I took him to the vet earlier today and she said everything looks fine, but later tonight he starting sneezing more.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that your kitten is allergic to something in your home which may be due to the litter or something else; a new environment can cause some respiratory symptoms in animals when they are initially introduced there but should clear up on their own. Try changing things like litter and other things to see if this makes an improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno
Dlh
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Sneeze

My cat has been sneezing with discharge for over a year. He has been to the vet, gets antibiotics that help while on them, but within a week of stopping them, the sneezing with discharge starts again. I don't think he has allergy testing done. He is fine & acting normal other then the sneezing and discharge. We have 4 other cats, all fine, all indoor. 1 is his brother from birth, no issues.

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Esme
Cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Scabs on head and itching

My 3 year old cat gets small bumps on her head and the next thing I know she has attacked them and ends up with open wounds. Normally a treatment of steroid tablets from the vets helps but this time she just keeps getting new patches of sores all around her head.Ive changed her food to a special diet to help but I know this will take a long time to see a difference. The only thing I can think that is different to cause such a reaction, is I've started mixing standard cat litter with a crystal litter to make it smell less and last longer. Could this be my issue?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Esme is allergic to that litter, it may be causing a flare-up of her allergies. Without seeing her, I can't really comment on what might be going on, but if the litter is a new thing, it would be worth going back to the original litter and see if her problems improve. I hope that she is okay.

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Scarf
Russian Blue
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

I recently switched to Arm and Hammer Slide litter, because it is less dusty and smells better. My male cat, a year and a half, was using it fine for 2-3 weeks but then his lip started swelling. I assumed it was an allergy but my female cat, 13, has no symptoms. Is it possible the allergy is just the litter or something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible for Scarf to be allergic to anything new or old in your home, allergy in one cat doesn’t mean the other cat will be allergic too; try to think of other changes which may cause allergies for Scarf (new detergents, treats etc…). If the problem continues, change the litter back to see if there is a change; normally we would expect to see contact allergy on the paws as well but not in every case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Summer
Minx
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching hair loss
Itching , hair loss on tail and legs

Medication Used

Nothing

I recently picked up a different cat litter which is not the normal litter I use. My cat has been constantly itching all over. Today I noticed a little scab on her back, hair missing from her tail and her legs. Can someone please tell me what this can be ?

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Nugget
short hair
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

I think my cat is allergic to a window seat we bought as she began to develop patches of bald spots with reddness in various places including the inside of her legs, neck, paws, and the outside of her legs. If I remove the window seat how long would it to see an improvement in her skin? We already switches her to hypoallergenic food over 1 month ago and have not seen improvement.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Once you remove the window seat, it is important to thoroughly bathe Nugget to remove any residue from the skin/fur; it may take a few weeks (two to four) to start seeing improvement but monitor each day and see how it goes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Black cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

3rd eye lid showing

Callie's 3rd eyelid is showing. I noticed it about 2 days ago, she is acting normal, playing, eating and drinking fine.
About 2 weeks ago, her litter was changed to accommodate my other cat. The litter is fragran Ed so much that it makes the house smell like it. Is it possible that she's allergic to the litter/fragrance of the litter.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a cat to show their third eyelid which may include irritation from chemicals, small foreign objects, trauma, infections among other causes; flush the eye gently with some sterile saline to remove any possible debris and monitor. If there is no improvement try changing the litter to something less fragranced to rule it out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
moggy
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing
Thirsty
1 running nostril
1 running eye

Hi, about 2 weeks ago, my 8yo cat developed one slightly wet eye which ran a little bit, then one nostril started to run. Shortly after that, she had an awful coughing/sneezing fit, and I took her to the Vets. They treated with antibiotics for respiratory infection, for a week which ends tomorrow. There has only been a very slight improvement during the antibiotics, which have been stopped today because of stomach upset. She is allergic and taking Atopica for life. I am now wondering if this could be a cat-litter issue (I have occasionally noticed white dust in her nose). A gentle press between her eyes causes several sneezes, and her nose seems semi blocked, causing occasional mouth-breathing when asleep. The litter I use is Catsan Hygiene Plus which is non-clumping. The Vet is talking about giving her a general anaesthetic tomorrow to make more investigations. I would like to avoid this if at all possible. Any suggestions, please!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It might be worth changing cat litter to see if there is an improvement before having further diagnostics for Sammy. It may or may not make a difference, but it is certainly worth trying to see if it helps.

Thanks Dr. Do you think a course of anti-inflammatory tablets would help before further diagnostics, along with a change in cat litter?

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Mr Bo Jangles
medium haired tabby
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

scooting

My 2 year old cat, Mr Bo Jangles, scoots. This began almost immediately after neutering. I took him to the veterinarian after his post neuter check up. They checked him and said everything looks fine. Since his adoption from the veterinary hospital, he has become very aggressive when i take him in, to the point where they say it is impossible to examine him with out sedation. He eats a holistic diet from Fussie Cat with no grains or byproducts and a digestive aid from Vets Best. We use Arm and Hammer kitty litter. is it possible that he is allergic to the baking soda in his litter? Would a coconut litter be better?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that is happening with Bo Jangles. Since he is so hard to examine, and your veterinarian has seen him and determined that there isn't a physical problem, it might be worth a try switching to a different litter - it is unlikely that he is reacting to the litter, but possible, and it makes sense to try and rule that out as a cause.

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Shadow and Luna
Bombay and grey/brindle tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

One of my cats is throwing up and it seems to be the litter but I'm not sure because it the paper pellets but that is the only new thing in they're life before it started happening. It says it has baking soda but when I first got them I used to out baking soda in their litter so I know thats not it that first one was also scented tho I can't be sure it the same sent so it could be that. It also says it post consumer paper. Should I just change it and see if they get better that way or should I take them to the Vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your cat is just vomiting and not in any pain or distress, change the litter back and look for improvements; if they are in pain or distress you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. You should also think to see if they may have consumed any non-food objects or anything else which may cause an obstruction. Keep an eye on them, but if you have concerns visit your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sami
Short hair domestic
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose

Medication Used

Neurontin
steroid shot

My cat scratches a lot (especially his ears). I’ve brought him to the vet and got a full work up. Labs came back fine. They don’t know what’s wrong. He sneezes, nose runs, over grooms, sometimes pulls out his hair. He shakes his head a lot. I need help. This is my baby.

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Flash
Unknown
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

excessive scratching, over groom
Excessive scratching

Medication Used

none

Our cat has been scratching, fur missing in spots, scabs for about 3/4 months I’ve been watching him and it’s getting worse at first I thought the kids took the scissors to him. But now that I think about it maybe it’s an allergy... I switched to the new slide litter about that time frame... but he’s also been vomiting I haven’t seen anything lately... for the last 2/3 weeks and he seems to always be hungry ( goes after my kids plates after they get up) we’ve been watching him and monitoring how much he’s eating. Maybe I need to change his food? Our other cat doesn’t have any signs like he does. They are from the same litter and are kept indoors. Anything you can tell me would be helpful!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Excessive itching and overgrooming may be due to allergies and if you noticed a change after switching to the new litter, that may be the cause; however you need to keep in mind that there are many possible allergens which may be from the environment or from the food and cats may even develop allergies to food or environmental sources over time. You could try switching the litter back and then bathing Flash in a mild hypoallergenic shampoo and monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement after two or three weeks you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mork
domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

White discharge from eyes
Puffy eyes
Coughing

Medication Used

Lysine
Fluconazole for ringworm

My 6 month old kitten has had ringworm for a month. He also had been diagnosed with pneumonia and was treated with antibiotics. He was doing well until two days ago I noticed him coughing a bit and gagging when eating. And he sounds stuffed up, has white eye discharge and under his eyes is a bit puffy. I recently changed his cat litter, it has a fragrance so I am thinking that could be it. Should I switch back to the old litter? His symptoms are worrying me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the symptoms correlate with the change in litter, I would change the litter back to the old type and to give Mork a thorough bath to remove any residue of the new fragrant litter. If there is no improvement over a few days you should visit your Veterinarian to look at other possible causes including infections, other allergies etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carbon
Bengal
4-5 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello my cat, Carbon is 4 years old and she recently has been developing bald patches in the neck area(so far 2) they are not big but are definitely noticeable. We recently switched her little and she uses it fine but could that be where the source of the problem is? She also grooms quite frequently lately. And has been scratching her left ear often now she has little bumps in the area. Could this be a litter allergy or mites?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is highly suggestive of litter allergies if the symptoms presented after switching litter; you can try switching back to the old litter and bathing Carbon to see if there is any improvement in the scratching. If there is no improvement, other possible causes may include infections, allergies, parasites, bites among other causes; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rupert
British short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Wheezing
Heavy Breathing

I think my cat may have an allergy. I was worried it was cat flu but he seems to have some of the symptoms above. He is not being himself and is just lying in the bedroom not wanting to eat or play.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can be affected by bacterial or fungal infections, allergies, or viral diseases. If Rupert is not eating or playing, he should be seen by a veterinarian to be examined so that he can get supportive care while he starts to get over this, and get any treatment that he may need.

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Ninja
Sphynx
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dark spots

I have a sphynx cat and he recently developed large dark spots on his stomach and sides. The only thing I can think of is it might be from me changing his litter from fragrance free to one that contains a fragrance. Could this be an allergy or from sitting out in the sun too much?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This sounds like it could be a litter allergy, the easiest way to check this would be to change the litter back to the old type and to bathe Ninja to remove any residue of the litter from the fur and skin; monitor for improvement but it may take a week or so to see improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dilly
Mix
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

I adopted a sheltered cat. 8months old. Within 12days (After initial vet appointment) he developed ear infections and severe itching. Hair loss at site and minor bleeding. I gave him ear drops from the vet for over a week. Fast forward Month 2, after a few vet appointments, he has hair loss on both ears. No infection. No fungus, no ticks, fleas, or mites. Itching continues. Food and litter has been switched to vet brands just in case of allergy, now he is itching again not as extreme but hair loss on both ears is increasing. He was in a cone between vet visits and loss minor hair with cone on. He was given steroid shots for itching however within 3days he was itching again.

I’ve sunk a lot of money into this little guy. Just want him to be healthy

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Dilly, I'm not sure that I can offer much insight into what might be going on with him, but it may be worth treating him for Demodex, if that hasn't already been considered. If he has been treated for Demodex, it may be worth seeing a dermatology specialist, as his signs don't seem to be normal allergies. I hope that you are able to figure out what is going on with him, and make him healthy.

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Taz
Russian Blue
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rash

Can't seem to find our cat's problem. He goes through this sporadically. He scratches and grooms himself to the point that he has bald spots. He has a rash all over himself small bumps. We have done everything we can think of, use Blue Basics grain-free turkey food, use stainless steel bowls and clean them often,don't use any fragrances in the house or laundry, dust and vacuum regularly, use an air cleaner and humidifier, he is completely indoors, no other pets.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Taz is having these problems. It is possible for animals (and people) to have environmental allergies to things in their outside environment even if they don't go outside, as allergens are often airborne, and you can't keep the outside air from getting inside. Cats can also be allergic to fleas, and may have contact with the occasional flea even if you don't see fleas on him all the time. If he isn't on flea prevention every month, that would be a good idea, and having him examined by his veterinarian might be able to help narrow down whether this is an allergic problem, or if there is something else wrong with his skin, as there are also parasites and skin diseases that can cause these signs. If you and your veterinarian decide that allergies are likely, you can discuss flea control, and anti-histamine therapy, if it is appropriate, to give him some relief. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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