Like dogs, our feline friends can experience atopic dermatitis. Allergy to flea bites is the most common cause together with environmental allergy.
Cat allergy symptoms
Common symptoms in allergic cats are itchy skin, asthma / respiratory symptoms, acne, sneezing, watery eyes, ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. If your cat is already suffering from asthma, environmental allergy often worsens the discomfort. Feline atopy is under-diagnosed, because a common symptom of atopic dermatitis in many cats is over-grooming, which is mistaken for normal behavior or anxiety.
Eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC)
Eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC) in cats is present when a cat has an underlying flea allergy or atopy. This is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by lesions that tend to occur around the mucocutaneous regions (oral cavity, eyes) or footpads. EGC lesions may include ulcers, raw, thickened skin or granulomas infiltrated with high number of eosinophils.