Feline Asthma: Your Cat May Be Allergic To You
We’ve all heard of people being allergic to cats, but it’s not common knowledge that cats can also be allergic to people. Our perfumes, candles, cleaners, cigarette smoke, and other common household products can trigger feline asthma, a common allergic respiratory disease. Cats can also be allergic to dust, trees and pollens, mold and mildew, or even human dandruff.
About one in one hundred cats worldwide suffer from asthma. Young cats under the age of five are more likely to develop asthma, as are oriental breeds like the Siamese. Like asthmatic humans, cats with the disease wheeze, cough, and struggle to breathe. They may lose their appetite and become lethargic and withdrawn. The symptoms are often mistaken for hairballs, or on occasion for heartworm-related respiratory disease, pneumonia or congestive heart failure.
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