The Hidden Triggers: Identifying Common but Unnoticed Allergens Affecting Your Cat’s Health

If your cat is constantly licking, biting, and itching a lot, it could be a sign they’re suffering from allergies. But you might not realize what they’re allergic to – and it could be something you’d never even considered.

Laundry Detergent – Clothing

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Many laundry detergents can cause allergies – even those advertised as a natural option! So if you’re wearing clothes that have been washed in a detergent your cat can’t handle, you’re going to make them have a reaction every time you cuddle them.

Laundry Detergent – Bedding

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Laundry detergent is one of the worst causes of allergies because of how much of your home is washed using it – including bedding. Your cat may be getting a reaction just by laying on a blanket.

Laundry Detergent – Surfaces

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Do you wash mopheads and clothes using your detergent? Then every surface you clean in your home could become an allergen for your cat! Switching laundry detergents can have a significant impact on your kitty’s health.

Cleaning Products

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Many cleaning products use chemicals that trigger allergic reactions. Monitor your kitty – are their reactions worse when you’ve cleaned your home?


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There are many different foods that cats can be intolerant to, even those that most cats are perfectly fine with. If your cat is vomiting and having problems after eating, check with your veterinarian to test for foods they may be allergic to.

Pollen and Grass

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Just like humans, cats can have allergic reactions to pollen in the air. Grass and flowers can also spark a reaction, so be careful with outdoor time if your cat is suffering.


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Dust can be a trigger for cat allergies. If your cat has allergic reactions around your home, ensure surfaces stay dust-free.

Certain Cat Litters

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Some cat litters give off dust, and this can also cause your cat to suffer from allergies. Try switching to a dust-free litter to see if that helps.

Flea Bites

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Fleas are never good for kitties, but your cat can be allergic to bites, too, making the reaction even worse.

Signs of Allergies

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Some common signs of cat allergies include sneezing, coughing, itching, running eyes, vomiting, sensitive paws, excessive licking, and signs of red or dry skin. If you notice these, your cat may be allergic to something in your home.

Treatment Options

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Depending on how severe your cat’s reaction is, you may need to explore treatment options with your veterinarian. This could include antihistamines or cortisone steroids to help your cat get through their reactions with minimal symptoms.

Finding Suitable Replacements

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Prevention is always better than a cure, so if you can identify your cat’s allergy trigger, try removing it. For detergents and cleaning products, aim to find a non-allergenic natural replacement. For dust, pollen, and other airborne triggers, consider getting an air purifier to help make the home kinder on your cat.

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Loved this, Jenny honey! <3

    Big hugs, lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle <3

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