If your cat suffers seasonal allergies and you want to use natural remedies instead of steroids or medications, there are several options available that can help your kitty. Seasonal allergies can cause sinus inflammation, sneezing, coughing, excessive mucous, runny eyes, yeast infections, and skin irritations like rashes and hot spots. These natural remedies can fight those symptoms while avoiding the potentially harmful side effects of many medications. You should discuss them with your vet before making any changes. Here are ten natural remedies for cats that can help provide relief from seasonal allergies.
1. Fish Oil
Fish oil can be added to your cat’s food, and it’s an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 helps keep the skin’s immunity boosted and reduces secondary infections. Omega-3 is also an anti-inflammatory that can reduce itching and hot spots. Do not use cod liver oil, as it is too high in vitamin A and D for your cat.
Quercetin is a bioflavanoid, or plant pigment found in many fruits and vegetables, that has a lot of benefits for cats. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antihistamine properties make it great for fighting allergies. Quercetin is often called “nature’s Benedryl” because it suppresses histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies. It can also inhibit bronchial constriction that causes coughing.
3. Bromelain And Papain
Bromelain and papain are natural enzymes found in pineapples and papayas, respectively. They are often used along with quercetin because they help the body absorb quercetin more quickly. These enzymes also suppress histamines that cause inflammation and allergy symptoms. Bromelain and papain can reduce inflammation from irritated mucous membranes and body parts along with providing some pain relief.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid that fights the production of yeast, which can be a cause of inflammation. The oil has antioxidant properties that prevent cell damage and help repair itchy or dry skin. It can be used topically as it is non-toxic if your cat decides to lick it, and you may want to put some in your cat’s food to help maintain a healthy coat and skin.
Chamomile contains apigenin, which acts like aspirin in that it inhibits chemicals that produce inflammation. It also works as a mild antiseptic that can kill yeast and bacteria, and it helps promote healing of open wounds if your cat has scratched or chewed too much. It should be brewed, cooled, and used as a topical spray. If your cat hates spray bottles, you can dip a comb and brush it in. A drop of vinegar can be added for an ear cleaner.
6. Cat’s Claw And Dandelion Root
Dandelion root contains natural cortisol, which can suppress the immune system response that causes itching from allergies, much like medical steroids. Dandelion root helps with digestion and liver detoxification, and cat’s claw regulates immune system function. They can be brewed into a tea and applied topically to fight the itch.
Acidophilus is a good bacteria that helps regulate the immune and digestive systems. When these systems are in good shape, cats are less likely to develop allergies. If your cat has allergies already, acidophilus can help prevent them from getting worse. Acidophilus can come as a supplement or be found in certain yogurts.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and mild antibiotic properties that make it great for a wash that can remove irritants from your cat’s skin. In addition to removing allergens, it treats acne, fleas, and ringworm. It should be mixed with equal parts water, as it can be too strong for your cat’s skin undiluted, and applied with a paper towel to areas you wish to clean. It can also be used as an ear wash.
If it’s at all possible to get your cat in a bath tub, an oatmeal soak will provide quick relief from itches. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, and cats may feel instant relief upon soaking. The high mineral and vitamin content can also help skin heal, especially hot spots and irritated patches.
10. Licorice Root
Many cats love the taste of licorice root, and it is a natural cortisone that helps regulate the immune system in a similar way to a medicinal steroid. It soothes mucous membranes, detoxifies the liver, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice root has a host of other benefits for your cat and can soothe respiratory problems, digestive issues, and arthritis.
What other natural remedies help with your cat’s allergies? Have you tried any of these solutions? Let us know in the comments below!