Allergies, which is when the immune system reacts to a normally harmless foreign substance in an irregular way, come in many different forms.
Seasonal allergies, which we tend to refer to as hay fever, are reactions that happen during certain times of the year.
They are most often caused by three types of pollen – grass pollen, tree pollen, and weed pollen.
These environmental allergens are completely innocuous to cats unless they have seasonal allergies, in which case, their immune system will treat the pollen as an invader, and launch an attack.
Tree and grass pollen season occurs in spring and summer, with levels generally highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels tend to peak in the morning.
Keeping pollen away from cats is no easy task.
As felines explore the garden and their surrounding neighborhood, they will no doubt come into contact with the powdery substance. Even indoor cats might be prone to an exploration!
For many, these encounters will pass without incident. However, for some, it may lead to a reaction.