Feline Allergy


The following can be characterised as clinical signs associated with feline allergy:


Feline atopic disease is less well characterised than canine disease, and it is unclear whether or not it is inherited. The most common clinical signs are:

  • Pruritis
  • Facial excoriation
  • Otitis (with or without infection)
  • Miliary dermatitis
  • Eosinophilic granuloma complex lesions
  • Overgrooming
  • Persistent Licking
  • Alopecia


  • Chronic cough
  • Expiratory dyspnoea

There is increasing evidence to suggest that many cases of feline asthma are allergic in origin. You can find an update on feline asthma here.


  • Chronic and intermittent diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Eosinophilic enteritis is well recognised in the cat, and adverse food reactions are a common cause of this and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease

For more information on the clinical signs associated with feline allergy, please download our ‘Dog and Cat Allergies’ leaflet.


We can store blood, here at the lab, free of charge for 3 months. This enables you to send a sample when you first suspect allergy and the animal is fully symptomatic. You can then do the full work up and obtain test results safe in the knowledge no drugs, dietary restrictions or other treatments may have influenced the results. Send samples to us with the submission form clearly marked “for storage.”  Then if you would like to proceed with testing at any point, simply call us to upgrade your sample.


Serological tests can aid diagnosis and treatment selection in cases of atopic dermatitis by providing rapid and easy identification of potential offending allergens.

Although intradermal testing (IDT) was considered the “gold standard” for the diagnosis of allergic disease, recent data has suggested that the sensitivity and specificity of IDT vs serology is comparable1.

Furthermore, there are limitations to IDT such as; extensive patient preparation, sedation often being required and interpretation requiring both experience and expertise.

The ELISA technology has the following advantages: 

  • Quick and easy – serum sample sent to laboratory
  • Requires minimal patient preparation
  • No adverse reactions
  • No need for referral
  • Standardised procedure
  • Excellent reproducibility
  • Not influenced by existing skin pathologies or medications (see our allergy withdrawal guide)


Since 1999 we’ve been assisting companion animal veterinary surgeons with their diagnosis of allergies in dogs, cats and horses.

  • Our team of leading research and development scientists are highly regarded within the dermatology field, having submitted clinical papers and presented at successive World Congresses of Veterinary Dermatology since 2008. We work alongside leading figures and companies in veterinary dermatology.
  • SENSITEST® complete allergy tests use a monoclonal antibody to detect allergen-specific IgE antibodies, making SENSITEST® allergy tests very specific and reliable.
  • Tests are manufactured in our Yorkshire laboratory allowing for end to end control throughout the process with a specific focus on UK native species of plant allergens
  • Our knowledgeable, friendly Customer Service team are on hand to provide first-class tailored support and guidance throughout your allergy cases. Technical support is provided by a certified dermatologist.
  • Dedicated client support literature and website to inform your clients and aid compliance.
  • Personalised results packs sent out with every test.
  • Storage facility to hold samples free of charge for 3 months when you suspect allergy in your case workup, but are not ready for serological analysis.
  • Free pre-paid postal packs to send in your sample submissions.
  • Results provided within 2-8 days from receipt of sample.


Our result packs give clear and practical detailed guidance relevant to the tests selected. For example, the serological environmental allergy testing results include client support on how to avoid individual allergens.

In our cytology report we incorporate microscopy images from the actual sample submitted where ever possible.

Our aim is to make the results as user friendly, clinically relevant and client inclusive as possible, in order to maximise understanding and therefore compliance of whatever treatment option is appropriate.

  1. Favrot, C., Steffan, J., Seewald, W. & Picco, F. (2010). A prospective study on the clinical features of chronic canine atopic dermatitis and its diagnosis. Vet Dermatology, 21(1):23-31.

Test Submission Forms

To submit a test click below or contact technical support to request a submission box.