Food Allergies and Cats

Did you know that cat food allergies represent roughly 10% of all the allergies in cats and 57% of the causes for itching and scratching? Food allergies are actually quite common among cats. They can sometimes manifest as young as five months old; other times they can take years to develop. Odds are your kitty won’t purr her way up to you at the dinner table and let you know what you are feeding him or her is making them sick.

The most common feline allergies to food are

  • Beef
  • Corn
  • Dairy products
  • Lamb
  • Seafood
  • Soy
  • Wheat gluten

You may not always associate the symptoms with an allergy so it is important to know what to look for. If your cat is allergic to her food, the signs will be pretty clear to tell. You will notice any or all of the following:

  • Scabs around her face and neck
  • Flaky or dry skin
  • Excessive scratching
  • Chewing on her limbs
  • Hair loss (oozing bald patches)
  • Changed toilet habits

Typically the diagnosis will include ruling out all other conditions that result in the same symptoms. After all other forms are ruled out your vet will like start a food trial. The purpose of a food trial is to determine what is causing the allergy.

During the food trial you will need to follow the veterinarian’s instructions carefully and make sure your cat does not ingest anything else. This means no treats, toys, etc. You want to be very diligent during the food study so you can identify the allergen and help your cat overcome it.

If you have multiple cats you will also want to make sure you have a separate litter box used by the cat being tested. Keep an eye out to make sure none of the other cats use this. Once you have gone through the food trial your vet should be able to identify what your cat is allergic to so you can start to find the right cat food for your cat’s allergy.

3 thoughts on “Food Allergies and Cats”

  1. Hi, Roxy!

    Obviously the article was written by a skeptic, too! We humans often say that we should “go with our gut” or “follow your heart.” For me, what that really means is to get quiet, get “out of my mind,” and go inside for the answers. When I do, I’m usually surprised by the answers.

    It’s the same process to communicate with animals, too. Get my rational mind out of the way, and I can get some interesting information from them. For instance, that’s how I know what kind of flower essence remedy you needed to help you travel in the car without getting anxious. It’s how I knew Keetna’s blood sugar was too low or too high. It’s how I could tell that a client’s dog (without ever meeting her or her pet) that the dog had a limp in his left back leg. (That was pretty cool .)

    If we humans believe that we’re all connected somehow – Spirit, energy, or whatever – then it’s a short leap to know that the same force works between species, too.

    Scratches and paw rubs to you, Roxy poo -

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