Cats make marvelous companions. It is so easy to become attached to them, but it can be heartbreaking when they become ill. It isn’t uncommon for your feline friend to have cat food allergies.
It’s common for cats, or any pet for that matter, to have a food intolerance. There are various causes for this. Maybe digesting their food is a problem.
This begs the question, how do you handle this?
Cat Food Allergies
When a cat first show signs that it has developed a food allergy, it is hard to know what is wrong with them. They scratch themselves to the point of scratching off their fur and they develop skin problems.
It is best to consult your veterinarian when you notice something is wrong. To an untrained eye, there would be confusion as to what is wrong. Is it an allergy or intolerance to some kind of food substance?
Change the Diet
If it is a food intolerance, they vomit heavily and cry in so much pain. It is quite scary for you and no doubt for the poor cat as well.
The good news is that both are easy to deal with. All that is required is to find out what food is causing them problems and do a simple change in their diet.
Is your cat’s itching caused by food or some reaction the skin is having to something your cat may have touch? The best way of knowing would be if the scratching does not stop with antihistamines or steroid treatments.
Consult a Veterinarian
A veterinarian would be the best at making the distinction as to what the problem is. Vets are able to easily identify allergies in cats.
They will rule out flea bites, yeast infections and atopy. Once they are ruled out, trial an error on the food begins. Your vet will tell you what foods to try.
Many of these foods you can get at the larger food stores, although some of them you will have to buy from your vet. No table scraps (which you should not give them anyways) and no cat treats.
Follow the vets instructions exactly to help you furry friend.
No More Cat Food Allergies?
If this stops the problem, after 3 months, give you cat a little of their original food. This way you know for sure that this was the problem. If the problem comes back return to and keep the up with the new diet.
You can make homemade food for your cat, but this can be even more costly than what you get from the vet. That is a discussion and decision you have to make with your vet.
The overall goal here is to help your cat out. They cannot tell you when there is something wrong or what is wrong . You have to try and diagnosis what is wrong by knowing your cat.
Once you have discovered what is wrong, the solution is easy and, while you cat may not be happy about the new diet at first, it will all work out.