Food allergies are caused by a reaction to a specific ingredient, which is usually a protein. It is referred to as an ‘adverse reaction to food,’ it can be defined as an abnormal response to a food or food additive. Food allergies in cats are not age related which simply means that it can happen to any cat regardless of the age, thus we need to have a closer look at our feline to know when the below symptoms are found
Common symptoms of cat food allergies
Itchy skin or increased scratching.
Itchy, runny eyes.
Itchy ears and ear infections.
Red, inflamed skin.
Snoring as a result of inflamed throat.
Cats can actually get allergies which is a common problem, there are many things your cat can be allergic to, including; environmental allergies, inhaling allergies and food allergies.
Cats can be allergic to the food they eat, there are many things you could do to control or manage this, if your cat has allergy one of the simplest things to do is to change the food, in order to see if that would help control the problem. Nowadays there are many pet food available on the market.
How do you know the one to choose for your cat?
Don’t worry, that is what I’m going to show you right away, basically there are two main categories of limited allergy or hypoallergenic food, one category is the novel protein category (buy at amazon), what that means is that these foods contains a protein or a carbohydrate that is unique compared to over the counter random food, the other category of foods are the hydrolyzed protein foods (buy at amazon) what these foods actually do is take the protein and break it down very small that the body doesn’t recognize it as allergen. This type of food is available only by prescription by your vet. When it comes with going with either of these foods, you should do it very slowly, the only thing you should keep in mind is that it will definitely take a lot of patience to see this work, it should take at least a minimum of eight to twelve weeks to see if the food actually made your cat more comfortable. Another thing to keep note of is that during the food trial period you should never give her anything else other than the prescribed food, once you have found the food that works for your cat, you can as well keep them on that diet for long.
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