Cat with Allergies; How to Deal with Them
Taking care of your cats may be joyful activities at home since these feline friends are lovely pets. All you want to give is the best cat supplies and equipment. But when dealing with cat foods, you should be extra careful. Cat with allergies may need a special choice of foods otherwise they could get a problem. If your cat have food allergy, examine the diet of the cat’s needs.
Inhalation allergies (such as seasonal pollens), cat fleas, and sarcoptic mange (scabies) usually irritate some Cats. But a cat with allergies to certain foods is one of the itchiest sufferings. The general lower quality of the food ingredients or food colorings may cause this kind of allergy. Also, a recent diet change of a cat can also be the cause.
Please note that it is easy to confuse allergy symptoms with the cat flea reaction. Therefore, if you are not sure what your cat is suffering from, you should first eliminate all the fleas if he/she has any. If the irritation continues after this, it means that your cat has some allergies.
Before the diagnosis of food allergy, several factors must be considered. Your cat’s hair usually should be unkempt because he/she keeps scratching itself a lot. Also, the cat’s skin should be crusty and the cat can have ear infections. All these are the signs of a cat having a food allergy. Cats with allergies to certain foods usually have similar symptoms with other cats which have flea reactions and sarcoptic mange. However, food allergies are a form of atopy. Atopy means being irritated in some parts of the body which do not make contact with the allergen. It is very important to determine if the atopy is inhalation related or food-related. Atopic dermatitis can be caused also by dust mites, dust, and pollens which have similar effects with cat food allergies.
You can adjust your cat’s diet after dismissing those other potential irritants by giving hypoallergenic food trial. In this trial, you feed your cat for four to eight weeks to see whether the foods make allergic reactions or not. If you find that certain brands of foods do not produce any allergic reactions to your cat in the period, you can adopt that food as your cat’s regular diet. There is also the advice to feed your cat with cooked food at home. You can also do the hypoallergenic food trial by feeding cooked fish, chicken, turkey, herring, or tofu.
You can also purchase specialized foods that would help you determine that your cat with allergies or not. These specialized products of cat foods are available if you want to search on the Internet. This is to determine which foods work well and mix-up your cat’s diet, and which doesn’t work well.
If you have an idea to lengthen the trial, this may be a good idea. You can continue to consider more whether that is a fresh round of scabies or inhalant allergy. You have to be sure that you feed your cat only the foods that they should take. By giving proper trial and error and having a lot of patience, you can determine the best cat food diet and your cat with allergies will be healthier.
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