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Q: Food for a Cat with Allergies

March 9, 2009 | By Barb T. | 3 answers | Expired: 2007 days ago

Barb T.

What's the most likely food ingredient to cause problems for a cat with food allergies?

I've dealt with dogs with allergies, but now our tabby, Scamper, is losing fur on her butt and the Vet says it's probably allergies she has developed as she aged (she's almost 9). Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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jamie d.
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Mar 09, 2009

This happened to my friends cat and it ended up not being a food allergy... they scratch themselves alot on the edges of furniture etc... It could be a new cleaning product that youre using to clean your dining room table or upholstery on your couch. ... just a thought .. hope it helps.

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Andi C.
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Mar 09, 2009

A lot of cats are allergic to plastic. Could be rubbing against the litter box. Have you tried changing the food - check if fish is one of the ingredients.

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Kelly
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Mar 09, 2009

I've had a couple with allergies. One looses his hair & licks constantly. Another looses his hair & his mouth swells. For cats the top allergy-causing foods are fish, milk, beef, wheat, chicken, corn, & eggs. It might not be food & could be a contact allergy. Cats are prone to allergies to plastic, wool, & even grass (or more likely what we put on grass). We replaced all plastic bowls with ceramic & stainless steel. Also they can be allergic to many kitty litters, so if you've changed litter, that could be the culprit. Cats usually developed food allergies to foods they've eaten regularly so, in theory, giving them foods they're not used to eating should prevent it. For example, Natural Balance has a couple of allergy formulas that are duck & green pea and venison & green pea. Petguard has venison & rice, EVO has 95% meat in duck & venison varieties. I'm sure there are other companies out there as well. It would probably take about 8 weeks of just eating these foods to see improvement. There are also prescription foods that you can get from the vet. If you wanted to know exactly what she was allergic to, you would have to remove all allergy-causing things from her diet for several weeks & them reintroduce them individually to see what she reacts too. We chose just to change our kitties' diets where we could, of course we had some on prescription doets for other issues so they remain on their diets. Good luck.

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