Allergy and Food Intolerance in Cats

If you suffer from allergies, then you will know that allergies can make you feel miserable and treating the symptoms only brings temporary relief.  Identifying the cause is of paramount importance in the successful prevention of these debilitating symptoms.

Spare a moment to consider that pets and more particularly cats, suffer from allergies too and they aren’t able to tell you what is wrong, what is making them sick and what makes them feel better.

If your cat is regularly vomiting, has diarrhea, irritated skin, a poor coat condition or hair loss, then they may have a food allergy.

Food allergies can develop very slowly over a period of months or even years so even if you have been feeding the same food, without the introduction of any new foods, they can become allergic to it or a particular component of that food. Once they become allergic to something they will always remain allergic to that food.

Protein sources like meat which often makes up the majority of a cat’s diet, are commonly the cause of many allergic reactions.  By removing this protein source from your cat’s diet for a short period of time you will be able to monitor their vomiting and diarrhoea and see if their condition improves.  Other protein sources such as eggs, duck, lamb and fish can then be introduced gradually to replace the offending protein.

If your cat is still showing symptoms of protein allergy it may be necessary to consider one of the specially broken down proteins provided in a specialist diet cat food available at most good veterinary practices.  Your Veterinarian will be able to discuss the best diet options with you and also help relieve some of the symptoms associated with a protein allergy.