Cat food allergy
A cat food allergy will make your cat not only itch or have irritated skin but it might also cause some gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting in cats or cat diarrhea. Check out this important information you should take into consideration before feeding your cat.
What is a cat food allergy?
A cat food allergy is usually defined as an intolerance to a particular cat food or food additive. It is usually a protein and its most common sign is an abnormal response of the body to such food or food additive.
Generally, there are two types of adverse reactions: food allergies per se refers to the condition where the immune system is involved. Food intolerances are those where other components besides the immune system are involved.
How do I know if my pet has cat food allergy?
The most visible signs of an adverse reaction include vomiting, diarrhea, irritated skin, and hair loss. In cats, skin irritation and upset stomach are the most common.
Check for the following signs if you suspect that your cat is suffering food allergies:
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Incessant flatulence
- Chronic ear problems
- Poor growth in younger cats
- Red and inflamed skin
- Sneezing, wheezing, or coughing
It is important to note that some symptoms of food allergies are more complex and even resemble those by other conditions. This is why it is important that you tell your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms.
Some common food allergies in cats
If you have confirmed that your cat indeed is suffering an allergy to his cat food, then you should change it and find one that will not affect your cat. The most common foods that cause adverse reactions in cats include:
- Corn products
- artificial coloring
- Meat byproducts
- Dairy products
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