The best cat food for allergies
The best cat food for allergies
Is your cat looking a little more like the cat who got the sniffles, as opposed to the cream? If so, then they very well may be suffering from an allergy. What you might not know, however, is that it may very well be their food causing these symptoms. Parcelpet discusses everything from the cause of your cat’s upset to the best cat food for allergies.
Ok, so sniffles alone won’t diagnose an allergy to their food, so we’ve provided you with a nifty list of symptoms to look out for:
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- The ‘sniffles’ (sneezing, excessive coughing, wheezing etc)
- Runny/itchy eyes
- An itchy bum (itching in this area suggests a flea allergy)
- Itchy ears
- Sore skin with excessive scratching
- Snoring (caused by an inflamed throat)
- Lack of usual cattitude ie they’re simply not themselves.
If your cat is experiencing the symptoms above or even just one symptom chronically, then this would suggest that they are indeed suffering from an allergy. Of course, treating symptoms is a lot easier if you can work out what is causing them.
Allergies can be caused by a number of environmental factors as well as dietary factors.
- Fleas. Whilst you might not be able to find any immediate evidence to suggest that your cat has been bitten by a flea, if they are persistently scratching then there is a good chance that this is why. If this is the case, seek expert veterinary advice.
- Pollen. Just like us humans suffer from hay fever, cats can be allergic to pollen. If you suspect that your cat is allergic to pollen, then they may be more suited to an indoor lifestyle.
- Household allergens. Household allergens can be anything from dust to the washing up detergent you use on your jumper that your cat loves snugging into. Keep your cat’s environment safe by only using products which are safe for animals.
- Shampoo, conditioner and perfumes. Spritzing your cat should be all about making them look and feel great – make sure that the products you are using are hypoallergenic and free from nasty chemicals.
- Drug treatment. It seems ironic that something that is designed to help your cat may be causing allergens, however, this is not uncommon. If your cat has started experiencing these symptoms after taking a new medication, consult your vet.
- Corn gluten meal
- Wheat (and wheat gluten)
- Artificial preservatives (colouring, flavourings and genetically modified ingredients)
Any one of the above may be present in your cat’s current diet, and therefore could be causing an allergic reaction. The best cat food for allergies therefore should not contain any of the ingredients above.
So, what to do if your cat is suffering from an allergy? Again, the actions you take may vary depending on the cause of your cat’s allergy. However, Parcelpet recommends following the instructions below to ensure that no new allergies crop up whilst providing your cat with the best pet care possible.
Best food for cats with allergies
No dairy, no corn, no soya, no seafood, no wheat and no artificial preservatives… But, what should I feed my cat?
The best food for cats should not only be null of any of the ingredients listed above, but it should be packed full of all the good stuff. We’re talking plant extracts and plenty of vitamins to high meat content which can easily be digested. Keep reading for more cat food advice.
Presenting… Hypoallergenic cat food
Hypoallergenic is basically a fancy word for ‘free from allergens’. Whilst there are many hypoallergenic cat food brands out there, you’d be surprised at the number of recipes which contain the common allergens listed above. That’s why we always recommend reading up on the food you are planning on giving to your cat.
For cats with a specific allergy to grain, then have no fear, because there is also the option of grain free cat food. The only difference between this type of food and hypoallergenic food is that potential irritants, such as potato and rice, will not be present in any good recipes. Sweet potato is a common replacement for grain and is super delicious too!
Solutions for environmental factors
Introducing your cat to hypoallergenic food will do nothing but good for your pet, however, there may be environmental factors causing your cats allergies.
The best thing you can do to avoid your cat being bitten by fleas is controlling the environment as best you can. Of course, the easiest solution is keeping your cat indoors, but we recognise that this does not suit every cat owner.
If your cat is indeed an outdoor cat, then keeping your garden as safe as possible (through regular mowing) is key.
Keeping the indoor environment is important to. Vacuuming floors and keeping furniture (including your cats bed) clean is another vital step to preventing fleas.
Grooming is golden
Similarly, regular grooming is a good measure to take against fleas and other causes of allergies. Using hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner is key. Heck, the last thing you want is for you to be causing your cat’s allergies! Likewise, regular grooming can provide relief from allergies caused by other factors, and if all else fails, allows you to monitor your cat’s health closely.
There are many solutions when it comes to cats with allergies, it’s all about establishing a cause and following cat care best practise at all times. By doing this, you can guarantee that your cat will live a long and happy life, allergy free.
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