Food allergy in cats and cats

Food allergies in cats and cats are not uncommon these days. As practice shows, your pets often face the same diseases that we humans do.

At its core, it is an immune response to certain foods or dietary ingredients: processes in the gastric tract lead to increased sensitivity and the production of biologically active substances of histamine.

According to statistics, most cases of the disease occur in the second or sixth year of a pet's life, but it can manifest itself already at the age of 5 months. Often there is a hereditary predisposition. Despite the fact that breeders convince us that certain animals are prone to allergies to a greater or lesser extent, scientists have not been able to confirm this hypothesis and establish the relationship between the development of this disease and the breed, sex or fact of sterilization.

What can cause allergies?

What can cause a cat food allergy? Like people, your furry companions are unique, and what is absolutely harmless to one animal can cause a very strong reaction in another. Nevertheless, in veterinary practice, you can highlight some products that are most often the culprits of the poor health of your wards, including chicken, soy and cereal.

In addition, dairy products, beef and other ingredients are at risk. There are also reverse cases when a cat or dog has a pronounced allergy to all types of animal protein except fish.

The reasonsEffects
Poor feed qualityThe composition of inexpensive diets, as a rule, is generously "enriched" with carnivorous cereals, corn, and preservatives harmful to the digestion.
Prohibited ProductsNo matter how patiently the cat looks, hypnotizing your meal with a look, and no matter how hard the dog asks you for a piece of the chocolate bar that you grabbed for tea, there will definitely be no human benefit from these "benefits". Show courage and do not succumb to provocations that can harm your smaller brothers.
Mixed foodUnfortunately, many owners of eared tricks go this "slippery path" in an effort to diversify the dry menu of the pet canned food or natural products. Unfortunately, this approach is fraught not only with the manifestation of allergies, but also with digestive upset or more serious consequences.

As a rule, an allergic reaction appears precisely on ingredients that are constantly present in the animal’s diet, and not on those that have been recently introduced.

Symptoms and treatment of food allergies in cats

The first symptom of food allergies in cats can be considered the appearance of skin itching and rashes, localized on the face, ears, legs and even in the groin. In animals with this diagnosis, discharge from the eyes, nose and the appearance of ear infections can be observed. Another signal is excessive sweating, which can be determined by wetting the hair in the armpits. An allergy should be distinguished from food intolerance, a sign of which is diarrhea and nausea.

How to treat a food allergy in a cat? First of all, it is necessary to establish what type of allergy you have to fight: in addition to food, you can deal with a reaction to parasite bites or to substances from the environment. Of course, if you are sure that a product is to blame for everything, your first impulse will be a change in feed. Do not rush. All modern diets consist of many components, which means that an exacerbation of the disease could cause any of them, and not the main meat ingredient, for example.

Seek help from a veterinarian who can help determine the exact cause of the disease and conduct a series of tests to rule out diseases with similar symptoms, and then prescribe the necessary treatment for your unfortunate friend. Do not self-medicate!


It is difficult to unequivocally answer this question, because, perhaps, no one is safe from allergies. The most significant thing you can do is take care of the diet of your domestic predator. By nature, carnivores require a large amount of protein and a variety of meat ingredients.

The content of simple carbohydrates, on the contrary, will not benefit your pet. When choosing dry food, remember that the composition should not contain soy, corn, cereals, as well as preservatives, flavor enhancers and dyes. Fortunately for caring owners, Canadian specialists have developed bio-matching formulas for cats and dogs that meet the natural needs of tailed households that are sensitive to certain foods.

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