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Food allergy in cats: what to do?


A food allergy in cats can occur very suddenly and unpredictably. Miez's favorite food can suddenly become an allergy trigger. If your velvet paw suffers from intolerance, there are a few things you should consider. It is important that you find out together with the veterinarian what the cat is allergic to. Food allergy in cats: what to do? - Photo: Shutterstock / Laborant

Signs of a food allergy in cats

The symptoms of a food allergy can manifest themselves in two different ways: either in the gastrointestinal tract or through the skin. Some velvet paws vomit or have diarrhea after eating something intolerable to them. Other cats get an itchy rash and keep scratching themselves. Even asthma can be a sign of a food allergy in cats. All of these symptoms sometimes appear immediately, but sometimes only days after eating, making the allergy difficult to classify.

It can also be food that your cat has eaten easily for years. In principle, such allergies arise out of nothing. They are also likely to be inheritable. So you have a good chance of a premonition if you know your kitten's parents.

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Causes of a food allergy in cats

A feed allergy is usually due to an overreaction of the immune system. Proteins in the feed trigger this overreaction, rarely other substances such as preservatives or thickeners. The cat then forms antibodies against the actually harmless cat food. The result of a food allergy that arises in this way are various reactions of the cat, which cause the symptoms mentioned above. Not all causes of such an overreaction have yet been fully clarified.

Treatment of feed intolerance

First of all, you need to find out what your darling is allergic to. The best thing to do is to see a veterinarian who will support you. He will first prescribe hypoallergenic food that you give your cat until all signs of an allergy disappear - this may take a few weeks, depending on the case. Allergy-stimulating substances in the hypoallergenic feed are completely destroyed, so your velvet paw does not react to them. When all symptoms have subsided, certain protein suppliers are gradually fed.

Make sure you follow the veterinarian's instructions. If your cat gets allergy symptoms again, you've probably found the culprit. From now on, your cat must avoid the substance that it is allergic to. Since allergies occur more and more often, there is now special food for many intolerances.