Do you have an itchy cat, even when it’s not flea season and there’s not a flea in sight? Does your kitty have dandruff or dry skin? Some cats get extra oily skin from food allergies. Others develop little pustules on their chins or the base of their tail. Some cats throw up more often or will have runny stools. If your cat is suffering from any of these, it may be a food intolerance. The first thing you should always do is check with your vet, as any or all of these could be signs of a more serious condition. Once you’ve ruled those out, take a look at your cat’s diet to find the culprit.
So you think your dog has food allergies? Let’s take a look at your food. The most common food ingredients responsible for allergies are chicken, beef, dairy, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, soy, and grains (e.g. wheat, whey). Corn and wheat are often used as cheap fillers in pet foods.
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So you suspect your feline might have a cat food allergy. Most food allergies in pets are actually a food intolerance. The vast majority of cat foods offer only two sources of protein, chicken and fish. Some brands of cat food also use cheap fillers which can make allergies worse. Cats can have a hard time digesting grains such as corn or wheat, causing them to have allergy-like symptoms.
Cats like to be clean. Did you know that cats spend up to 50% of their day cleaning themselves? That’s a lot of cleaning! If your cat is excessively cleaning themselves to the point of losing hair, this could be a sign that your cat food needs a change.