Hypoallergenic Cat Food

Hypoallergenic Cat Food

Cat allergies that are food-related require a diet of hypoallergenic cat food.

This special kind of food contains no fillers like rice, wheat, soy, beet pulp or corn commonly found in canned and dry cat food.

Protein sources come from low-allergen meats like fish, lamb, venison and duck and very little to no artificial preservatives are included in the food to prevent any possibility of an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an
Allergic Reaction in Cats

Itching and excessive scratching are the two primary symptoms of a food allergy in cats.

Related conditions are ear infections, gas, hair loss and miliary dermatitis, or "feline eczema", an inflammatory disease that causes skin lesions resembling crusty, red millet seeds, hence the name "miliary" dermatitis. Fleas, mites, lice and fungal infections can also produce episodes of miliary dermatitis.

Cats develop allergies to food ingredients when they become sensitized to certain agents in a particular kind of food.

Through a process of antibody responses occurring in a cat's intestines, the body reacts much in the same manner a human body reacts during an allergic reaction.

Veterinarians report that foods, which initiate an allergic reaction within a cat, are foods that a cat most often consumes.

Moreover, allergies tend to develop in felines when they are between two and six years of age.

Food Intolerance versus Food Allergy

While food allergies in cat's causes itching, dermatitis and hair loss, a cat with food intolerance reactions may vomit or have diarrhea 10 to 24 hours following ingestion of the suspect food.

Removing the food from the cat's diet will remove the symptoms of food intolerance.

Benefits of Hypoallergenic Cat Food

In addition to relieving a cat of intense itching and dermatitis lesions, hypoallergenic food made with all natural ingredients is closest to the kind of raw "meat and bones" food that ancestors of domestic cats evolved to eat and digest.

Cats that regularly eat manufactured canned and dry food may develop meat allergies due to processing practices performed by the manufacturer.

Cat owners often report that their cat is allergic to chicken flavored food but are not allergic to raw chicken.

Where to Purchase
Hypoallergenic Cat Food

Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Turkey Pate Recipe Canned Cat Food 5.5-oz can 24-count

Cat owners can buy Castor & Pollux Organix dry cat food from Pet Food Direct website. This food is certified organic, contains no fillers, wheat, beet pulp, or corn and is made primarily with organic, free-range chicken products.

A new kind of cat food for sensitive cats called Addiction is made in New Zealand and sold at Pet Food Direct.

Addiction contains no preservatives, by-products or fillers but is unique in that its ingredients consist of game meats and novel proteins rather than the usual lamb, chicken or beef often found in natural cat food.

Examples of Addiction cat food types include herbed duck and sweet potatoes, black forest rabbit and blueberries and turkey with hunter's venison stew.

Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food 4-lb bag

Raw Foods

Because the most common culprits of a cat food allergy (soy, corn, wheat, colorings and fillers) are ingredients found in popular cat food brands, any kind of fresh, unprocessed meat that you give your cat should counteract the allergic reaction.

If you suspect your cat is suffering from a "canned" food allergy, stop feeding him the food and prepare his next few meals from scratch.

Buy several organically packaged chicken breasts, grind them in a meat grinder (bones, skin and all) and feed this to your cat.

For variety, grind two or three turkey legs and give your cat a mixture of fresh chicken and turkey.

However, if your cat's allergy symptoms do not subside after two or three days of feeding him hypoallergenic cat food, take the cat to a veterinarian to receive a full checkup.

Allergy symptoms may indicate the presence of another, more serious autoimmune disorder not related to food.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Hypoallergenic HP Dry Cat Food 17.6-lb bag

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