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Cat Food Allergies
and Cat Allergy Symptoms

Cat food allergies usually involve cat itching which is one of the main cat allergy symptoms.  Good quality cat food that is high protein cat food could be a way to help your cat itching problems.

Cat food allergies account for most of the cause of cat itching and scratching in cats.  And when your cat is suffering from cat allergy symptoms, there will be a lot of scratching - especially in the front part of its body.

Allergies to food can show up at any time, but the vast majority of cases will occur between 3 to 6 years of age.  To add to the confusion, cat food allergies are similar to those of other allergies seen in cats.  So, you will have to use your investigative skills to figure out where your cat allergy symptoms are coming from.

Quality Cat Food Means High Protein Cat Food

Quality cat food would require high protein cat food such as quality meats, fish, and poultry. 

And no toxic additives!

Also, quality cat food would be free of grains and soy.

Cat Allergy Symptoms

  • Excessive Scratching
  • Hair Loss
  • Sores and Crusty Skin
  • Excessive Licking
  • Rashes around Face and Ears
  • Vomiting & Diarrhea

Change Your Cat's Diet!

If you suspect that your cat is suffering from cat allergy symptoms related to its food, you can place your cat on a food elimination trial which can last between 8-12 weeks.

During this time, you are going to place your cat on a special diet with quality cat food.  Food that your cat has never had before such as rabbit, grass-fed meats, buffalo, duck, and "cat friendly" vegetables.

When the food elimination trial comes to an end and the cat allergy symptoms have cleared up - you may wish to know if your cat's original diet is what really created the cat allergy symptoms.

Cats often develop cat food allergies to ingredients found in commercial cat foods.

The top allergens are preservatives, chemicals such as MSG, wheat & gluten, corn, soy, pasteurized dairy, and "meat meal" or "meat by-products".

You can then give your cat its previous food and if after a short period of time the cat food allergies return - then it is safe to say that the original cat food was the cause of your cat allergy symptoms.

What is High Protein Cat Food?

If you're feeding your cat a homemade diet or purchase cat food it is important to ensure that your cat is receiving the correct nutrients in its diet.

Cats are carnivores and require a high protein cat food with ample amounts of the amino acid taurine. This usually means that raw animal foods must be given to your cat to ensure it gets enough of this amino acid.

Cooking food and even freezing food for too long destroys a lot of the nutrients that cats need and cannot make on their own.  However, if you are buying subpar or factory farmed meats for your cat - you may want to freeze it for a few days before serving.

Your cat is mainly a meat eater, so red meats, fish, poultry, organ meats, and meaty bones (raw bones) should make up most of your cat's high protein cat food.

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