Cat Nutrition Guide | Cat Food Allergy Information

Cat food allergies are stressful for any feline and cat owner, especially as symptoms such as itchy skin, scaling and hair loss are so irritable. Let’s get to grips with the causes and solutions to food allergies to put you and your cat at ease.

What are the symptoms?

The main culprits are beef, lamb, dairy and whitefish, with the immune system sometimes reacting badly to these proteins. After fleas and environmental triggers (such as grass), food allergies are the greatest cause of sore and itchy skin. They’re difficult to detect as many cat owners misdiagnose the allergy as a food intolerance – but they more commonly present with symptoms such as diarrhoea.

How to treat allergies…

Most vets will recommend a 7-day-switch. This is when the old food and the new food are mixed over the period of a week. The ratio of old food to new food is gradually altered until there is none of the old food in the mix. It’s also worth looking into going grain-free or trying a Limited Ingredient Diet.

Here are some other tips that could be worth a try:

  • Your vet can prescribe a Veterinary Diet food, such as those from the Royal Canin or Hill’s Prescription range
  • Avoid any foods containing the common culprits: beef, dairy chicken or wheat
  • Don’t feed anything from your own plate, no matter how much you love to spoil your feline!

Strangely, most allergies occur over time after a cat has been eating the same ingredients or food from the same brand again and again.

Whilst we’re all wired to be wary of additives, so far there’s no actual proof that these are to blame for any intolerances. Even so, we’re always huge fans of a natural diet. To be sure that your food features no nasties, opt for something from our Lily’s Kitchen, Applaws, or Arden Grange ranges. These foods are extra-particular when it comes to nothing nasty making the ingredients list.