What Are Food Allergies in Cats

While any cat can develop food allergies, Siamese and Devon Rex breeds seem genetically prone towards hypersensitivities causing reactions.  

Genetic Predisposition  

Beef, dairy products, fish, chicken eggs, corn, wheat and soy ingredients prove the most frequent dietary allergen sources in cats.  

Most Common Culprits   

Cat food allergies manifest through itchy skin, excessive grooming, vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory symptoms like wheezing or sneezing flair ups.

Respiratory Signs

Diagnosing triggering ingredients involves an 8 week elimination diet trial followed by individual reintroductions to pinpoint specific intolerant components.

Diagnosis Process  

Successfully managing feline food allergies relies on sticking to formulated limited protein, limited ingredient prescription or over-the-counter cat foods long term.

Hypoallergenic Cat Food

Avoid all supplements, treats or people food which likely contain troublesome proteins or additives undermining allergen avoidance success.  

No Supplements

Keep assessing skin/coat condition for positive improvements signaling control of allergies and effectiveness of the specialized diet.

Monitor Skin & Coat

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