How do I identify the food allergy causing a reaction in my cat?

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Food allergies can be irritating and uncomfortable for your cat. Recognizing the signs of a food allergy can help you to catch it in the early stages, and also help you to identify the types of allergens to which your cat is reacting. This will allow you to work closely with your veterinarian to find a suitable treatment plan for your feline.

Here are some common signs of a food allergy in your cat:

  • Itchy ears
  • Reoccurring ear infections
  • Itchy skin
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge from the eyes and nose

Once an allergy is suspected, there are several steps that a cat owner can take in order to identify the suspected allergen.

The cat should be offered only a low- or no-allergen cat food. Such foods are available from your vet, but are also often found at local pet stores. The foods should be free of grains and have duck or lamb as the primary protein source.

Once your cat seems stable and free from allergic reactions, you can start to include other ingredients into his diet. Introduce one ingredient at a time so that you can quickly recognize an allergic reaction when it occurs.

There are also blood and skin tests that your vet can run on your cat in order to determine all of the things that he‘s allergic to. These can often be costly, however, so research the financial commitment beforehand.

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