Food allergies can begin with subtle symptoms that are easy to miss. This can be especially problematic in the case of pets who can’t talk about how they feel. Food allergies with cats, just as with humans, may have symptoms such as vomiting, loose bowels and general weakness. It may be tempting to think your cat has another kind of illness rather than a food allergy, because unlike a human, your cat can’t let you know that they feel sick after they eat a certain kind of food. If you see any irregularity in eating or signs your cat is sick, take your cat immediately to a veterinarian.
There are several ways to avoid food allergies in cats. One way is to give your cat pretty much the same kind of food every day. This doesn’t have to be difficult, because cats, unlike people, do not need a balanced diet. Cats are made to consume mainly meat and some carbohydrates. They do not need other kinds of foods, so there is no need to supplement their diet beyond the wet or dry food they eat every day. If you do change your cat’s food, observe him or her for signs of discomfort. You can feel it is pretty likely to be a food allergy, because there has been a change in your cat’s diet.
Another way to prevent your cat from experiencing food allergies is to closely monitor what your cat eats. Do not let your cat eat human food. This is a common mistake, because many people think it is fine for cats to eat raw meat and fish because the cat’s food is made out of these items. Food in its raw form is not as good for felines as the food that is produced for them.
Aside from nausea, bowel problems and gastrointestinal disturbance, another common and overlooked symptom of food allergies is skin irritation. It may be easy to miss skin problems in cats under any circumstances, because a cat’s fur makes it hard to see the skin. It is easy to think that cat acne or rashes are the result of mites or fungus, but in some cases, it might be because your cat is allergic to his food. If you have given your cat a new kind of food recently, or if you think your cat might have eaten something in your kitchen, your kitty might be suffering from a food allergy if he or she is showing signs of ill health, skin irritation or itching.
The surest way to determine that your cat does indeed have a food allergy is if the cat is given special high-protein food for a month prescribed by your veterinarian and eats no other foods or treats. If the symptoms go away, you can be sure that your cat was allergic to its food. This may be time to try another kind of processed cat food or your vet might tell you it is best to give your cat homemade food. This requires some effort, but the work will pay off with a healthy, happy cat.