Food Allergies and Food Intolerances in Cats
Allergy, the famous “disease of the 21st century,” is found not only in humans, but also in pets. For example, itching and skin irritation in cats can be symptoms of food allergies or food intolerances. More about this in our article.
Food allergies and food intolerances are a violation of the digestion of a certain type of food due to a lack of enzymes or poor metabolism.
Food allergies in cats occur when an allergenic protein is found in food. And food intolerance can be a reaction to the amount of product.
How does food allergy and food intolerance manifest in cats?
Food Allergies in Cats: Symptoms
Food allergies are accompanied by all the “classic” signs: a rash and redness on the skin, itching, scratching, and sometimes bald patches.
Food Intolerance in Cats: Symptoms
Food intolerance is manifested by an upset gastrointestinal tract. In response to an unapproachable product, a cat develops diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, and vomiting. The skin remains in order.
Food Allergies in Cats
Causes of food allergies and food intolerances
Potentially allergenic components for a cat can provoke food allergies and food intolerances. First of all, these are:
– milk products,
– chicken, etc.
If the pet’s body does not respond well to any component, it must be excluded from the diet and replaced with another (so that the diet remains balanced).
Diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Only a veterinarian can diagnose a food allergy or intolerance in a cat. He will collect an anamnesis, examine the pet, conduct the necessary tests, exclude other diseases and prescribe treatment.
The difficulty in diagnosing food allergies is that many dermatological problems have similar symptoms. For example, food allergies and atopic dermatitis are equally manifested. To differentiate them, the veterinarian prescribes a new diet – a special diet that excludes potentially allergenic and difficult to digest components. Such diets have a hypoallergenic composition and support skin function. As an example, let’s take the Monge Vetsolution Dermatosis, a cereal-free veterinary medicine prescribed for food allergies, food intolerances, inflammatory skin diseases, chronic itching, and intestinal inflammation. How does she work?
– The functional Fit-aroma system creates a special approach to the treatment of dermatological diseases;
– superoxide dismutase prevents oxidative stress;
– xylo-oligosaccharides normalize the intestinal microflora.
The complex effect of the components of the composition promotes rapid regeneration of the skin and coat and enhances immunity.
Food Intolerance in Cats
The veterinarian selects a therapeutic diet. Based on the cat’s history and condition, he will suggest which components are more likely to cause a problem, and will recommend a food with a suitable ingredient composition. Depending on the cat’s reaction to the new diet, a decision will be made on its further diet.
It may take time to determine which product the cat’s body responds poorly to. But excluding this component from the diet, you will save your pet from food allergies and food intolerances.