6. Rosser EJ: Food allergy in the cat: a prospective study of 13 cats. In , Ihrke PJ, Mason I, White SD (eds), 33-39, 1993
Fish and seafood are common ingredients in food and treats that are formulated with cats in mind. For cats who develop an allergy to this food, it can cause an uncomfortable skin condition.
Thank you for this post, it’s so true and more people need to know about this. That cat’s bodies aren’t ment to digest cooked process highly transformed chicken (as well as all the other crap in kibbled food) or even denaturalyzed chicken (meat used in hypoallergenic food).
Clinical presentations of food allergy in cats include:
These foods are the most common causes of food allergy in cats:
No sex predilection has been reported for food allergy in dogs or cats. In some studies, no breed predilection was noted. In contrast, two studies found that certain dog breeds may have a risk for the development of food allergy: Reported concurrent gastrointestinal (GI) signs among dogs with cutaneous signs of food allergy are rare; it is unknown if this is due to a true dearth of GI signs or if in fact changes in the stool of these dogs were relatively subtle and/or were not noted or volunteered by the owners while obtaining the history. However, a recent report documented 20 dogs with both pruritus and GI signs typical of colitis: fecal mucus, fecal blood, tenesmus and increased fecal frequency. Both cutaneous and GI signs resolved upon feeding the dogs an elimination diet. Lymphocytic-plasmacytic colitis has been linked to food allergy in cats and cheetahs.The most common clinical sign of food allergy is non-seasonal pruritus, which is usually generalized. Pruritus may also be primarily directed at the feetor ears. Very rarely, food allergic dogs with skin lesions but without pruritus have been reported. The most common primary dermatologic lesions are papules and erythema;common secondary lesions are epidermal collarettes (usually indicating a pyoderma) pyotraumatic dermatitis (hot spots) hyperpigmentation,and seborrhea. Clinical signs of food allergy have been reported in Cocker Spaniels identical to the idiopathic seborrhea associated with that breed. Food allergy as the underlying cause of idiopathic onychodystrophy (misshapen, splitting claws [nails]) has been reported in two dogs. Food allergy in cats may present as pruritus of the head and face, milliary dermatitis, or one of the manifestations of the eosinophilic granuloma complex.Food allergy is an uncommon problem in cats and it can start at any age. A change in diet is not necessary for development of food allergy. About 70 percent of affected pets develop allergies to food ingredients that they have been fed for a long time, usually more than two years. In fact, if your cat has an immediate adverse reaction to a new food, it is probably not an allergic reaction, because it takes more than one exposure to produce an allergic reaction. Food ingredients most commonly responsible for allergies are beef, chicken, fish, eggs and milk. The tendency to develop allergies is genetically determined. For more information on pet food, see our article on .