After decreasing your cat’s exposure to allergens, the next step will be to reduce the allergy and itch.
You can easily make a moderately effective topical cat allergy skin treatment at home by mixing together 1⁄2 vinegar and 1⁄2 water, and either spray or dab it onto the allergic areas on your cat’s skin.
Or, Genesis spray is a topical steroidal spray prescription available via your veterinarian to curtail itching.
Allergy Treatment Steps:
- Decrease allergen exposure
- Flea control
- Dietary changes
- Treat all secondary infections
- Treat bacterial infections with antibiotics
- Treat yeast infections with antifungals
- Treat ear infections with regular cleaning and proper medication
- Reduce allergy and itch
- Vinegar/Water Spray
- Genesis Spray
- Oral Steroids
- Cyclosporine Therapy (Atopica)
- Stops T-lymphocytes from stimulating the allergic reaction
Alternative and Holistic Options to Treat Allergies
The following are some of your options:
- Herbs (Including alfalfa, burdock, dandelion root, licorice root, nettle, red clover, and spirulina)
- Relaxation Therapy
- Therapeutic Massage
- Room Ionizer
- Orthomolecular Therapy
Sometimes veterinarians misdiagnose food allergies as skin allergies because both types of allergy symptoms may be the same–itching, scratching, and licking.
Many cats are allergic to plastic food bowls.
If your cat experiences allergy symptoms (especially around the mouth) try metal, glass or ceramic food and water dishes instead of plastic.
A tell-tale sign of food allergies is vomiting.
Besides vomiting, other common clinical signs of food allergies include:
- Flaky skin
- Dry skin
- Weight loss
Some veterinarians might call food allergies “food intolerance.”
However, there is a difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy.
A food intolerance is a chemical reaction inside the body, while a food allergy is an immune response.
Food allergies and skin allergies often display the same symptoms, making diagnosing food allergies somewhat difficult.
For example, skin conditions can often be reflective of food allergies or atopy.
But if your cat has skin issues and vomits after eating, then most likely your cat has food allergies.
Most cats don’t vomit with only skin or breathing allergies.
However, cats often have allergies not only to food but also other things in their environment.
Treat Food Allergies With A Hypoallergenic Diet
If you think your cat might have food allergies, you should try a hypoallergenic diet for at least four weeks.
Switching food can be tough with cats, because cats can be finicky and picky!
We recommend a homemade diet made up mostly of a single protein source, free from additives and preservatives, never before eaten by your cat.
Some examples are:
- A diet of all turkey or chicken
- A diet of lamb baby food
- Baby food rice cereal
You can feed any of the above diets to your cat for a short period of time without worrying about a nutritional deficiency.
Try one of the above choices for four weeks and see what happens. If your cat’s symptoms start to go away. Guess what?
Your cat has food allergies.
Ok, so my cat has food allergies. Then, what should I do?
If you experienced a positive response from the diet trial, then your cat will benefit from staying on a limited ingredient diet.
You have a few feeding options.
You can feed your cat a home cooked diet.
Just make sure you get professional help to make sure the diet is nutritionally balanced. Or, you can try feeding your cat prepackaged limited ingredient diets.
The prepackaged diet may eliminate some allergy causing ingredients.
Another choice is switching to a different commercial diet.
The change of food alone may eliminate allergy producing ingredients.
Your veterinarian or a specialty pet food store can help you find a variety of prepackaged limited ingredient and low antigen diet formulas.
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