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Help - my cat doesn’t like his hypoallergenic food

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Dalziel, Apr 7, 2021.


  1. Dalziel

    Dalziel Harlow

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    Recently my cat was itching and scratching his neck so bad that he was ripping his fur out causing open wounds which were getting infected :-(. After many trips to the vet, lots of steroids and antibiotics later I have discovered he was allergic to his food. I was advised to try him on Purina Hypoallergenic dry food which he has been on for 2 weeks, his skin has never looked better. All the cuts are healed and he has finally stopped clawing his skin to bits! However I can tell he has started not to like the new hypoallergenic food, he meows when he’s hungry but when it’s put down to him he doesn’t touch it until he has to and even still he eats it in bits always leaving leftovers when it’s time to get fed again. I am looking for some advice on what to try next as I don’t want him not enjoying his food however I don’t want to try him on anything he could have a reaction to again! Any help would be appreciated, thanks x
     
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    Emlar PetForums Member

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    My sister had this problem with her cat. Loved the food to start with, and then refused to eat it, went 3 days without food at one point. He's now on Atopica which helps with his allergies and means that he can eat any food and treats with no problem. Not sure if this is something that might benefit your cat?
     
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  3. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

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    There are lots of threads on this topic. Search the ones with IBD for ideas. Have you tried turkey?
     
  4. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    Many cats get bored when limited to only one food, and ideally you'll want to get him onto wet food rather than dry, as an all-dry diet can cause its own problems. If you can identify what it is that's causing the allergy, you can have more freedom to feed him a bit more variety while avoiding the allergen/s. This thread might be helpful: https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/elimination-diets.509821/
     
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  5. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

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    I missed he was on dry food.
    Bad move. I’d take him off that straight away.
     
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    urbantigers PetForums VIP

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    Have you tried an elimination diet to find out what specifically causes the problem? Might then be easier to find a variety of foods that you can feed. There’s a sticky about how to do an elimination diet that’s worth a look.
     
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  7. Dalziel

    Dalziel Harlow

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    I have had a read of this, seems very helpful but I can’t seem to source kangaroo meat from anywhere!! Will need to get something today as he’s refusing to eat this morning. Thank you
     
  8. Dalziel

    Dalziel Harlow

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    I haven’t tried turkey no. Which do you recommend?
     
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    pennycat PetForums Senior

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    Has he ever had rabbit? If not you could use that instead (I think... I’m sure somebody will correct me if I’m wrong). Much easier to find.
     
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    He hasn’t, which brand do you recommend and where can I purchase it from?
     
  11. Emlar

    Emlar PetForums Member

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    We've just bought some single source protein cans from Zooplus. We are trying the Feringa rabbit to start with. Might be worth a try?
     
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    pennycat PetForums Senior

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    I saw this:
    https://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/canned_cat_food_pouches/feringa_wet_cat_food/meat_menu/314353

    Which is meant to be good food. However it does say it contains parsnip - not sure if that means it’s not suitable for an elimination diet? I’ve never had to do one so hopefully somebody who knows more will be able to advise.

    If he’s never had something like venison I think you can use that too?
     
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    pennycat PetForums Senior

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    Ah I see somebody above has also recommended Feringa rabbit :) def worth a try!!
     
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  14. Dalziel

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    Perfect thanks so much :)
     
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    Atopica is a very strong drug that is not really suitable for use long term. Some friends of mine have a boy with food allergy. Steroids had no effect and eventually they tried an elimination diet but with Atopica which was gradually reduced as he improved. They sourced their kangaroo and other meats such as venison, rabbit etc from their local butcher. If you can do the same it avoids having to buy a large amount before you have discovered if he likes it and/or it agrees with him.

    Kiezebrink do these sorts of meat if you find he can tolerate them.
    https://www.kiezebrink.co.uk/category/210-paleo-ridge

    There are other sources but I would have to look up some of my advice from Chillminx.
     
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    This is my suggestion: search the historic threads on the following strings:

    - Kangaroo
    - Turkey
    - Rabbit

    but ensure your search includes this user @chillminx our dearly departed expert on all things feline. You will get a list of her posts dealing with these foods.
    Everyone on this forum will agree you can't go wrong with @chillminx or @Ceiling Kitty.
     
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    Oh no, I’ve just read chillminx’s post advising not to use rabbit :(

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