Allergy in cats
Food allergies with cats
Like dogs, cats are prone to allergies. The causes of allergies in cats are much the same as in dogs. The clinical manifestations are mainly cutaneous. Does your cat suddenly become particularly sensitive to its usual food, sheds its hair, develops rashes, suffers from digestion problems or vomiting? These symptoms can have many causes. If your cat is allergic or suffers from food intolerances, it is absolutely necessary to avoid ingredients containing allergens and adapt to its specific needs, for example by turning to a sensitive cat food. We suggest you learn more about cat allergies.
What causes cat allergies?
There are 4 main types of allergies in dogs and cats:
- Flea Allergy Dermatitis (DAPP)
- Food Allergy
- Atopic dermatitis (AD): still poorly known in cats, unlike AD in dogs.
- Contact dermatitis
DAPP is common in cats, the other three types of allergies are rare.
Asthma in cats is also thought to be allergic in origin, as in humans. The allergens responsible are pollens, dust mites, human dander, parasites or cigarette smoke.
It's often long and difficult to diagnose an allergy in cats, and you've probably already seen the labels on some cat food lines that say "sensitive cat". These types of cat food are particularly suitable for sensitive cats. But how can you tell if a cat is sensitive?
For millions of years, cats have been eating products that came mainly from hunting. Thus, the cat's diet consisted of natural nutrients, such as muscle meat, offal, possibly a few plants from the stomach contents of prey or even a few bones. Preservatives and sugar were therefore not part of their diet. With the success of today's ready-made pet food, such as kibbles or cans, feeding your cat has become as easy as pie.
However, in order for cat food to keep for months, certain additions are made during the manufacturing process. If it used to be mice and small birds, it is now meat from turkey, beef or other large animals that end up in our cats' bowls. However, our little hunters are not used to eating the meat of these animals! Most felines have no difficulty digesting these types of meat. However, there are exceptions: it is possible that sensitive cats suffer from food allergies. Therefore, they cannot tolerate conventional kibbles and cans.
Cats can only consume a small proportion of carbohydrates. As carnivores, cats need protein, which is their main source of energy. Carbohydrates and vegetable carbohydrates were not present in their original diet. It is precisely these substances that affect the cat's body and cause food allergies to sensitive cats. Nevertheless, for obvious production reasons, cat food consists of a high proportion of vegetable matter. The majority of cats can tolerate them very well, even if many of them are allergic to cereals. Moreover, soy is a well-known allergen in cats!
Entoma develops food for sensitive cats
To cope with allergies Entoma has developed 100% natural food based on insect protein.
The composition of Entoma's food, based on insects and grain-free, reduces the risk of allergies caused by processed products because the insects do not contain the common allergens found in most industrial food. In addition, insect protein is a new protein that is not usually consumed by the animal. This novelty significantly reduces the risk of allergies related to this protein. Our food are also good for cats' coats.
Indeed, the recipe contains agents such as brewer's yeast or flax seeds known to give shine and shine to your cat's coat. Entoma's Spayed and Neutered Adult Cat Food recipe is a complete nutritional solution based on delicious insect proteins in line with our values: 100% natural, cereal-free, rich in Omega 3 and 6, hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly.
How do I find out which ingredient my cat is allergic to? Don't panic! Even if your cat reacts very sensitively to its usual food, you can always continue to feed it ready-made cat food. The most important thing is to find the trigger for her allergy in order to avoid these ingredients in the future.
The easiest way to do this is by elimination, following an exclusion diet. To follow such a diet, your cat should only eat meat that he has never eaten before and therefore has never caused him an allergy. Little by little, you can reintroduce foods your cat is familiar with, such as potatoes, rice, cereals, etc. During the six to eight weeks of the diet, the symptoms should fade. If the symptoms return, it means your cat has eaten the allergenic ingredient. This way, you'll eventually find out what your sensitive cat is allergic to.