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Licking area alot, possibly food related?

tigger cattigger cat Member Posts: 23
edited 5 June, 2009 in Food & Nutrition
My cat Tigger had been licking both his hind legs off & on for a few months causing hair loss. Took him in & they gave him an antibiotic shot & another to reduce swelling 6 months ago. It resurfaced again recently and 3 weeks ago they gave him the same 2 shots again and it went away really fast, but just started again, licking the area again . The vet said it could be an allergic reaction to the food he is eating. We used to feed our cats Felidae but they refused to eat it once they changed the formula. So they have been on Wellness indoor cat formula since. Vet said we might want to try a food that is an Hypoallergenic food. What are some good ones? Are there test to do before jumping right into these foods? Thanks for any help.


  • Cecilia CretaroloCecilia Cretarolo PortlandMember Posts: 267
    edited 3 June, 2009
    Can you get him off of the dry food? The most common allergens for cats are plant based so all dry foods should be taken out of consideration. Look into 95% meat wet foods like those from EVO and Nature's Variety. If you must feed a dry food, look into Natural Balance Duck and Pea. it's a much higher quality food than any of the other hypoallergenic foods on the market. IMHO, the most ideal hypoallergenic diet you could feed is a home made raw diet. With home made raw, you know exactly what's going into your cat and how it affects them. By feeding raw, I found out that Calypso has a extreme allergy or intolerance to any form of beef. Since my oldest ferret also can't eat beef, I just don't buy it anymore. Raw takes a lot more effort than most people are willing to put in so I completely understand if that's not an option.
  • Kerri ZimmermanKerri Zimmerman WinnipegMember Posts: 448
    edited 3 June, 2009
    Yes - he most definately could be allergic to something in the food you are feeding him. It is really hard to know with commercial pet food b/c of all the ingredients in them. Many cats seem to be allergic to chicken, pork or beef. What type of litter do you use? He may be allergic to his litter?? My cat has been over licking and sratching himself for a while now. At first I was thinking it may be his food but now I am thinking it may be his cat litter I switched too....World's Best Cat litter" is so dusty!!!
  • BROOKE LOWRYBROOKE LOWRY TampaMember Posts: 6,037
    edited 4 June, 2009
    I second Calypso\'s suggestion. No more dry food! It\'s amazing how many problems can be eliminated or prevented by putting cats on a species appropriate diet (either quality canned or raw). Dry food is not species appropriate, and that fact will manifest itself in all sorts of ways (itchiness, poor hair coat, cats getting too heavy, or too thin, etc.), not to mention FLUTD and more. So no more dry food, and I\'d try a canned food that is grain free and contains no fish.
  • tigger cattigger cat Member Posts: 23
    edited 5 June, 2009
    What is FLUTD?
  • BROOKE LOWRYBROOKE LOWRY TampaMember Posts: 6,037
    edited 5 June, 2009
    Sorry, Tigger. It stands for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.
  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 5 June, 2009
    Tigger :-h Ditto what everyone else said. :D I sent you an invite to the Cats with Allergies group.
  • Lacey KingstonLacey Kingston WilmingtonMember Posts: 7,527
    edited 5 June, 2009
    Heya, Hobie has major allergies and an overactive immune system. We've put him on Natural Balance LID duck & green pea. We feed half dry and half wet. We also have switched to an unscented cat litter. Both of these changes has helped his allergies tremendously. Natural Balance and California Natural both make low allergen formulas with fewer ingredients, so a reaction is less likely. I'd try one of these foods. Hope that helps, good luck!
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