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How do I know if my cat has allergies?
If your cat suffers from an allergy, his behavior will quickly alert you. The animal begins to scratch in a prolonged and intense way, which can cause scabs and loss of hair. The cat may also bite its skin to try to relieve itself, and redness appears on its body. Bacteria take advantage of this to penetrate the lesions, which leads to infections, pustules and new scabs.
A cat with an allergy can also change character. He becomes aggressive, and no longer supports caresses or the slightest contact.
In addition, allergies in cats can also cause eating disorders. The animal vomits or does not eat at all. Some also suffer from diarrhea and bloating.
If you observe any of these symptoms in your little feline, make an appointment with your veterinarian quickly!
What are the consequences of an allergic reaction in cats?
During an allergic reaction, the cat’s body reacts abnormally against substances that are harmless to it. These substances are antigens or allergens and it is their confrontation with the antibodies that causes the reaction.
All breeds of cats are likely to be affected one day by a cat allergy.
The allergic reaction can manifest itself in different ways and lead to several consequences. Immediate hypersensitivity is the most common and manifests itself very quickly. A few seconds or a few minutes after ingesting the allergen, cats can suffer from itching or allergic asthma, for example.
As for cytotoxic hypersensitivity, it causes consequences after a few hours. There is also delayed hypersensitivity which manifests itself after a few days.
If the cat has an allergic reaction after flea bites, this can manifest as violent itching all over the body. Food allergies also cause this type of itching, as well as diarrhea and vomiting.
Do hypoallergenic kibbles provide complete nutrition for the cat?
Anti-allergy cat kibbles are just as complete and balanced as conventional food. No risk of deficiency with this type of food! On the contrary, they can truly change the life of your animal. He will no longer suffer from itching, diarrhea or vomiting after eating!
In general, a balanced cat diet consists of protein, which represents between 30 and 40% of the ration. There are also amino acids, lipids (no more than 11%), carbohydrates, vitamins, fibres, essential fatty acids and mineral salts.
Of course, if your cat suffers from particular ailments, such as joint pain or anxiety, you can give him special food supplements to combat these problems.
What are the differences between hypoallergenic and anallergenic croquettes?
It is necessary to make the difference between hypoallergenic croquettes and allergenic croquettes. The first are low allergenic croquettes. The prefix “hypo” comes from the Greek and means “under”. This type of cat food therefore contains allergenic proteins, but these have been modified in order to display a low molecular weight. These proteins undergo transformation via a hydrolyzation processor: this means that the peptide bonds between the different molecules are cut.
However, if your animal is particularly sensitive to these proteins, it is preferable to opt for anallergenic kibbles. This time, the privative prefix “a”, also from the Greek, means “without”. There are therefore no allergenic molecules at all in this type of food. Proteins undergo an even more powerful hydrolysis process than for hypoallergenic kibbles.
How to give kibble against allergies to your cat?
Remember that cats, unlike dogs, need to eat small amounts several times a day. Indeed, they have a very short intestine. You can therefore leave the kibble against allergies in self-service, so that the animal can come and help itself when it wants.
Be careful, you should not make too sudden a change in diet, especially with a cat with a difficult digestion. Proceed in stages, in order to make a smooth transition.
When choosing kibble against allergies, check their composition carefully to ensure that they are sufficiently balanced. If you wish, you can opt for kibbles with a particular texture, which are very effective in cleaning your little feline’s teeth and promoting good oral hygiene (thus avoiding halitosis).