Recognizing feed allergies: staying power is required
Identifying an allergy to certain food proteins in cats is usually difficult and time-consuming. Because the symptoms are not very specific and can also be triggered by many other diseases.
Therefore, the veterinarian usually first performs a so-called diagnosis of exclusion through. This means that other possible causes of the skin and gastrointestinal complaints are clarified, such as parasites or fungi and bacterial infections. A blood test provides information about deficiency symptoms or metabolic diseases.
If the suspicion of a feed allergy persists, a so-called Exclusion or elimination diet provide clarity in consultation with the veterinarian. You feed your cat meat or grains that it has not eaten before, such as ostrich or horse meat, for at least six to eight weeks. Important: During the test, treats or a bowl of milk are taboo – they would falsify the result. If the problems go away, it is very likely that the food is the cause. To be absolutely sure, you can put back the old food and see if the symptoms return (provocation test). A allergy test can help to identify the triggering allergen. In and of itself, however, a feed allergy cannot be identified.
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