August 10th, 2007, 09:51 AM
I have to admit the first few times the Vet said that our kitty might have allergies I was skeptical. But I really think he is right, especially now that the allergies have manifested themselves into small scabby bumps here and there on occassion. I'm wondering what I can do to help? Never seems to be really bothered by it other than occassional ear scratching (which has led, I believe, to a scab in one ear). Would once-monthly flea/tick treatment be of any help since we don't know what exactly it is that is causing the allergy (could it be bugs?!) And if it's environmental, is there anything we can do? Doesn't appear to need meds as the allergies appear to be mild -- looking for a more "natural" treatment of sorts
August 10th, 2007, 11:20 AM
Some non medical approaches to feline allergies might include fatty acid supplement (omega 3 and 6) and novel protein diets (protein that your cat has never seen before). Also hepa-filtration air purifier systems in the household and a reduction of air fresheners etc... :pawprint:
August 10th, 2007, 01:56 PM
Fagan has allergies, and they are controlled for now. The key is to narrow down what is causing them... I did this with a skin biopsy. And we used trial and error with the food once we had the flea allergy under control. Also there are a few good sites that list the top allergens for pets where beef, chicken, fish, dairy and grain topped the list.
I had all six of mine on a flea treatment program (and sprayed the house with VetChem spray.). And I found a food with no chicken (not even broth), fish or corn/wheat. ( You want to find a single source protein like just lamb or duck.) Oh and we were using corn litter and he showed a big improvement when we switched to wheat litter. (So corn may have been the big food one too.)
I also have him on a preventative holistic remedy, a mix suggested by my vet. I mix Hypericum (for the itchies), PBUR(skin), Complex SK(skin), Traumeel (helps with healing) and Rescue Remedy (for the stress) with water and give it to him morning and night, in a much smaller dosage than when he has the skin irritation. (1/2 syringe when all is well, full when he is irritated)
I know how frustrating it is, it took us over a year to get things back on track after his first bout. But now he is back to his old self, and has been free of symptoms for quite a while now.
It is however something that will return if he is subjected to the allergens again, so I just try to be vigilent about my cleaning routine and what food he is eating.
Here are the sites I found helpful (along with this one of coursehttp://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/winking/winking0016.gif (http://search.orange.co.uk/all?q=site%3Awww.arlingtonhotelgroup.co.uk+norfolk ))
And of course my vet went above and beyond by helping me choose a food that would help (even though I was switching from their brand)... and by taking excellent care of my little guy. (And giving us a break on some of the 30+ vet trips over the year!) :lovestruck:
August 10th, 2007, 07:32 PM
What are you feeding your cat now?