Cats often develop food allergies and most of the time this ingredient found in commercial cat food. Clinical tests of allergies in different cats, revealed the top food allergens to be: corn, wheat, chicken, fish, soy, yeast, potato, and dairy products. However, an allergy can develop to any protein to which the cat is repeatedly or constantly exposed.
The symptoms of food allergies are similar to those of most other allergies found in cats. Probably all of the symptoms of food allergy are typically either skin related or digestion related. Skin symptoms contain rashes all over the body, extreme licking, and red, itchy ears. Others, most of the time digestive situation falls in serious bad condition for food allergies. Vomiting and diarrhea are common in food allergies. These are similar to the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. The diagnosis for food allergies is very simple. But due to the fact that many other problems can cause same symptoms and that many times cats are suffering from more problems than just food allergies, it is very important that all other problems are correctly identified and treated prior to undergoing diagnosis for food allergies. So you must need to make a diagnosis of your cat from an animal medical centre when you find any of above symptoms.
Once you determine a positive diagnosis, then you must need to take proper step for the treatment of your cat as soon as possible. In this situation your first step should to be providing homemade food, if it ate commercial food. When the owner starts to feed the homemade diet, then he/she can periodically make a change in the food with new ingredients and determine which ingredients are causing the food allergy. Then he/she can remove those items from the routine of daily food of the cat. But always try to feed a variety of fresh foods, and avoid the suspected allergens. It is always essential that homemade food should be balanced, with correct amount of ingredients, vitamins, and minerals. Make the recipe simple, using a single source of protein and carbohydrate. For most of the cats a mix of 1/2 protein foods, 1/4 vegetables, and 1/4 complex carbohydrates works well. Most of the time, with the changing of food the food allergies of cat goes away. But, if it is in serious condition then must contact with your pet doctor.
Homemade foods contain all the essential nutritional benefits a cat needs to remain healthy. Homemade cat food comprises of raw ground meat/fat, finely chopped vegetables, ground eggshells/bone meal and even cooked or soaked grains. While giving bone meal, make sure it is purchased from the health food store. You may also give correct dosages of nutritional supplement along with the cat food. Make sure the water given to the cat is also pure. How to make cat food at home
You can make cat food by mixing meat/fat, water and bone meal or eggshell powder. Lamb, chicken, turkey or beef (all raw) can be used as well. But do not use raw fish or pork. Add fat with organ meat as it is lean meat and fat is beneficial. In case it is a vegetable meal, prepare the mix with very finely chopped vegetables excluding potatoes, onions, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers. If you want, you can make mixtures and keep them refrigerated so that they can be used over a long period of time. Make the stew with approx one spoon of vegetables and three spoons of meat, along with dietary supplements and hot water.
Just like humans, cats also need their daily dose of essential nutrients for good health and longevity. Any basic cat food that is available in the market promises to provide every possible nutrient for your cat. These foods contains both animal and plant matter. Cat foods should contain taurine, as it is a very important nutrient, in the absence of which cats can be blinded. Some believe that it is harmful to give cats commercial foods, as they are not natural and do not contain proper nutrition. Ingredients of homemade cat food.
Cats are "obligate" or true carnivores. They do not have the ability to properly digest and utilize grains. By forcing them to eat grain based diets, we are causing them to be more prone to certain diseases, including urinary tract infections, kidney failure, and diabetes. Proper nutrition can greatly decrease your cat's risk of developing these common feline ailments. Compare ingredient labels. Is your cat eating too much grain? Here are the links to some of the cat food brands we stock.