Your Pet Could Be Allergic To Her Food

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One day your cat is minding her own business, sleeping peacefully atop the laundry basket or terrorizing the dog. The next, it’s scratching like mad. Fleas are an obvious suspect, but not the only one. Food allergy is “quite common in cats,” Christine Bellezza, a veterinarian and the co-director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell University,

Itching is the number-one symptom of food allergies, especially around the face, paws and ears, according to PetPlace.com. Other signs include ear infections, hair loss, and small bumps on the skin. Less commonly, food allergies can also upset a cat’s stomach, causing diarrhea or vomiting, says Bellezza.A food allergy can strike cats of any age, though they’re rare in very young kittens, according to Bellezza. “Usually they develop an allergy to a food that they’ve been eating for a long period of time,” she says.

And that food can be just about anything. “What we see most commonly are allergies to fish, beef, dairy products, wheat, corn, and soy,” Bellezza tells Paw Nation. According to PetPlace.com, beef, dairy products and wheat account for two-thirds of all cat food allergies.
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How To Get Rid Of Cat Fleas

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Fleas are a nuisance, but that’s not the only reason to take a flea infestation seriously: Fleas can transmit diseases and even cause tapeworms.Getting rid of your cat’s fleas means more than just getting rid of the fleas on your cat. You need to treat your cat’s interior surroundings (i.e. your home’s surfaces, nooks and crannies) and then you need to treat the source, which usually means your home’s surrounding yard.On your cat: Using a fine-toothed flea comb, give your cat a long and thorough brushing. In between strokes, dip the comb in a bowl of soapy water to kill the fleas and eggs. Keep combing until you’re no longer collecting any fleas or eggs. Shampoo your cat in warm water using any shampoo, whether or not it’s specially designed for flea control. Soap alone works as a highly effective flea insecticide.

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