I have food allergies, need new food

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Purred: Mon Jun 13, '11 12:52pm PST 
Lana'thel has some food allergies as well (per allergy test). Her report came back as not allergic to chicken nor yeast, but she definitely is allergic to something in z/d dry (mainly brewer's yeast and chicken proteins iirc). This makes me very wary to feed her commercial food. So she is on raw chicken. That way I know there aren't hidden allergens in her food delaying her recovery.

Question on atopica: how long does it take for it to "work?"
Lana'thel wears a cone, which I only take off when she eats. She bolts as soon as she's done eating and the last time, she scratched her face good before I was able to catch her (and as I type this I realize I should confine her to a room when I feed her). Her face is a red scabby mess. She has only been on atopica for a few days. I guess my concern is, since it suppresses her immune system, should I stop the meds until her scabs heal up?

Tosca- Biscotti

Birds beware
Purred: Mon Jun 13, '11 2:58pm PST 
My vet had me put Tosca on Clortrimiton. I did that for a couple of weeks during the spring and it seemed to help things. It also didn't make her sleepy. I hid it in a pill pocket.

Lucy Nooner

Purred: Tue Jun 14, '11 10:36pm PST 
Lana'thel, I think it took about 4-6 weeks to really see the results from the Atopica for Lucy. I'd worry that if you stop the Atopica, she would just continue itching. Talk to your vet about your immune system concerns. With Lucy, the Atopica stopped about 85% of her itching, scabbing, and lesions. The scabs/itching that she continued to have were much less severe and cleared up in 2-3 days (whereas prior to the Atopica, she constantly had scabs, hair loss, and lesions). In the beginning, Lucy was on Atopica daily. I'm very happy to report that at this point, 2 1/2 years after starting the Atopica, she only needs it 1-2 times per week.

Angel Hallie- (5-15-96/11-- 7-12)

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Purred: Thu Jun 16, '11 9:50pm PST 
Have you considered trying lamb & rice cat foods? Lamb & rice is considered hypoallergenic & also easy on the digestive system. Lamb & rice formulas are usually easy to find in petstores.

Also here are some links with recommendations of foods for cats with food allergies.

http://cats.about.com/od/specialfoodneeds/tp/allergyfo od.htm
http://c atfoodcafe.com/cat-tips/hypoallergenic-cat-food/
http://www.vetinfo .com/hypoallergenic-cat-food.html
http://www.royalcanin.co.uk/vet/c linical_diets/feline_clinical_diets/hypoallergenic.aspx
http://www. nextag.com/cat-food-hypoallergenic/products-html

Tosca- Biscotti

Birds beware
Purred: Wed Dec 4, '13 11:36am PST 
Hi everyone! I was doing some research on allergies and found my old thread. Well, mommy put us on a couple of different foods that don't bother my allergies, however, the allergy shots haven't worked. In fact, in the last year, it's gotten so bad that I've chewed off quite a bit of hair. We have stopped the allergy shots and the vet will probably start me on Atopica soon. Wish me luck.


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Purred: Thu Dec 5, '13 4:28am PST 
You'll probably do very well on the Atopica. BK still takes it even though he's on a special diet for his allergies because there are things he's allergic to other than food. Good luck and keep us posted!

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