|Purred: Tue Jul 30, '13 4:47am PST |
|I took my cat from a foster family a little less than a month ago. He's been there for two months after his previous family didn't want him any more. He's 2.5 years old, pure-bred british longhair. She fed him relatively cheap kibble, along with tuna, table scraps, and whatever he could get to from the dog's food bowl. When I got him I switched him to ANF anti-furball, which is a super-premium food with no wheat or vegetable in it, because that's what the workers in the pet store recommended. When I checked the website it seemed quite healthy, as dry food goes:
I also gave him tuna-based wet food. After a week or two I noticed he's scratching his ears a lot, so I took him to the vet. No fleas were found so the vet concluded it's food allergy (the foster said he didn't scratch his ears when she had him), and said most cats are allergic to fish (?) and I should switch to another wet food. Most of them are fish based so I now alternate between a liver and a liver and chicken one. This was last Wednesday. Yesterday I noticed his lip started to swell. So today I took him to the vet again (same office but not the same vet) and the vet diagnosed him with an auto-immunic disease (I don't remember the name but it's allergy based) and said I should wait and come back in a week and if it doesn't pass on its own he'll need steroid shots. He also said most cats are allergic to chicken not fish, so I should switch him back, and also to switch his dry food to royal canine, they have a special food for sensitive cats. But I looked up that food and it contains wheat and vegetables, which I know are not good for cats. So I wondered if any of you used ANF or Royal canine and could give me your opinion.
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