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Watch what Fluffy eats! Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all pet allergy problems are caused by food. A food allergy will surface in the form of a rash, severe itching, or dermatitis—sometimes they will even result in vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, food allergies can give your ordinarily pretty kitty slick, oily skin and even cause hair loss.
If your cat is allergic to a certain food the effects won't be evident overnight—it could be anywhere from 7 days to 10 years of exposure before the effects of the allergy become evident. In fact, over 80 percent of cats with food allergies will consume the allergen-containing food for over 2 years before displaying symptoms. Talk to your kitty's vet about treatment options.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|