March 11, 2011 3:54 PM Subscribe
I need a step-by-step plan to tackle my kitty's allergies.
posted by waterandrock to Pets & Animals (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I adopted a 7-year-old cat a month ago and she started scratching her ears and chin a week after arriving to the point of scabbing and her lower lip seemed swollen. The vet gave her a treatment with Revolution, put an e collar on her, and suggested switching her from her chicken-based diet. There was no change with the Revolution.
She only started eating chicken-based food with me because for some reason she happily ate it up after a day and a half of refusing to eat her fish-based food - what she ate before with her foster mom. I've since managed to get her back on the fish-based food, which is a combination of grain-free dry and grain-free canned.
I started with the dry when I switched and within a couple of days I noticed her lower lip wasn't as swollen, and she wasn't attempting to scratch as much as the first day after the vet's. It could have just been my imagination. I then managed to get to the store that sells her canned and after a couple of tries she started eating that too.
Now, a few days of being on both the canned and the dry she's trying to scratch at her ears through the e collar and is shaking her head. She's also has a tiny bit of a runny nose and a little bit of congestion. When she first arrived she developed an upper respiratory infection, which seemed to have cleared up with antibiotics.
Could she be allergic to the canned food? Or could it be the e collar itself since it's plastic and she's been licking it? Should I try benadryl? The vet suggested 2.5 mg of cetirizine, which doesn't seem to do anything. I'm probably expecting results far too quickly, but basically, I need a strategy so my kitty can be allergy free. Thanks!
Sorry no pictures! Don't want to worry her foster mom.