Cat is allergic to Merrick--what should I try next?
February 25, 2013 8:47 PM Subscribe
Are there non-prescription simpler, yet awesome cat food to try to alleviate his allergies?
posted by rawralphadawg to Pets & Animals (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I inherited a cat from my grandpa in October and I've swapped him over to Merrick food since then. We went halvsies with his leftover food until that ran out and now he's been on Merrick for a few weeks. I don't know what he was on before, but I'm sure it was just some grocery store junk. He had a little hair loss near his ears when I got him, but now he's just scratching himself all up on his head and neck. Judging by some of the pictures of hair loss and allergy-related symptoms I looked at on Google, I'm even wondering if he had a slight allergy to his previous food.
I haven't completely ruled out parasites, but none of my other animals are having a reaction and this at least seemed to correlate with the change in diet. He's white and obviously has no fleas and his ears are very healthy and clear of ear mites. Doesn't mean he doesn't have lice or something else, I suppose, but I'd like to first try diet change to see if it's that simple.
I'm assuming everyone will suggest Evo or Wellness Core, which I don't doubt are great foods. The only thing I'm concerned with is that all of these foods have basically the same ingredients (similar carb and protein sources, and a variety of them) so how am I supposed to figure out what he's allergic to or hope that switching to one of these expensive brands will alleviate the problem? Are there non-prescription simpler, yet awesome cat food?