Is your kitty growing increasingly itchy and surprising you with a little more vomit (on your best rug) than usual? Most cat owners reach straight for the flea comb when they notice lots of scratching, and that’s probably a good place to start, but did you know that an upset tummy and irritated coat are also signs of food intolerance? It’s less common than breathing allergens and flea bite irritations, but 15% of cats actually suffer from diet-related allergies and intolerances that affect their digestion. If you suspect that your kitty may be one of them, look out for these ingredients in their food:

General Food Intolerance and Allergy Symptoms

The above ingredients may trigger the following physical reactions:

  • Upset tummy – persistent vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence

  • Skin irritation – red, inflamed and itchy

  • Fluid-filled bumps in the head and neck area

  • Excessive coat shedding

  • Coughing, wheezing, sneezing and snoring

  • Regular ear and eye infections

  • Swollen paws

If you are noticing these symptoms and suspect that your cat may be having a diet-related intolerance or allergy, reach out to your vet for support. They will equip you with more info on how to better manage your kitty’s sensitive tummy, and also guide you with hypoallergenic diet suggestions to keep your cat safe and happy.