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What are food allergies?
- Nonseasonal itching, especially on the front half of the body, head, face, ears, and neck
- Otitis externa – Itching and scratching can lead to inflammation and sometimes infection of the ears
- Excessive licking of the affected skin
- Papules (small, fluid-filled bumps) which eventually crust over
- Hair loss (due to excessive scratching, grooming etc)
- Feline acne
- Avoid the food which caused the allergies is the best method of treatment. This may either be a homemade diet using novel ingredients (such as kangaroo) or the use of commercial hypoallergenic one. If you are feeding a homemade diet it is important to ensure that your cat is receiving the correct nutrients in the diet.
- Corticosteroids to control itching. Unfortunately, not all cats will respond to this treatment.
- Antihistamines to control the itching.
- Antibiotics to treat skin infections caused by itching.