Reader Nancy Huff wrote to describe some scabby spots on her kitty and the vet’s suggestion of food allergies. She has several related questions and would like some input drawn from the wealth of experience that other cat parents possess.
Nancy is a responsible pet parent who takes her cats to the vet for advice and treatment but, like many of us, she values the knowledge and experience that can be shared by other pat parents. Ordinarily we post such queries to our Facebook wall but Nancy’s was longer and more detailed than most.
We’d appreciate any helpful or related input, for Nancy and for any others of us who may find the information and experiences useful.
Here’s what Nancy has to say:
We adopted 2 shelter kitties, Abby and Ziva.
Ziva is the youngest and was +/- 4 months when we adopted her. She is a Calico and is now around 9 months. At approx 7 months she developed scabs above her eyebrows that then turned into bloody, angry, bald spots. Started over one eye then the other. It was quite upsetting to us; Ziva does not seem to mind.
Prescribed 10 days antibiotic, took awhile, but finally healed and hair grew back, thank goodness. I asked if this could be from her sister, Abby, grooming her and was told it was very unlikely.
Well, now 2 months later she has another spot going, from the outside corner of her right eye all the way back to her ear.
More antibiotics. The Vet thinks this may be an allergy to her food. Thinks she may have issues with chicken (we also give them small amount of deli sliced turkey in a.m. for a treat).
BTW, we are feeding same food as shelter, only thing that has changed is that she has been spayed.
We need to find a healthy, safe, (no recalls) food with a different protein as main ingredient. Lamb, fish, venison. Have also seen duck and pheasant, wondered if the last two could also be an issue since they are after all, “birds”?
Hoping someone can offer some insight.
1) Looking for recomendations for good food.
2) Ideas other than allergies that could be causing this?
3) Could her spaying have triggered this? ie, why, if this is an allergy is it just now happening?
We are very worried about our sweet baby.