|Jack and Shadow|
Who would have even thought that a house cat could have food allergies. When we adopted Shadow several years ago, she was a wild stray who lived outside, eating whatever she could find. Since then she's become a loving and sweet indoor-only house cat. She's all black, but with a chocolate shine. I love her black nose and toes.
We discovered that Shadow got sick (vomited) whenever we fed her beef canned act food or gave her a piece of beef from our table. She can eat any flavor dry cat food, dry food didn't seem to bother her before. When she does eat beef or beef canned food, she immediately throws it up. However, beef is one of her favorite things. She's quick to steal steak right off our plates if we're eating in the living room and leave our plate unattended (such as if we go back into the kitchen for something).
Strange. So, no beef for Shadow. No biggie.
Then around Thanksgiving this year, I visited a new friend and met her two cats who are beautiful and slender. She told me she only feeds them Buffalo Blue all natural dry food. I thought about my three fat indoor cats who only seem to be getting fatter, and decided to put them on an all-natural, gluten-free, healthy diet of Buffalo Blue Wilderness cat food, too. I tried multiple favors, including duck, chicken, salmon, and the one for mature cats.
Shortly after Thanksgiving I realized that Shadow started getting terribly sick, vomiting a lot. This was much worse than when she ate beef. But I wasn't letting her have any beef. Hmmm. When she vomited, she foamed from the mouth. She heaved and vomited and continue to throw up white foam even after her stomach was long empty. However, she didn't lose her appetite from being sick. A few hours after being sick she'd go back and eat again. I worried terribly about her. Not to mention that I hated cleaning up after her. During this time I swapped out the different flavors of Buffalo Blue Wilderness cat food, letting the cats try the different ones. I was about to take Shadow to the vet, where I'm sure they would have done tests and x-rays and charged a pretty penny, but she wasn't sick all the time, it was just random, but frequent. Definitely not normal.
And then finally, last night I realized that Shadow is allergic to the Buffalo Blue Wilderness Duck flavor food. I watched her eat it and immediately get sick. Before she gets sick her tongue gets "puffy" or numb or strange feeling, and she sticks her tongue out and makes strange noises with her tongue. Evidently her tongue and probably throat swells just like a person with food allergies. And then the horrible constant vomiting and foaming and gagging starts. I quickly grabbed up the bowl of dry food. None of the other cats are bothered by it. Shadow likes it's flavor, just like she likes the flavor of beef.
Who knew that cats can have food allergies? Evidently Shadow is allergic to beef and duck. None of the other flavors of the Buffalo Blue cat food bothered her, and they seem to have many of the same ingredients, other than duck. Shadow hasn't gotten sick at all today. Eventually I'm going to re-introduce the other flavors of the Buffalo Blue cat food to her and see how she reacts.
I thought I'd share this realization that cats can have food allergies with my online friends, maybe this information can help someone else down the road.
I hope everyone has a great year in 2013 and I hope we all continue to learn from our online community. Thanks everyone for helping me so much in 2012!
Happy New Year!