I think my cat might have a food allergy what's brand food should I buy?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
December 23, 2011 3:23pm CST
My cat of 7 years appears to have (dermatitis) he keeps getting a rash under his chin that he scratches until bald or red, also there are three bald patches near his lower back near is tail, and on his stomach, also on his hind legs. another odd symptoms is he has redness in the white part of his eyes that seems to pass from one eye to the other it's very strange My cat seems to have slowly developed these symptoms over the past 2 years I don't think it's fleas because my cats been treated for fleas also I have not seen any fleas, the only thing that make sense is that my cat is allergic to his food My cat eats both dry and wet food not at the same time at different times of through the day, and he really likes the wet food, and he also likes the dry food, but sometimes he's a bit hesitant about eating the dry food, I switched his dry food three times over the past 2 years and nothing has improved I tried a few big brands of dry food but nothing changed so far, he's still doing the same licking, itching, and biting I just don't know what other kind of dry food to buy that will help my cat and won't put a whole in my pocket I know corn, wheat, sometimes even soy and gluten are bad for cats escully cats with allergies, but it seems like all the cat foods contain these ingredients. so which brand should I try that won't cost me a fortune? I don't have a ton of money to spend on pet food or vet care also I don't want to go broke buying cat food that won't help my cats present issue, can someone please! give me some advice on this subject what kind of Dry cat food is best for a cat with food allergies?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
27 Dec 11
a lot of times the rash under the chin is caused by food bowls... I don't know if you wash it regularly, but a lot of cats get "chin acne" from plastic bowls because they are hard to keep clean. You might try taking him off the dry food for a few weeks/months to see if that helps, if so, then you might look for a (granted expensive) but there are lamb and rice foods for cats too, and you could give him a limited amount of that, so it doesn't hurt the pocket book too badly. I've even heard of duck and pea foods, but finding them...
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
27 Dec 11
Interesting you might be on to something about the eating bowls, and yes I do wash his bowel regularly he eats out of a ceramic cat bowl But my cat has a chin rash, and balding spots on his stomach, and near his tale and he's constantly over grooming himself and scratching, also his eyes have turned red, I feel fairly certain he's experiencing an allergic reaction I've been doing some research on and offline to find a allergy free cat food but like you said those kinds of foods cost a lot of money, and the cheaper brands have all the same ingredients such as corn, wheat, soy, gluten, and bunch of other unsafe ingredient that most cats should not eat. thank you Elicbxn for taking the time to give a detailed responds I will consider your advice, because my poor kitty cat seems pretty irritated right now, and I really wanna help him to feel better.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
24 Dec 11
idk if you have this brand but I only buy my cat wet food Purina and dry food Whiskas the dry food it has gluten and corn so not good for your allergic cat but wet food Purina Friskies doesn't have it
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
27 Dec 11
I've done some research, and none of the popular mainstream brands are safe to feed a cat with serous allergies as my cat seems to have he exhibits red eyes and continuous over grooming to the point of baldness a red inflamed chin I found a few brands online worth considering but they cost a lot and the thought of having to buy an allergy free brand regularly has me really concerned I'm not a wealthy person and I'm not sure if I'd be able to keep up with the cost of the allergy free brand I'm considering buying my cat's current issue has become a source of stress for me, and his once beautiful coat is now full of bald patches and dry scabs and it's really frustrating to see him uncomfortable Sure I could eliminated dry food all together but my cat is use to the routine of being served dry food, and he expects to see his bowl filled with a dry food brand periodically through the course of the day, and he would not understand if I suddenly stopped serving dry food all together. so unfortunately I think it might be better to find a safer brand of Dry cat food so my cat isn't more irritated by the sudden lack of dry food.