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What to Feed Your Cat if You Suspect Food Allergies

By Sam Bourne. December 17, 2013 | See Comments

Siamese cat eating out of yellow bowl

If you think that your cat is showing signs of an allergic reaction, these foods are a great way to uncover what the specific cause of their allergy is.

If your cat is having an allergic reaction to their food, there are a few different ways to cope with their dietary needs. There are some hypoallergenic foods on the market (many of which are prescription cat food) that contain only hydrolized proteins. These are proteins broken apart so that the immune system cannot recognize them as a trigger for allergies.

Another method for feeding your allergy prone cat is to try different foods that will help you figure out what is causing the allergic reaction. Known as limited ingredient diets, these types of foods are a great option when combating a food allergy in your cat. Many brand name cat foods contain a mix of different types of proteins, grains, and other ingredients, any of which could be the cause of their mealtime woes.

Limited ingredient foods provide insight into what, specifically, is triggering your cat’s reaction by removing certain likely-suspect ingredients. Each one contains only a single source of protein, so for example, if your cat is allergic to beef, you would be able to tell, because the beef-only food would give them a reaction, whereas a fish or chicken-only type would not.

Here are some of the most popular hypoallergenic or limited ingredient cat foods:

Royal Canin Hypoallergenic


Hypoallergenic PD Dry Cat Food

  • Limited ingredient (duck)
  • Complete balanced diet
  • Helpful for inflammatory bowel disease, gluten enteropathy, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency


Hydrolyzed Protein Dry Cat Food

  • Hypoallergenic, using hydrolyzed soy protein
  • Single starch source (rice)
  • Promotes urinary health


Select Protein PR Dry Cat Food

  • Limited ingredient (rabbit, peas)
  • Safe for cats with certain sensitivities
  • Savory flavor


Select Protein PR Canned Cat Food

  • Limited ingredient (rabbit, peas)
  • Safe for cats with certain sensitivities
  • Delicious wet food your cat is sure to love

Natural Balance L.I.D. (Limited Ingredient Diet)

Natural Balance L.I.D. is a line of cat and dog food dedicated to provided a comprehensive set of options for pets suffering from a food allergy. One of the most well rounded lines of limited ingredient pet foods, Natural Balance gives you a plethora of choices, making it easy to figure out specifically what ingredient it is that triggers your cat's allergies.


  Salmon Green Pea Dry        Chicken Green Pea Dry          Duck Green Pea Canned


Chicken Green Pea Canned        Venison Pea Canned

Hill's Prescription Diets

These prescription diets may be a good fit for your cat, depending on their other health needs.


Cat z/d Canned Food

  • Hypoallergenic food using hydrolyzed protein (rice, chicken)
  • Safe for cats with a variety of conditions
  • Delicious wet food formula


Cat z/d Dry Food

  • Hypoallergenic food using hydrolyzed protein (rice, chicken)
  • Safe for cats with a variety of conditions
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