Complete Overview of Hill's Prescription Diet Z/D Skin/Food Sensitivities Dry Cat Food
Meet the Ultimate Cat Food for Sensitive Cats!
Skin and food sensitivities are extremely hard to manage without a change in diet. Even so, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what your cat is getting an allergic reaction to. It can lead to a host of symptoms and issues that all stem from one problem - skin and food sensitivities.
Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Skin/Food Sensitivities Dry cat food is made to combat these issues with a unique formula that cuts down on any confusion regarding your cat's diet. This food is made with a single source of protein and a single source of carbohydrates. This way, you know what your cat is eating and lessen the risk of an adverse reaction.
The protein used in Hill's Prescription Diet cat food is hydrolyzed protein. The process of hydrolyzation breaks down the protein into amino acids with a low molecular weight. Hydrolyzed protein has a significantly reduced chance of being recognized as a protein by the body, and thus, your cat is likely to not react to the protein at all.
Does This Contain Soy Protein? What About Other Allergens Like Artificial Colors?
No, Hill's Prescription Diet cat food doesn't contain any soy protein. This food is also made without any lactose, as that is a common allergen in cats and dogs. The diet is a highly palatable kibble, and most cats enjoy the taste. And since your cat is likely to not get any allergic reaction from this, this food is more likely to be accepted by your cat.
To ensure that your cat is at the least risk of triggering an allergic reaction, Hill's hydrolyzed protein cat food is also made entirely without artificial colors or flavors. Synthetic dyes and flavors can trigger reactions and are often overlooked as sources of allergens.
Food and skin sensitivities often leave cats with recurrent infections that deal a blow to their immunity. Hill's hydrolyzed protein cat food also contains a blend of vitamins and minerals that boost your cat's overall health and immunity as well.
My Cat Has Lost His Appetite, and His Coat Looks Dull. Does This Help With Those Problems?
One of the symptoms of food sensitivities is gastrointestinal distress. Your cat can lose their appetite, feel nauseous, and feel discomfort after eating food. Many cats lose their appetite because their regular food is making them feel sick.
When you put your cat on Hill's single protein cat food, these symptoms will be reduced, and you might notice an increase in appetite! This cat food is also made with a healthy amount of natural fiber, essential fatty acids, and lots of vitamin E.
The fiber in Hill's hydrolyzed protein cat food helps minimize the gastrointestinal distress that cats with food sensitivities often face. The essential fatty acids and vitamin E help repair and fortify the skin barrier and nourish the skin and coat.
If your cat has been facing skin issues like rashes and coat issues like a dull or thinning coat, these ingredients will help reverse the damage done.
How Much Should I Give My Cat?
The general guidelines for feeding your cat Hill's Prescription Diet cat food is as follows:
|Your Cat's Weight ||Amount per Day|
|6 lbs ||40g|
|8 lbs ||55g|
|10 lbs ||70g|
|12 lbs ||85g|
|14 lbs ||90g
|16 lbs ||90g|
|18 lbs ||110g|
These amounts are given in grams as grams are a more accurate measurement. Please note that these amounts are to be given daily. You should not give these amounts twice a day as you will risk your cat developing obesity.
You should also make sure you transition your cat to this food over at least a week. Standard protocol is to start substituting Hill's hydrolyzed protein cat food for 25% of your cat's meal at first. Then, increase in 25% increments over the next few days. Please be patient and take as long as your cat needs to adjust to this new food.
Are There Any Side Effects of This Cat Food?
Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Skin/Food Sensitivities Dry cat food is a nutritionally complete and safe cat food. There are no side effects of eating this cat food. However, you should check if your cat is allergic to any ingredients whenever you give your cat food. If your cat is allergic is something in the ingredients list, speak to your vet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need a Prescription for This Food?
Yes, any Hill's Prescription Diet cat food needs a prescription from a licensed veterinarian. Please note that prescriptions have an expiry date. If your vet has indicated that your cat needs to have this food long term and your prescription has expired, consult your vet again for a new prescription.
Can I Give This to My Dog?
No, you should not give your dog anything that needs a prescription that was not meant for him. Additionally, cat food is more nutritionally dense than dog food. If you feed your dog cat food long term, you risk overnutrition and obesity.
What Are the Ingredients Used to Make This Cat Food?
Hill's single protein cat food is made of the following:
Brewers Rice, Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Rice Protein Concentrate, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Lactic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Dicalcium Phosphate, L-Threonine, Dl-Methionine, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Taurine, Iodized Salt, Potassium Citrate, L-Tryptophan, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols For Freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene.
My Vet Told Me My Cat Is at Risk for Developing Crystals in His Urine. Should I Still Feed This Diet?
Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Skin/Food Sensitivities Dry cat food is made with a patented S+OXSHIELD. This unique blend of ingredients protects against your cat developing struvite crystals and calcium oxalate crystals. This is ideal for a cat who is at risk of developing crystals in their urinary system.