My 15 year old Tabby is neutered and declawed, and has been with us since he was about two years old. His weight is constant at 17 pounds, he is a social eater, he only eats when we are at home. He has regular body functions. About 2 years ago he started coughing. I asked the non holistic vet about the cough she replied that it is probably hairballs.
A year ago I took him to a veterinarian dentist and mentioned that he often coughed — she did an exam and chest x-rays then told me that Junior had asthma. She prescribed a prednisolone compound.
I applied on the outside of his ears and his wheezing did stop for a while. However, when he started coughing again I started giving him AmazaPet, this seems to control the wheezing.
At my request, the non holistic veterinarian has done environmental as well as food blood analysis; he allergic to grasses and trees, dust, and mites and more. The food allergies show that he is allergic to rabbit ,venison and duck meat. I have never giving him these specific foods knowingly . He is an indoor cat, never goes outside since we adopted him.
He still coughs occasionally but most of the time he is scratching all over his body. I am afraid to bath him because the last time I did he became very congested.
Please advise if there is a holistic product for itching, something safe if swallowed when he licks his body. Thank you.
Thank you for your inquiry to Holistic Pet Info. If your cat is scratching all over you may want to look closely at his diet. Blood analysis of food allergens is not completely accurate; I would change his diet. Since your cat is 17 lbs, he is very likely also on the verge of diabetes. Eliminating carbs and grains will help both with weight loss and the scratching. Cat’s major allergens are corn, wheat and rice even if it didn’t show up in the allergy test. A good quality protein with a moderate amount of fat will help over all health tremendously.
For a supplement, immune support is essential. Immugen by Thorne contains Echinacea which is excellent for feline respiratory issues, Vitamin E and selenium for skin issues and astragalus and reishi mushrooms to work as anti-histamines and anti-inflammatory.
You may try the AllerClear or InflamMune as you think necessary. I do not have experience with either in felines, so I cannot address their effectiveness. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA, CVCP