Itching, irritated pink skin, and overgrooming -- food/litter allergy!?

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Good point!! Litter is first tonight and hopefully a different kind of food over the weekend. For now I am trying to give smaller portions over a more frequent period to limit his irritation/potential vomit. While I don't free feed he usually does graze when I put it down (I try not to take it away if I see he has some left he wants to come back to) and when he chooses to eat I feel like he's gobbling it up fast.

So far he is dry only but I've wanted to add in wet for moisture/fluid intake.



Funny enough the vet just called -- no sign of parasites, giardia, etc! Which definitely makes me feel so much better.

I actually just was able to get his anti-inflamm this morning but had to go right to work. I also have not administered the Revolution yet as he still has a few days before he's "due," but would you recommend waiting on that and trying the anti-inflamm first?
If you can do the wet, imho that's better. Charlie and his angels (3 girls) get three small wet food meals a day and at night a small amount of dry to munch on. It does help to ensure they are getting enough water and easier to find a variety with fewer things in it that Bowie might be allergic too or even sensitive to. Sometimes it's not even an allergy, simply a sensitivity that is bothersome to them.

YAY!!!! no signs of badness! *does the happy dance*

I'd follow your vet's advice (which was probably to give the revolution when it is "due"!). :thumbsup:
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Very important to follow the Doctors lead.
 

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btw - he's still a kitten so kittens (not sure up to what age tbh) eat as much as they want but I think with Bowie the smaller meals might help the tummy.
 
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Just another update!! No vomit today so far. Yesterday evening I gave him his Revolution as the vet suggested and also began the anti-inflammatory as I couldn't stand to see him itching and red anymore. He loves his compounded meds and took some again tonight. He'll be on this for about a week or so. As you all suggested I'm trying not to do too many things but I did switch his litter last night back to our old brand... thankfully he doesn't seem to mind and immediately hopped in the box to show me that he was cool with it, lol. Going to give it a few more days to see if it helps any, but I still have a sneaking suspicion that if it's an allergy, it's his food and not the litter.
 

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Just another update!! No vomit today so far. Yesterday evening I gave him his Revolution as the vet suggested and also began the anti-inflammatory as I couldn't stand to see him itching and red anymore.
YAY!!!

It is horrible to see them uncomfortable or in pain so I can't blame you.

He loves his compounded meds and took some again tonight. He'll be on this for about a week or so. As you all suggested I'm trying not to do too many things but I did switch his litter last night back to our old brand... thankfully he doesn't seem to mind and immediately hopped in the box to show me that he was cool with it, lol.
Good that he likes them! Small mercies!

lol @ cool with it. Awesomeness!

Yeah I know the feeling of wanting to do everything at once and get him sorted but at the same time it's better to find what the trigger is than to always be unsure of what exactly happened. This way you know what was what for anything future that comes up.

Going to give it a few more days to see if it helps any, but I still have a sneaking suspicion that if it's an allergy, it's his food and not the litter.
Sadly - I think you're probably right. Food is the most likely issue. Don't despair though - we are all here to help you get through that with your sanity intact!

xoxoox
 

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