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Adverse food reactions of cats may be due to food allergies or food intolerance. Understanding the difference between the two and knowing the symptoms of each will help you identify the source of the problem and determine the appropriate care for your feline companion. 

Food intolerance primarily concerns the digestive system and is rarely dangerous. Food allergy, on the other hand, involves the immune system. It can cause symptoms all over the body, ranging from mild to severe, with severe possibly causing a fatal reaction.

Here are some categories of common food reactions that cats may experience:

  • Food Poisoning – If you suspect your cat has ingested something toxic, some symptoms to watch out for are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or rapid heart rate. If any of this happens, bring your cat to the vet right away. 
  • Human Food – Some human food items may be good for you but that doesn’t mean it’s good for your cat, too. Samples of these food items are 
  • Onion and garlic (even in powder form) – have the potential to harm the red blood cells and cause anemia in cats. 
  • Grapes and raisins – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or even kidney failure
  • Raw eggs/meat – can give cats Salmonella or E.coli

Any sign of illness exhibited by your pet should require a visit to your veterinary clinic Georgetown, IN for proper medical attention.


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