I am a sensitive cat. I don't care much for change. I like things just so, thankyouverymuch. I'm into routines and peace and quiet. I wasn't too thrilled when Smidgen came to live here. But she's not so bad and I got used to her. I'll even admit I like her. A little. Then Minnie came along. I'm still not too sure about her. And Hollie? Hmmph! Change! Phooey!
Along with my sensitive cat nature, I have a sensitive tummy. Oh sure, I'll eat most anything. But if my tummy doesn't approve, I yak it back up. Since I was a kitten up until I was about seven, I ate a certain kibble. Then mom started to learn more about nutrition for Wriggley and in that process, she learned more about kitty nutrition and what was better for us to eat.
So she started to make some, yes, changes, to my, Smidgen's, and Minnie's diet. She started switching us all to stinky goodness. Smidgen and I were skeptics. My tummy didn't care for the beef or any combination thereof, so I yakked. Same for lamb and anything fishy. My tummy liked chick-hen and tur-key. So that's what I ate.
A few years ago now, while I was still allowed outside time, I had a bit of a scuffle with an introoder kitty and ended up with a wound on my tail. It abscessed and I had to go to the v-e-t to get fixed up. Well, at the time, mom thought it would be a good idea, since I was there and all, to have my vaccinations done also. I didn't like that at all! My little kitty body didn't like it either and I even had a reaction where I was vaccinated.
I got better from all of that, but then my itchiness problems started. First my paws were itchy. Then my tummy got itchy and I licked it red and raw.
You can kind of see my red tummy in these pic-shers.
Sometimes my tail and the base of my tail was itchy. Even places on my back. I mowed a lot of my furs off. You can see in the picture the darker strips on my back and toward the base of my tail where I licked:
This was when mom found the holistic vet for all of us. My symptoms were along the lines of food allergies and that's what the Doc thought too. Mom tried to find a novel protein for me, since I had been eating chick-hen and tur-key. She gave me venison. I yakked. Then she tried me on lamb again. I yakked. She gave me some quail and I liked it and I didn't yak. 'Cept this particular brand she fed me wasn't a complete and balanced diet. When she did find a raw quail meats that was a complete diet...I yakked! Finally mom gave me some duck stinky goodness, and guess what? I didn't yak!
It took some time for mom to see some progress in terms of my itchiness. At one point she did feed me some rabbit meats. It was good: my tummy and I liked it, but mom thought it made me more itchy. ::sigh:: I had some prednisone shots and I took some herbal pills for a while. Then mom set up a "safe room" for me that no other kitty is allowed in. I can have peace and quiet when she isn't home, and whenever I need a break from the household stress, I can come in my room and chillax.
I have been off of pills and shots for some time now and my itchiness is under control. My tummy has furs again and I'm not mowing anywhere else. But I've been eating the same foods for furever! Mom still wonders if all of this was just a stress reaction, and now that time has passed and my body has relaxed, I'm better. She doesn't want to risk feeding me something else that could upset my tummy or my body. That's ok. I'm glad I'm not itchy all of the time. Mom did buy a few cans of a different brand of duck food for me to eat. It's still duck... but it is different.
(Now suddenly, after enjoying just one can of the different stuff, mom is imagining that I am itchier again. I'm back to eating my usual stinky not-so-goodness. At least I still get the treats mixed in...that still seems ok.)
Well, thanks for listening and letting me have a little vent.
whew! I'm ready for a nap now...