Your cat is shaking her head and rubbing her head constantly on the side of the couch or any other surface she can get to. You have taken her to the vet and your kitty has an otherwise clean bill of health, but she keeps having itchy ears, scratching her ears or getting ear infections. Your cat’s food could be the culprit
Intolerance to ingredients in your cat’s food
If you have been feeding the same food every day, your cat may have built up an intolerance to the ingredients in her food or even a true food allergy. Your cat’s food may also have common allergens in it, such as corn, wheat and soy. Foods that use chemical flavors and colors can also cause reactions in your cat’s system.
In cats, the most common allergic reaction to food is actually vomiting, but food allergies or a food intolerance can manifest themselves in a number of ways, including recurring ear infections and itching their ears. The more filler your cat’s food has, the less actual nutrition they are getting out of it. This means that their system has to work extra hard to get the nutrition out of the food, leaving it less energy to contribute to other body functions such as a healthy immune system.
Switching your cat to a high quality cat food with no by-products, no chemicals, no artificial colors and no grains will give your cat’s system a chance to fight back against infections. Look for foods that use free range meats whenever possible. Did you know that free range meats contain higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids? Omega fatty acids contribute to lowering inflammation in the body, which in turn can combat recurring ear infections and other skin problems.
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