My cat has allergies!
A cat allergy, or any allergy in any animal including a human, is usually a reaction to a foreign protein that has entered the GI tract and/or bloodstream. These proteins can be organic, such as bug excrement, food ingredients, and flea saliva. Or, they can be synthetic, such as pharmaceuticals and household chemicals. Sometimes, allergies are a reaction to proteins that are part of the animal’s body. The body literally attacks itself. This is an auto-immune reaction.
One common symptom in all cat allergies is inflammation, a self-fueling process. The more inflammation there is the more inflammation is produced. Like a fire in dry wood; it consumes anything combustible. Reducing inflammation is the key to start the healing process. This is why vets prescribe anti-histamines to slow or stop the inflammation.
The Real Cause of Cat Allergy
Allergic reactions are a symptom. The source could be hiding away, somewhere, inside the body. Until the source is discovered, the problem will not only persist but will, in all probability, get worse.
Puffy eyes and runny noses are commonly recognized as inflammations. Treating the consequences of the allergic reaction with anti-inflammatories is the least effective strategy. Why? The fundamental weakness in allergic animals is an unhealthy gastrointestinal tract.
When the Cat’s away, the Mice Will Play.
When the GI tract is compromised any number of disorders or diseases can develop. Yeasts sends roots into the mucosa opening up channels for macro molecules and proteins to enter your cats’ bloodstream. It is in this destabilized environment in which bacteria and viruses breed.
Worse yet, all food substances become part of the allergic pool. Dietary changes will not work until the GI tract is stabilized and rejuvenated. Once the GI tract becomes compromised, the door is open wide, and your cat’s health may begin to spiral down.
Weak links are where you see the symptoms. So, if the weak link is skin, the cat has seasonal skin problems. If the weak link is digestion, the cat has abnormal bowel function. If the weak link is cellular metabolism, then the cat may have a weakened resistance to pathogens and a weakened immune response.
Every system – digestive, immune, lymphatic… gets its nutrition from the intestinal system. In conclusion the GI tract is where you must first address the stressors.