What is hypoallergenic cat food?

There is no one food that is hypoallergenic for cats (meaning that it is less likely to cause allergic reactions than other foods), and it entirely depends on your cat's prior diet. The reason for this is that feline food allergies are developed over time based on what your cat eats. If your cat is allergic to a particular food, it is from eating it in the past, because the allergy has built up over time. So essentially any kind of meat that your cat has not eaten before will be hypoallergenic, as your cat will not be allergic to it.

   

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In the United States, the recommended hypoallergenic cat diets are ones based on duck or venison. This is because neither of these are used in any of the common commercial cat foods, and it is unlikely that your cat has been exposed to them much or at all. Just remember, though, that if you are switching to a hypoallergenic diet for your cat you will have to go all the way. You can't give your cat access to any of the other commonly used meats in the U.S. such as beef, pork, or chicken. As always, talk to your vet first.

Triumph Premium Duck and Rice Canned Cat Food is about $14 for a case of 24 and is available online here.

This brand is based on duck and rice, so few cats in the U.S. will have been exposed to it.

 

Duck and Salmon Based Dry Chow for Cats - This is available here for $18 or so for an 8 pound bag. Salmon is used in many cat food brands, and I'm not sure about whether it is hypoallergenic or not. I've looked around on the Internet and found some companies claiming it is, and I haven't found any vets listing it as a common cause of cat food allergies, but I can't verify this for sure. 

 

Natural Balance Venison and Pea Dry Chow for Cats - This one is available online for about $20 for a 10 pound bag. This might be the better bet than the salmon, because both venison and peas are OK as far as that goes.

 

Natural Balance Venison and Pea Canned Cat Chow  - This one is available online for about $21 for a 24 pack. If you go with the venison and peas option for cats, this is a canned food to supplement the dry chow.

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