First of all what does hypoallergenic cat food mean? Unless we are veterinarians are we just using our knowledge of how we react to certain foods.
What Does Hypoallergenic Cat food Mean?
Hypoallergenic cat food is a type of diet that may be beneficial for cats with allergies. Hypoallergenic foods consist of ingredients that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in the feline body. There is no actual definition for what a true hypoallergenic cat food is and not all foods that specifically state they are hypoallergenic will actually be beneficial to your allergic kitty. A lot of ‘hypoallergenic’ diets are altered grain free recipes, which are beneficial to cats with food sensitivities.
No doubt if your cat has allergies you have already visited the vet for advice. If any of these diets appear to be a good fit for your cat, it would definitely be advisable to chat to your vet about the suitability.
Dry cat food can be more convenient to feed the cat than wet cat food. This article reviews four excellent dry cat food products that may be suitable for hypoallergenic cats. If using only dry food ensure the cat receives adequate moisture in the diet. The obvious solution is to make sure there is a consistent water supply. Another way is to add a hypoallergenic food topper (to the dry food) which generally comes in a pouch and has more of a gravy consistency.
There is more information here concerning adverse reactions to cat food and how to recognize an intolerance.
Reviews – Best Hypoallergenic Dry Cat Food
|1.Purina Pro Plan – Economical & Overall Best Choice|
|2.Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain – Probiotic Boost|
|3.Nature’s Variety Instinct – US Farm Raised Chicken|
|4.Hills Science Diet – Proven Results|
“As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
1. Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Adult – Economical & Overall Best Choice
This is a top notch product. This particular choice is for sensitive skin and stomach however there is also a product to aid with urinary tract health formula and one for hairball management. Purina has a reputation to uphold for a quality product.
This is the Lamb and Rice formula. It has 539 calories per cup. This product has prebiotic fiber to promote digestion – Interestingly the use of not only probiotics but prebiotics for humans is also gaining traction in the health world relating to the health of the gut.
All Purina Pro Plan dry cat food contains at least 40% protein. Protein should always be the first ingredient in a cat’s diet as they are obligate carnivores.
This product is really very highly recommended by those cat owners who face a variety of different health issues with their cat and have been willing to try a different product to find the best solution. For specialized advice always visit the vet however as cat owners we can all take some responsibility for doing research and finding products that may better suit the needs of our cat.
High Protein Formula.
Live probiotics for digestive health.
Rice and oatmeal are easily digestible.
No corn, what or soy.
It is difficult to outline Cons for this product as so much depends on the individual cat and what they can or can’t tolerate. Always read the list of ingredients past the first one or two items at the top of the list. Something that upsets your kitty may be further down on the list, indicating a smaller amount is included but still something that needs to be taken into consideration.
The different options for flavors are Lamb & Rice – dry food, Tuna & Oatmeal Entree – wet food, Arctic Char Entree – wet food, Duck Entree – wet food, Herring and Rice – may be unavailable, Turkey and Oatmeal and NEW! Wet Cat Variety Pack. Different sizes available for dry food – 3.5 lbs, 5.5lbs, 7lbs, 12.5lbs,16lbs, 22lbs.
Ingredients: Lamb and Rice product – Lamb, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Egg Product, Soy Protein Isolate, Chicken Meal, Fish Meal, Soybean Meal, Wheat Flour, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Animal Liver Flavor, Oat Meal, Lamb Meal, Soybean Oil, Inulin, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, DL-Methionine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Copper Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite. I-4617.
Recommended Daily Feeding Amounts Weight (lbs) 5 – 9 Weight (kg) 2.3 – 4.1 Feeding Amounts (cups) 1/4 – 1/2 Weight (lbs) 10 – 14 Weight (kg) 4.5 – 6.3 Feeding Amounts (cups) 1/2 – 2./3 Using a standard 8 oz/250 ml measuring cup which contains approximately 129 g of Pro Plan.
2. Rachael Ray Nutrish – Zero Grain
As with other brands there are different types of Nutrish cat food catering for different issues.
The focus in this article, is the grain free product.
Different specialties of Nutrish dry cat food may be more suitable for your needs. We aim to help you with your research by showing what is available. More and more we are living in a hypoallergenic world, pets included.
There’s no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in this product. It is available in two flavors, Whitefish and Potato and Chicken and Potato. This is of course also suitable for cats who do not have allergies. If you have more than one cat this may be a consideration.
Are you choosing the best food bowls for your cat? Read more…
3. Nature’s Variety Instinct-US Farm Raised Chicken
Are you wondering what freeze dried raw means? This product does not have to be frozen or kept in the freezer although some Nature’s Variety products are kept in the freezer so always read the directions on the packaging.
This statement is from the manufacturer’s website which explains it clearly for you
Freeze-dried raw is 100% raw nutrition that sits safely on your pantry shelf. All we do is remove the moisture from our all natural frozen recipes, without heating or cooking, to lock in nutrition and taste. No thawing or refrigeration needed!
The chicken flavor contains processed pieces of real chicken.
If this food is quite different to the normal food fed to your cat, transition to the new food over the course of several days, even up to a week, offering the old food and the new food and finally transitioning to the new food.
Some cats will of course adapt quickly and will tuck right in straight away. For your fussy eater transitioning is the way to go.
The vegetables and fruits are from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, depending on which specific ingredient, the availability and time of year.
Herbs and spices are from North America, Europe and the Middle East. Vitamins and minerals are from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The product is made in the USA, some seasonal produce is sourced overseas.
Read more (in this article) about wet food for cats with hypoallergenic needs.
4. Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin
The Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin dry cat food provides good digestive health while nourishing skin and promoting a healthy coat.
It contains prebiotic fiber to fuel beneficial gut bacteria and encourage a balanced microbiome. Digestibility is important to ensure optimal nutrient absorption.
Helps nourish an adult cat’s skin with vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids.
Made in the USA and made with natural ingredients.
It can so often be a juggling act trying to find a diet that the cat can not only tolerate well but thrive.
Our Recommendation is…
1. Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Best Choice
All four of these products are excellent choices and have been chosen carefully for their effectiveness and reputation. They all offer alternatives in the form of suiting different health conditions and different flavors.
When dealing with allergies it is usually necessary to try different products and watch for any reactions.
The difference for you between these products might be the size of the packaging, the price or specific ingredients.
We have chosen Purina because of the variety of different health issues that the product addresses and because it offers good value for money. The size of the bag is 16lbs.
Hypoallergenic Wet Cat Food
If you are looking for wet hypoallergenic cat food rather than dry, this article reviews different types of wet cat food suitable for hypoallergenic conditions.