Q. She has very itchy skin, when we pet her she starts kicking and scratching. I wanted to try a different food with limited ingredients to try to help.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. first of all make sure you flea your cat regularly every month with a high quality spot on (ex. Advantage) as fleas are by far the most common reason for these reactions.
Try a good quality grain free dry food (e.g. Orijen, Accana, Evolve), transition to the new food gradually over a period of 10 days (every day put a little more from the new food and a little less from the old food). keep her o the food for 2 months to decide if it helps or not.
If all those fail to help, she might require medications such as Steroids, anti histamines or cyclosporin in order to stop the allergy.