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Q. My indoor cat shakes his head a lot and it's been going on for a while. Vet did not see anything like mites, but the shaking isn't stoping. Help?

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A. Call your vet back and explain your concerns. Sometimes itching at the ears could also be a food allergy. Ask your vet if they think it could be a food allergy and what they would recommend. Your cat more than likely eats a mainly corn and/or chicken diet. Higher quality foods are grain-free which could also help. Maybe try switching to a food with the main ingredient of duck. When your pet has a food allergy you must not give them anything but their specific food (Such as duck only canned and kibble diet). If you'd like to investigate it further with your vet you can ask to do an allergy test to see what your cat is specifically allergic to.

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