Allergic to raw ground premix?
Hi, I have a cat that is having an allergic reaction to something, and I'm wondering if it's in the TC Feline (US version) that I am using. He (Lewis) is 15 years and this summer was diagnosed with pancreatitis and IBD (did not do blood test for lymphoma). He had a feeding tube for awhile and was put on Budesonide. He had been eating canned food, mostly chicken and fish. We switched to rabbit and duck (canned). In November I started feeding ground raw (boneless turkey, duck, and rabbit) and the TC Feline with chicken liver premix. All my cats love the food and mix. I went with boneless because I figured it was a good start. I chose TC Feline because I thought bone meal would be better than other calcium options. Since then, his brother (Clark) has been diagnosed with bladder cancer so we are going to keep off real bone. I don't want to complicate Clark's situation. Anyway, since going raw, Lewis has developed many (25?) hot spots along his back and sides, about the size of a pencil eraser, and he's not happy. There are no fleas in sight, so I'm looking internally. I wondered if it was a reaction to the Budesonide so asked the vet if we could wean him off since he has no vomiting or diarrhea. She wasn't sure it would cause this reaction but agreed to try weaning him off. He's now down to .125ml per day. She's being very cautious and going slowly. In looking at his foods, I can stop the raw turkey since that's close to chicken. Would real chicken liver help over the spray dried in the premix? Should I try beef liver? I've read all cats don't like it and in the past Lewis never liked canned beef meals. If I use real liver I could switch to Alnutrin as the premix which removes whey protein and kelp from the diet, but that's changing the calcium source. Since I also have a kitten in the house, is that okay for her? This is probably far too many questions for one post, but any advice or suggestion is welcome. My vet is supportive about a raw diet but is not a nutritionist. Any practical experience in this area would be a help. Thanks!