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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Strange reaction to Rabbit

One of my cats Panther, he is allergic to beef and lamb in raw form. He will throw up right away. Now I am not sure if he is allergic to rabbit.

For rabbit, I make a batch from the same rabbit in a big mixing bowl, and then freeze them in different containers. And thaw time one at a time when needed.

About 4 months ago, I tried to give my cats rabbit for the first time. The first container of rabbit Panther was doing ok with it. Then about 1 week later, I gave Panther another container of rabbit, and he threw up. The same container of food was given to my other cat and he was ok with it.

Last week, I let them try rabbit again from a different batch (different rabbit). Both of them did fine. Today, I gave them another rabbit meal from a different container with same batch of food, and Panther threw up again right after eating it.

I do not understand how Panther will be okay with one container, but not with another.

Can anyone give me some comments about this?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 08:47 AM
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Some cats just don't like raw food. I had one that vomited after eating raw, and for whatever reason couldn't tolerate it. So it was canned food for him which he was very happy to eat.
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Some cats just don't like raw food. I had one that vomited after eating raw, and for whatever reason couldn't tolerate it. So it was canned food for him which he was very happy to eat.
Panther has been eating raw since he was 4 months old. I am trying to see why the same meat from the same rabbit, prepared at the same time will work the first time, but not the second time I fed him.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2010, 09:16 AM
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My cat is the same way with lamb and beef, she is allergic to both and will throw both up right after, even in tiny amounts.

I haven't tried rabbit yet but after reading this I am scared to!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2010, 10:26 AM
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I have heard, at least in humans, that the first exposure to something new doesn't necessarily cause a reaction because the body hasn’t yet developed the antibodies that cause the allergic reaction.. It is the subsequent exposures that cause a reaction.

Maybe that is what is going on.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2010, 07:48 PM
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There are so many reasons cats throw up that it really doesn't make sense to jump right to allergies as the culprit. Just a few reasons are: too much food in one meal, eating too fast, food's too cold, the cat's swallowing chunks that are too big for comfort, hairballs (although these happen substantially less frequently on a raw diet), ingestion of foreign materials, and so on.

Also, a transition from canned or kibble to raw requires an adjustment in a cat's digestive and elimination system - diarrhea or vomiting at the start of the transition is not an unexpected event and is certainly not cause for alarm (or giving up on the benefits of raw).

Raw food allergies are actually fairly rare and occur far, FAR less frequently than allergies to commercially produced products.

Koobe, why don't you give me a call? We need to figure out what's going on with your kitties.
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