Thank you Merry, I appreciate the good thoughts. My husband is actually ready to start raising our own rabbits pretty soon, if I can't get this figured out, and honestly, I'm not at all opposed to this, simply because I would know every detail that went into the food.
Doodlebug. Believe me, I asked all these questions to the vet at UW Madison Vet Clinic, and yes, all the cats can have the same allergies at the same time. One of the things that severly effected this, is that because no one could help us, or knew what it was, they were on ivermectin for soooo long when the thought was parasites. The last vet I saw said in no way is this parasites, simply because of their lack of effect on their coats......ie: hair loss, and negative multiple skin scrapes. They shed terrible, but no real patches where loss has occured. They've also ruled out bacterial. But because they were on ivermectin for so long, it severly effected their immune system, which in turn can cause stress, and cause allergies because of the depleted immune system.
We have had our carpets cleaned, our air ducts cleaned, both professionally. I use all perfume free/dye free soaps on my clothes, all blankets, and in the shower. Their dishes are cleaned every time I feed. I scrub the floors at least once a week, again, very non-harmful chemical cleaner. I vaccum at least 3 times a week, and all of this was being done before, during, and after the initial improvements on the first batch of raw rabbit. Believe me, I've been down this road. The only time we saw ANY relief, was when they went on the raw rabbit meat from the very first supplier. They were doing phenominal up until that ran out, and then the quality I got from them just went down the s**t hole, and I had to cut ties with them. I had to put them back on Natures Variety Rabbit for about a month, and they itch on that also, because there is like 3 different types of bird eggs in there, one being chicken. Then I started the new supplier, and it got slightly better, but not much, and I realized that the added beef I put in didn't agree with them either. Next batch I made, I left out the beef, and they did better, but they are still itching. With the rabbit from the first supplier, it was within 1 1/2 weeks of starting it that Lucy, who I use to pretty much tell me how things are going, was shedding less, much less itching, and she was starting to get really full and fluffy again. You could just tell it was working, and progressively getting better up until I ran out of that.
Oh, also, all of my supplements are the same from first batch of rabbit except one, my fish oil, and I'm doing a test right now to see if that could be a possibility. I took one of them completely off of it. After speaking with a natural food professional, she said that the way some of these companies process this stuff, is just horrible, especially the one I had bought. I went the cheap route, rather than buying the expensive good stuff. Otherwise nothing has changed. Honestly, I don't think this is what it is though.
The next step would be to actually do the allergy testing at UW Madison, but they are 4 hours away from us, and to do the testing is a minimum
of $2,000, on top of the over $2,000 I've already spent. I never went through with it for 2 reasons, one being, Dave said NO, and at that time is when the first batch of raw rabbit was progressively making things better.
I'm not ready to give up on the food allergy thing yet, it's the only thing that made any positive changes for them. If worse comes to worse, I am going to go back to the first supplier, and I will go there myself, and stand side by side with that old man as he processes my order, to make sure it's done right!