I am having great success right now with feeding Cammie Merrick tinned food. She has always preferred Fancy Feast over any other tinned food, and the ocean whitefish variety at that. But the condition which I consider an allergic reaction, and which I have described previously, continues to appear on the sides of her head. Certainly, it has not recurred in such a severe case as when she ate something with shrimp, or when she was given a Blue brand food, when she wasn’t eating anything else. But the reaction continued, small pink patches, slightly inflamed, with little pin-pricks of blood when the inflammation ruptured. They have been nothing dramatic, and have not been bothering the princess.
Even so, I believe that her tinned diet was the cause.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been giving her Merrick tinned food. She eats the surf ‘n’ turf variety, as well as the chicken, and has been, if not enthusiastic, then adequately approving of the menu. I have, in fact, been able to serve her as much of the Merrick as she had wanted of the Fancy Feast.
I have noticed a reduction in the allergy, such as I call it. There is less pink and fewer spots of blood, indicating, I believe, less inflammation to burst. Cammie still receives Fancy Feast ocean whitefish from time to time. There have been days when nothing else will do for her. Oddly, she does not respond well when I garnish some Merrick with a tiny amount of Fancy Feast to make it more alluring; the other cats go for this, but the princess will not touch adulterated food; pure Merrick or pure Fancy Feast, nothing in between.
I have stocked up on the three flavours of Merrick that have received practical approbation from the beasts (beef is the third). My cautious ‘right now’ in this entry’s first sentence is a reflection of how suddenly a cat’s appetite can alter, so I take Cammie’s liking for Merrick one day at a time. I still buy Fancy Feast, as it is a nice treat, something different, for the others, and does them no harm that I can see. But for my little Siamese, a special menu will continue to be used.