The allergic cat that couldn’t get the cream – poorly puss is allergic to being a cat
Meet Munchkin – the poorly puss who’s ALLERGIC to being a cat.
Louise Bean, 48, and her husband Paul, 68, from Hull, East Yorks, were terrified their long haired mixed-breed cat was suffering from a head injury when her head kept spasming.
But a visit to her vet revealed that Munchkin had developed a long list of allergies to every cat’s favourite treats – including fish, cream, milk, chicken and tinned cat food.
But after adapting a special diet for Munchkin, consisting of specialist dried food, the adorable moggy is now back to being fighting fit.
Louise said: “We noticed that Munchkin’s head would go into spasm and we thought that she might have suffered a head injury.
“We thought that she was having a stroke at first before anybody managed to work out what was going on. We were very worried.
Over the next 10 months, Louise and Paul travelled back and forth to the vet for an endless series of tests as Munchkin’s condition deteriorated and her whole body began to spasm on a regular basis.
When she wasn’t suffering an attack, Louise was also troubled by Munchkin’s seemingly never-ending need to clean herself.
Louise said: “We were taking Munchkin to the vet for tests for about 10 months.
“Before we knew what we going on, Munchkin was back and forth every week, with her convulsions happening every day.
“She had also developed behaviour where she was excessively grooming.”
Louise, Paul and Munchkin’s traumatic episode was only resolved when their vet realised that the convulsing cat was in fact allergic to everything she was eating and began injecting her with steroids.
Louise said: “The vet found that by giving her steroid injections, the fitting is under control.
“She still has to have a steroid injection every month, but the vet has managed to find something that she can eat it’s a special type of dried food.
“She can’t have milk, fish, cat food she’s allergic to everything.
“Munchkin has eaten us out of house and home, but she has won our hearts.
“She still does groom herself a lot, but not nearly as much as she used to.
“We can tell if she hasn’t had her steroid injection as she immediately increases the amount she grooms.
“Munchkin seems to be ok now, although I have still never seen her catch a mouse – so at least we can be grateful for that.”