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    Floor Cleaner that's safe for cats?

    My cat has an allergy to something. Her mouth gets irritated and inflamed. We've taken her to the vet and they just said it's an allergy to something and it might just always be there. Unless it gets infected or very large, we don't need to worry as it doesn't seem to bother her. They told us to feed her in stainless steel bowls and to clean them every night. Didn't help.

    I think I've figured it out though. Sometimes she likes to eat her food off the floor. She'll use her paw to spill out a drop of food, and she'll eat it off the floor. She also likes to flick her water out of the bowl with her paws and make a mess on the floor as well. I don't think she licks the water off the floor though. Just likes to play in it.

    I'm wondering if the fact she eats off the floor sometimes (not always) is causing these sores. I don't clean the floor every day under her food, but I'm thinking I need to start.

    What would the best product be to clean with and kill any bacteria? I don't want any chemicals to give her a reaction either.

    Would vinegar be something safe? Or maybe that would not smell good to her and she wouldn't eat?

    (ETA: I'm sorry I posted this in the wrong place I think)

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    White vinegar is a good cleaner, I'd clean the floor around her bowl every day, just spray with vinegar and water, wipe it off, then with just water.

    I doubt it s your floor cleaner, though. What food does she eat?


    I am a human who is allergic to most cleaners, myself!

    And no problem, I moved it to Cat Health for you!
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    It's the only thing we can think of. She's eating Purina One food right now. And Iams wet food (which they ate at the shelter and is pretty much the only wet she'll eat). We thought it was from the plastic bowls we had before. The vet suggested to change them to stainless steel but it hasn't helped. Which made me think maybe I wasn't doing a good job of cleaning the floors.

    She's been on this food for 8 months now and she just started having this problem about a month ago. She's 11 months old. Can an allergy come out of no where like that? Or is there something we're doing differently in the last month that could have caused this?

    We WILL be changing the food soon though as she will be needing the adult food. We will be starting to switch her this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKit View Post
    It's the only thing we can think of. She's eating Purina One food right now. And Iams wet food (which they ate at the shelter and is pretty much the only wet she'll eat). We thought it was from the plastic bowls we had before. The vet suggested to change them to stainless steel but it hasn't helped. Which made me think maybe I wasn't doing a good job of cleaning the floors.

    She's been on this food for 8 months now and she just started having this problem about a month ago. She's 11 months old. Can an allergy come out of no where like that? Or is there something we're doing differently in the last month that could have caused this?
    Sadly, allergies CAN come out of nowhere. I can attest to that, from personal experience!

    Purina One has many different kinds, I would look for a grain-free food, or a simple lamb and rice one, and try transitioning her onto that to see if it goes away.

    Cats do not NEED grain - corn is often the cause for a cat's allergies, or wheat, and when I looked at the Ingredient list for Purina One Inddor only, it said
    :Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soy flour, whole grain corn, fish meal, dried yeast, powdered cellulose, soy protein isolate, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), :
    most of which is not good for cats to ingest! The turkey is fine, but everything else is an immediate red flag!
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    If it is indeed the food, and I changed the food to a better, higher quality kind, how long do you think it would take for the allergy to clear up? I have two cats, so after the first bag is finished, should I see results?

    The prices of the "better" cat foods are like, 3X what I pay now. I would only stick to it if it got rid of her allergy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissKit View Post
    If it is indeed the food, and I changed the food to a better, higher quality kind, how long do you think it would take for the allergy to clear up? I have two cats, so after the first bag is finished, should I see results?

    The prices of the "better" cat foods are like, 3X what I pay now. I would only stick to it if it got rid of her allergy.
    It will take a couple weeks, most likely. Look around and read ingredient lists, and the good thing is, with a better quality food, you end up needing to feed less, so it often is not much more expensive in the long run. Their bodies cannot digest all that grain anyway, so they need more to get the "good stuff" in them!
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