my 9 month old male devon has developed a dermatitis that has costed me much in terms of drugs, vets, exams these last 4 months..he started scratching the base of his ears badly, so I went to the normal vet who gave him antibiotics for malassetia, then an anti-flea treatment (stronghold) and ear drops. The problem seemed to get betted but then it got worse again. I took it to the vet dermatologist, she made some exams with no evident results, said she was suspecting either a flea problem or a micotic problem, so gave him more anti-flea (in quite strong dosis) and anti-micotic drugs. After that, he started scratching like a desperate under his chin and neck, which made me suspect that he was having a reaction to the anti-flea treatment. In all this time, the sister who lives with him has never had any problem, which made me think that maybe he has a food allergy issue that makes him more prone to skin problems (also because the cat is healthy apart from that).
I have always fed him with Royal Canin (starting with Kitten and then switched to Indoor a couple of months ago under the vet's advice. He thought Kitten might have too many proteins.)
Now I went again to the dermatologist and she said that yes, probably there is a food allergy going on. So she suggested to try different meat protein (chicken, rabbit, lamb etc) for a certain amount of time eg a month and find out if he gets better. She suggested to give fresh meat, boiled, instead of the dried food, adding some vegetables like broccoli. The problem with this is that:
1) it is quite more convenient for me to give dried food rather than fresh meat + vegetables. First of all it is time-consuming to cook a fresh-meat meal twice a day for 2 cats, and if I have to leave home, it's complicated to ask a cat-sitter to come and cook the meat.
2) I don't know what is the right amount of meat I should give, while instead for dried food I have the indications in the bag, which are vet-approved
3) is meat alone enough in terms of all the nutrients?
4) the breeder always recommended me to feed them dried food in a dispenser so that it can be always available, because since they have less hair than normal cat devon rex disperse heat and need to eat more and have always food available. now that autumn is coming, I don't want to leave them feeling cold cause they don't have food available.
I know that here are many dried food brands that have developed hypoallergenic dried food, and there is even grain-free food, I would be eager to try them instead of feeding the cat fresh meat.. but this would go against the vet's advice so I'm a bit unsure.. what do you think? do you have any experience you can share?
Thanks all in advance!