How to Minimize Your Cat Allergies
15 March, 2017
Some people are simply allergic to cats and it makes it difficult to be around them. If you are one of those people, than allergy shots or medication is usually the best route to combat them. However, if you only have minimal allergies to cats, there are many ways to keep your allergies at bay.
The dander which is a protein that attaches itself to your cat’s dried skin is the real culprit in causing cat allergies. Cat dander is more than just cat hair; dander is the skin cells, saliva, and other proteins that can cause your body to release histamine, an immune system protein that’s ultimately to blame for your miserable symptoms.
Below are some tips to help you keep the allergies and dander away:
Get a test to see if you are even allergic to cats
An allergy specialist can determine the exact source of your allergic reactions by a simple prick of the skin on your arm or back. Who knows? Your allergies might be caused by something completely different that is not cat-related and then you can address the real source.
Designate your bedroom as a cat-free zone.
As hard as this is for you and your cat (s), it’s best to have your bedroom as a cat-free zone. Then you can start washing all the necessary items that might have dander in them. Allergen-proof covers are available on-line. Make sure to close your bedroom door when you are away for the day.
Consider a stand-alone HEPA filter or two placed strategically throughout your home.
HEPA filters remove tiny airborne pollutants, like dust mites, pollen, and pet dander, from the air you breathe. Within a given area stand-alone filters are typically more effective than a whole-house HEPA system. They don’t have to be that expensive and place a few throughout your home.
Wash all bedding in 140-degree hot water at least twice monthly.
If you wash your bedding twice a month, this will eliminate both dust mite and cat allergen (because we know some of you will still let them sneak up on the bed every now and then).
Vacuum up cat dander and hair with a high grade HEPA vacuum cleaner twice weekly.
Vacuum walls, carpet, flooring, chairs, and furniture…everywhere. Use the hand tools on the vacuum. Cat allergen particles are very small and invasive so you really have to do a thorough job. Good hand tools on your vacuum cleaner are the answer here.
Wash your hands immediately after petting your cat and do not rub your eyes.
Rubbing your eyes can result in itchy eyes for hours. Use a strong anti-bacterial soap to avoid this problem. Have anti-bacterial soap everywhere around your house.
Bathe your cat in anti-allergen shampoos
By keeping your cat bathed and clean, it can help keep the dander at bay. Alternatively, you can get a micro fiber cloth and just damp rub down the cats’ coats to rid it of visible dander. The majority of cats would prefer this to the highly dreaded bath and it’s much more effective.
Spray allergens away
Anti-allergen sprays are a convenient way to deactivate allergens. Allersearch ADS, made from plant-based, non-toxic substances, can be sprayed throughout the house to take the sting out of household dust by rendering allergens harmless.
Clean your litter box often
Cat allergen and/or dander is found in urine and is left in the litter box when your cat makes a deposit. To help prevent allergic reactions to the litter box, use a brand of litter that is less dusty and have someone in the household who is not allergenic clean the box. The Feline Pine litter is a great litter to help those with allergies.
Add Omega 3 Oil to Your Cat’s Diet
The addition of Omega-3 fatty acids to the diet will keep your cat’s skin supple and healthy. Many people who have put their cats on homemade or raw diets find have found their allergies have at least been reduced. If you can stop feeding your cat dry food where the most questionable ingredients and stray chemicals are found, that is very helpful for many reasons!
Build up your immunity
Like any other allergy, if you build up your immunity to cat dander, you can develop a tolerance for it. This can be done just by doing all of the above and remaining vigilant. If keeping the house clean and dander free helps your allergies, you could also be building an immunity as it is impossible to have all the cat hair and/or dander disappear.