The very simple answer is, it depends on you and how bad your allergies are. But now let’s assume you are determined to adopt a kitten or cat, or perhaps you already have one and are trying to manage your allergies. Read on fellow feline fanatic! As someone who has had three cats over the past 19 years (one cat as I am writing this article) and classified as ’highly allergic’, I have definitely picked up a few tips that should help you out. This post is all about cat allergies and if you can live with cats if you are allergic?
What causes cat allergies?
You might be wondering, which part of the feline am I actually allergic to? You could be thinking, ‘if I am allergic to the saliva, I will just make sure my cat doesn’t lick me’. Well, it is a little more complicated then that. And more then likely you are allergic to proteins that are found in the saliva, skin cells and even your cat’s pee. Yes, pee.
Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.Mayo Clinic
Will my cat allergies go away?
The truth is, your cat allergies will not go away. However, they could become less severe as your immune system gradually gets used to the proteins you are allergic to. My personal experience is, my allergies have become a little less severe. Counting on allergies getting better is not a good strategy though, because even if you are fortunate enough to get a little relief over time, it will be small and there are no guarantees. The fact is, your allergies could get much worse after adopting a cat because the hair, skin cells, saliva etc. will cover your home and furniture over time.
I still want a furry companion, what should I do about the cat allergies?
Great job on staying true to your true feline fanaticism! *Virtual high-five* fellow warrior. Now let’s get to work as there are several things you can and should do to alleviate your kitty cat allergies.
Ways To Manage Your Allergies To Cats
See an allergy specialist who will probably tell you not to adopt a cat if you are allergic. However, they will also help you even if you do go through with the adoption. An Allergist will be able to test you for ALL the things you are allergic to. This is great if you want to
blame other find out what else causes you to sneeze so that you can eliminate those elements, as much as possible. For example, I am allergic to cats but I am also allergic to dust. Since I am allergic to dust it is best for me to have a cleaning service come in regularly. The cleaning service eliminates Finnegan’s cat hair as well as dust and particles that also bring about allergy attacks. By not cleaning the dust and hair myself, I completely eliminate attacks I would normally have. Getting an allergy test also showed me which elements I am most allergic to and provided a list of almost everything on the face of the planet that causes me to have an adverse effect on my immune system. When I know pollen is going to be high (another element I am allergic to) I am sure to close my windows and use air conditioning. Getting an Allergist will help you manage all the substances your body doesn’t like. This is key to your overall health and well worth the time and effort!
- Groom Your Cat Regularly
Brushing your cat regularly will help minimize shedding on your furniture. By grooming your cat (daily for long-haired cats, weekly for short-hair) you can keep the fur from spreading all over the place. Your cat will also love the attention!
Finnegan’s favorite brush is one by HARTZ. Finn has very sensitive skin so it is important that the bristles have those little plastic balls on them. That makes the rubbing gentler and easier on his skin, but the bristles are hard enough to groom loose fur.
- Groom Yourself Regularly
One good thing that has come from Covid19 is bringing hand-washing back as an almost obsession. This is a good thing for people allergic to their pets. As soon as you are done grooming, brushing or petting your cat, wash your hands. Wash them good, with soap. Now touch your face or rub your eyes.
If your cat loves to help you pick out what clothes to wear in the morning, be sure to use a lint roller after he has blessed you with his cat fur.
If your cat sleeps on your head, be sure to get a solid shampooing in before you start your day. Wash your pillowcases and sheets regularly especially if your cat sleeps with you. (duh, of course he does) Keeping yourself and your clothes washed will go along way in preventing an allergy attack.
If your fur baby has issues with his litter box and starts to wee on the floor or spray on your furniture, or vomit on your floor (all elements filled with allergic stimulating proteins!), I urge you to try Rocco & Roxie. Read more about Rocco and Roxie in, How To Use Odor And Pet Stain Remover.
- Adopt a Hairless or Short-Hair Cat
Getting a kitty cat with short-hair or that is completely bald can help the allergy problem, but probably will not completely eliminate it. There are several cats known for being easier on the sneezer, so check with your Vet and any friends who may have Sphynx cats. These articles may be helpful too.
- Get an Air Filter
Purchasing an air filter can be game changing for people with cats who are allergic to cats. Be sure to get a HEPA filter as it can remove even the tiniest particles. You can find lots of product reviews on the internet to determine with is best for you. I personally like to use the reviews on Amazon as they tend to be honest and sometimes have a detailed review, with pictures and videos and everything.
Concatulations, if you made it this far, you either have your cat already or are bound and determined to get her! Enjoy your new feline, and be sure to take of your allergies so you can be free from too many attacks. Once you get your tools in place, it is definitely possible to be close to allergy free if not completely! I am curious, what have you tried and been successful doing to manage your cat allergies so the do not manage you? What has worked, what has not?
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