Cat dander, also known as feline dander, is tiny particles of skin that cats shed. It is made up of dead skin, fur, and saliva. All cats produce dander, but some cats produce more than others, especially if they are not groomed regularly. This post is all about how to reduce cat dander.
What Causes Cat Dander?
My experience with felines and cat dander is cold weather is a primary culprit. Although my cats have had dandruff in warmer climates, it was nothing like the colder months. It just gets so dry out, their skin and coats are greatly effected.
The main cause of cat dander is the cat’s dry, dead skin. Cats shed their skin cells regularly, just like humans do. This shedding is usually more noticeable in long-haired cats, but all cats shed some skin cells. These cells become airborne and can cause an allergic reaction when inhaled. Another cause of cat dander is cat dandruff. Cat dandruff is similar to human dandruff in that it is caused by dry, itchy skin.
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How to Reduce Cat Dander
It is important to keep your cat’s skin well hydrated in order to reduce the amount of dandruff it produces. Regular brushing and grooming can also help to reduce the amount of dander your cat produces. Cats are amazing companions, but they can also be a source of dander. Dander can cause allergies and other respiratory issues, so it’s important to take steps to keep it under control.
My tuxedo cat Finnegan gets dander in the winter. This was pretty much how it was for my (RIP) tuxedo cat Madison too. Although Madison suffered from dander more than Finnegan, I think it was because he was on the streets for his first 4-5 years of life. This is why I believe getting a daily grooming routine in place when your feline is young, will help as he gets older.
On the other hand, my Tabby cat, Abigail (RIP) had an oiler coat. She did also get a little bit of dry skin in the winter, but nothing like Madison. She started with me younger at around 1 year old. She also loved, I mean LOVED, moist food. Moist food will definitely help your cat’s skin and coat stay hydrated.
WHEN A CAN OF MOIST CRACKED OPEN AROUND ABIGAIL
Here are 10 Ways to Reduce Dander in Your Cat
Regular brushing is essential for controlling dander in cats. It helps to remove excess fur, dander, and debris from the coat that can otherwise become airborne and trigger allergies. Be sure to use a brush designed specifically for cats and groom them at least once a week.
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Bathing your cat regularly is another great way to reduce the amount of dander in your home. Use a gentle, hypoallergenic cat shampoo and aim for a bath every month or two.
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Feeding your cat moist food can help to reduce dander. Moist food helps to keep the coat healthy and supple, which helps to reduce shedding.
Vacuuming your home regularly helps to remove excess fur and dander from the air. Focus on frequently used rooms and any other areas your cat may frequent.
A handheld vacuum can be a great way to quickly pick up dander that was left by your cat that you cannot see. If your cat (like mine) goes back to the same spot to sleep and lay frequently, she is just collecting her own hair and dandruff. Doing daily or weekly vacuums on furniture can really help her overall dandruff challenges.
I personally like a cordless one and I love Bissell!
Invest in the right tools to help you groom your cat. Look for pet-specific grooming tools, such as combs, brushes, and clippers.
Wipe down surfaces, vacuum furniture, and use a damp cloth to clean walls and floors. This helps to remove any lingering dander, fur, and dust.
My go to for wiping down furniture is Lysol.
Air purifiers help to remove allergens and dander from the air. Look for one with a HEPA filter and change the filter regularly.
Lint rollers are a great way to remove excess fur and dander from furniture, clothing, and other surfaces.
I know this sounds weird, but Finnegan even likes to get a roll! 😂 The sticky lint rollers pick up his loose hair but it is not too sticky to be at all painful.
I think they even have pet specific rollers now, but honestly I still get regular Scotch-Brite
Keep Windows Closed
Keeping your windows closed can help to reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens that can get into your home and trigger allergies.
Invest in allergen-proof bedding for your cat and keep it clean and fresh. This can help to reduce the amount of dander and fur in your home.
Cause for Cat Allergies
Cat dander is one of the most common causes of allergies in humans, and it is important to understand what causes it and how to reduce it. Cat saliva can also trigger allergies in humans. Cat saliva contains proteins that can cause an allergic reaction when inhaled. This can be especially problematic if your cat likes to lick itself, as it will spread the saliva around its body and increase the amount of airborne allergens.
Just knowing that your cat’s dander will make your allergies and sinuses worse, should be an additional motivator to keep her well hydrated and groomed. Not only will tending to your cat’s coat and skin alleviate her itchiness, it will give you lots of relief too!
In conclusion, cat dander is a common cause of allergies in humans. It is important to understand what causes it and how to reduce it. Regular brushing and grooming can help to reduce the amount of dander your cat produces, and keeping your cat’s skin well hydrated can help to reduce the amount of dandruff it produces. Additionally, it is important to keep your cat’s saliva from becoming airborne in order to reduce the risk of allergies.
Until next time, purr forward!
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