Human Allergies to Cats
Is there anything I can do to help decrease my allergies to my cat? I can’t bear thinking of finding her a new home! Help!
You are not alone when it comes to having allergies to cats. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 6-10 million Americans suffer right along with you. Human allergies to cats are generally based on reactions to a certain feline protein secreted in your cat’s dander (tiny particles released from the hair and skin), saliva and urine. The dander and dried saliva particles become airborne and get trapped in upholstery, curtains and carpets. By taking measures to reduce your exposure to these particles, it can be possible to live more comfortably with your beloved pet.
- Use an electrostatic high-efficiency particulate air cleaner known as a HEPA Filter to help clean the air.
- Frequent vacuuming and washing of curtains and rugs can help remove these particles from your environment. Linoleum, tile or wood floors without rugs are also helpful.
- Bathe your cat two times a month with a non-drying shampoo or brush and wipe her down with a damp cloth daily.
- Establish “no cat zones” in your house where your exposure to allergy causing particles will be limited. The bedroom should be one of these zones.
- Finally, speak to your doctor. There are new medications and allergy desensitizing protocols available that may help decrease your symptoms.