The majority of allergies to cats are actually an allergic reaction to the cat’s saliva. Technically, you are allergic to the glycoprotein Fel d 1, secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands and Fel d 4, found in saliva.
Since a cat grooms and bathes itself frequently, the saliva gets on the cat’s fur and dander. When a cat sheds fur and dander, this adds allergens to your environment.
To help limit the amount of allergens in your environment to cut down on any allergic reaction to your cat, you need to decrease the amount of fur and dander shed.
Tips to fighting cat allergens
- Brush your cat every day to remove loose fur and dander – a Furminator type tool works great for this.
- Wipe down your cat daily with wipes made specifically for cats.
- Once a week, treat your cat with Allerpet C.
- Feed your cat a grain free diet.
- Keep your pet out of your bedroom.
- Wash hands after petting the cat and/or use a hand sanitizer frequently.
- In extreme cases, a good HEPA air cleaner will help draw the dander out of the air.
- A vacuum with a HEPA filter will also help decrease the amount of dander in your home.
There are now a number of different types of wipes made specifically for cats. Some are labeled as allergy reducing and these are probably the best to use. However, any cat bath wipe will help reduce dander.
After the daily brushing of your cat, wipe your cat’s body down once a day with one of these pet wipes, being careful to avoid their face.
Before you apply the Allerpet C, groom your cat with a fine to medium toothed metal comb for cats, removing as much loose hair and debris as possible.
Then, wet a washcloth with Allerpet C and thoroughly run it over your cat. Try to treat all the way to the skin, first wiping against the lay of your cat's hair then with it. Please note that there is no need to drench your cat with the liquid. Once you're finished you can simply dry your cat with a towel, no rinsing required.
For cats that shed heavily, you may have to treat them more than once a week. And during drier weather when a cat may shed more, you can use Allerpet C in a spray bottle between applications by lighting spraying a fine misting of Allerpet C on your cat’s fur and rubbing it in. Again, be careful to keep it away from your cat’s eyes and mouth.
Grain Free Diet
The better quality diet you feed your cat, the less dander they will have. Further supplementing your cat’s diet with omega-3 fatty acids will also help. You can add omega-3 fatty acids to your cat’s diet giving them treats or supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids.
Please note that although grain-free kibble is slightly more expensive than the more conventional grain filled brands, you will feed your cat less of it because it is more filling. So it actually ends up costing about the same.
Further limiting contact with cat dander
Allergies often seem worse at night. We constantly hear complaints from people losing sleep because of allergies to their cat. You need to train your cat that the bedroom is off limits, even when you are not there.
When a cat sleeps on your bed they leave behind dander. You need to keep your bedroom allergen free to prevent an allergic reaction letting you get a good night’s sleep.
HEPA filters in vacuums trap the fur and dander while the filters in air purifiers can filter and process the air in your home and render it much cleaner and easier to breathe.
Limit your allergies and keep your beloved cat
Taking all of these precautions will surely decrease the amount of cat fur and dander in your home and will help prevent the allergic reaction that makes you think you cannot live with a cat.
Control your environment and allergies and enjoy the company and joy of a cat companion!
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