If you are a person allergic to cats, you are not alone. A large part of the world’s population suffers from one or more allergic disorders (an estimated 30 to 40%) and experts comment that the prevalence of allergic disease has increased worldwide.
Allergy to cats is caused by proteins that are secreted in the cat’s skin, saliva and urine. When these proteins are transported to the air or adhere to inanimate objects, from there they spread to the air and that is when their symptoms will be exacerbated.
Here are some very simple guidelines that can help you live without too much discomfort with your feline pet.
Measures aimed at limiting the spread of allergens produced by the cat
- Bathe your cat weekly: This measure can decrease the concentration of skin allergens by up to 84%. Use a shampoo formulated for pets.
- Brush the cat every day:Brushing removes loose hair and dandruff, helping to reduce allergens in the environment. It can also reduce the cat’s need to fix itself, decreasing the distribution of the saliva – and its proteins – that they distribute through the grooming process.
- A person who does not have a cat allergy should brush. Preferably, in a room that the allergic person does not use or in a remote area.
- Spay or neuter your cat: It is known that this decreases the production of allergens.
Measures aimed at reducing the reaction of the allergic person to cats
- Get the diagnosis:The GP will use a skin prick test or a blood test to detect allergies. You may discover that the allergic reaction is in response to something else, such as mold, dust mites or another pet.
- Wash your hands often: above all, immediately after touching the cat. In this way, you will avoid taking your pet’s hands with the remains of your pet to the nose or other parts of the body.
- Avoid having a lot of cats because the more cats you have at home, the higher the concentration of allergens in your home.
- Change your diet:It is known that a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the amount of allergic reactions. Additionally, it is believed that taking an additional dose of vitamin C may help keep sneezing at bay.
- Other supplements, such as zinc picolinate and cod liver oil, also have antiallergic properties and can help manage your cat’s allergy.
- Reduce pollution: The person who is allergic to cats, should bathe and change clothes frequently. The habit of showering before bedtime is especially important to reduce pollution of the rest area. On the other hand, it would be convenient to sleep in a room without cats.
Measures to be implemented at home
- Avoid “dry” cleaning (using brooms and dusters) that can spray with pet allergens. Instead, use statically charged cleaning products or damp rags and mops that trap and eliminate allergens.
- Use HEPA filters:In addition to using a HEPA filter in heating and cooling systems, it is advisable to use an air purifier with a HEPA filter in the room where pets spend most of their time. This will reduce the concentration of allergens about 5 or 7 times.
- Additionally, vacuum your home daily with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Without this filter, the vacuum could spread the allergen over more surfaces in your home. Vacuum floors, upholstery and curtains or blinds.
- Put the cat a bed or blanket in each room:This will allow you to catch as much skin and dandruff as possible so you can clean it more easily later.
- Keep cat-free areas in your home: one of those places should be the bedroom. Keeping allergens out of the sleeping space, as much as possible, can be of great help.
If you are a cat allergic person, keep these guidelines in mind so you can live peacefully with your pets.