Everything you want to know about cat allergies!
Cat allergies are very common and you are not alone. Cats are one of the most common household pets in the world. Around 50 % of all households own cats or dogs and most people have allergic reactions to their fur/dander.
People who suffer allergic reactions to cats is because of the dander of the cat not really the fur. The dander collects in the fur or other surfaces. It is basically dead skin that is shedding from a cat and looks like small flakes. Dander can also irritate your skin and since it can get into your immune system, it causes immediate allergic reactions.
Cat allergies or allergens are spread by the cat’s dander, blood, urine, and saliva. Even if the cat is not around, the excretions are still there and the allergens are still in the air and surroundings.
Cats also tend to groom themselves a lot, by rubbing their saliva into their fur. When this happens, they spread their dander and allergens around. Even if you bathe your cat often, they will still groom themselves often because it is a natural instinct for them to groom.
What are the symptoms of cat allergies?
- Stuffy nose
- Inflamed eyes
- A cat scratch can be itchy and inflamed
- Itchy eyes, nose, and inner ear
- Watery eyes
- Difficult breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic asthma
Some peoples reaction to allergies to cats are very different and some don’t have all the symptoms. Sometimes only 1 or 2 symptoms appears. It is very rare when a person gets a fever and starts to have chills but it can happen when the allergies is severe. If this happens, contact a doctor immediately.
The best treatments for cat allergies are Antihistamines and decongestants. Antihistamines are normally taken when people experience asthma attacks or other forms of allergies. Decongestants are taken when people are coughing and have swollen nasal passages. Doctors also give out allergy shots; these shots can prevent allergies and are a good form of treatment and prevention. But the best cure of all is not to have any cats and avoid contact with them.
Being allergic to cats is no fun at all and the symptoms may never go away, unless you get rid of your cat. This is a hard thing to do especially if you develop them years after owning your cat. I know this from experience and believe me; there is no way I can get rid of my cats.
So, here are some solutions to make life more manageable living with cat allergies.
- No cats in the bedroom, especially sleeping on the bed.
- Wash all beddings in hot water at least twice a month. Since like me, I sometimes can’t say no to my cats, and they still come and sleep on my bed.
- Use HEPA Air filters in the rooms your cats frequently are.
- Use vapor steam cleaners to clean your home.
- Vacuuming the house often, make sure to wear a dust mask. Make sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Washing your hands right after touching your cat.
- Confine your cat certain areas of your house.
- Brushing your cat outside of the house.
- Getting rid of carpet, if you can’t steam clean them often.
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