I know a lot of cat owners who love their cats dearly but either have allergies or have someone else in the family that is affected. And, of course, we don’t want to get rid of our feline friends, but want help to combat the allergies for our friends or family members. Although cat allergy symptoms may never go away completely, they can usually be managed or minimized.
Below are some tips to help make your cat and/or home allergy- free.
Wash your hands immediately after petting your cat.
If you want to play with your cat, just make sure to wash your hands right after play time. If you mistakenly rub your eyes, you can have itchy eyes for hours. Make sure to use a strong anti-bacterial soap to avoid this problem.
Clean your cat.
Some people wash their cats to reduce the amount of allergen that is released from their cat into the air. Allerpet, a well-known brand of liquid that reduces cat allergen in the air, can be applied to your cat’s coat and is available from your local veterinarian. Another possibility is to purchase a micro fiber cloth and just rub down the cat’s coat to get rid of the visible dander. Most cats would prefer a ‘rub down’ than a bath. They might even enjoy it.
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Wash all bedding in 140-degree hot water at least twice monthly.
This eliminates both dust mite and cat allergen (because we know some of you will still let them sneak up on the bed every now and then).
Vacuum every day, everywhere!
Vacuum your walls, carpet, flooring, chairs, and furniture...everywhere. Use the hand tools on the vacuum. Cat allergen particles are very small and invasive so you really have to do a thorough job. Good hand tools on your vacuum cleaner are the answer here. Also, installing a central vacuum will help pick up the rest.
Use a vapor steam cleaner to clean your home.
In addition to vacuuming, vapor steam cleaners are now proven to be extremely helpful in killing off the cat proteins/dander, which are embedded in your carpets and upholstery. Steam cleaners provide a chemical-free way of cleaning and killing dust mites, bacteria, mold spores and cat allergen. If you don’t have one, it might be well worth the investment.
No more cats sleeping on the bed.
As much as we love our feline friends sleeping with us, you might have to consider that they sleep elsewhere. This is a small price to pay for allergy relief and you can get them their own comfortable bed. If you get your symptoms under control by all means invite them back, but give yourself a break while you are trying to minimize your symptoms.
I hope these tips help and your allergies either go away altogether or are at least minimized.
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