There are many ways how you can prevent and/or reduce allergens causing allergy to cat you get in touch with. The following list provides you many possibilities how to live with a cat if you are allergic to it.
18 ways to minimize impact of allergy to cats
- Do not let your cat to every room, especially bedroom. The cat should not be allowed into your bed as it can drop many allergens in it. It should have its own bed. Do not even let your cat to your laundry room to your freshly washed clothes or similar.
- Wash cat’s bedding in hot water at least once a week.
- Wash your hands after handling your cat and refrain from touching your face or eyes.
- If you have been cuddling with each other before bedtime, you should have a shower first so you do not bring the allergen into your bed.
- Wash your cat once, ideally twice a week to help reduce the allergen on its fur. Studies have shown that the accumulation of cat’s allergen on it’s body is restored within two days. Take care to pick only safe, non-drying herbal animal shampoo that is proven by other users and friendly to your cat. Also, do not forget to wash its face as the facial area contains more allergens than the body itself studies says.
- Instead of washing your cat you can use products developed for the purpose of reducing cat`s allergen, e.g. Allerpet Wipes. Concretely with this one you cleanse cat’s fur and reducing the allergen left on its hair.
- Keep the house as clean as possible by e.g. washing floors with hot water to eliminate allergen particles.
- Try not to have carpets inside your home, you should replace it with hard floor only. Additionally, try to replace drapes and curtains with non-fabric windows coverings. Further, try to avoid upholstered furniture if possible.
- We recommend you to use dusting sprays while dusting in order to minimize dust spread.
- Reducing and/or eliminating of other types of allergens at your home helps mitigate the effects of Fel D1 allergen and prevents development of more allergic reactions and asthma. These include e.g. dust, smoke, chemicals, pollen or molds.
- Keep cat litter in a well-ventilated area. Prioritize dust free litter before other ones.
- Take care what your cat eats. Feed it balanced, species-appropriate, grain free (=anti-inflammatory) food. You can reduce the allergenic quality of cat’s saliva by reducing or eliminating the allergenic and genetically modified food it eats.
- Eventually, make sure your cat’s diet is enriched by optimal levels of essential fatty acids in order to reduce shedding and dander.
- Allow your cat to go outside by creating outdoor enclosures if applicable. It will leave some of the allergens outside instead of keeping them at your home.
- It is recommended to wash your clothes often and to prefer wearing clothes made out of cotton over wool.
- Use an air cleaner to help get rid the air of allergens and other pollutants.
- Eventually, you can get your cat neutered as this will lead to lower the amount of Fel d1 secreted.
- If the troubles still do not go away, consider getting allergy shots. Even though allergy shots do not cure allergies, they will help your body to get used to allergens as it mitigates the effects of allergic reactions.