If you think you may be allergic to cats, it’s important for you to know that this is quite a common problem and that, contrary to what you may think, there are many remedies that can help you improve or completely get rid of the symptoms, enabling you to be around your best friends, us cats J.
Cat allergy symptoms are not very different from those of other type of allergies, so it’s perfectly normal for you to notice an itchy feeling in your eyes, nose or even your mouth. Also quite frequently, sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose, runny eyes and even asthma.
So, we recommend that, before starting any type of treatment, you go to see your allergy specialist to have the appropriate tests done to be able to identify the type of allergy you have. Once your allergy to cats has been confirmed, we also recommend that you go to see the veterinarian to clear up all your questions and more than likely to do away with more than one misconception in this regard.
For example, did you know that not all cats cause allergies to the same degree? Male cats produce a greater number of allergens, so if you’re thinking of adopting, it will be best to choose a female, or if you are already living with a cat, the best recommendation would be to have your male cat neutered, given that neutered male cats produce fewer allergenic particles.
Remedies, guidelines and recommendations
The first thing you should do is make a commitment to groom and brush your cat more often. It goes without being said that this task must be done by someone who is not allergic to cats. This way you will manage to get rid of particles like dander.
Keeping the house clean is also important. We recommend that you do your housecleaning using a cleaning system well-suited to eliminating airborne particles, and if the person allergic to cats is the one who is going to be cleaning the house, that you wear gloves and a mask so as not to come in contact with these substance when dusting.
Another aspect to take into account is your home décor. Don’t overdo on furniture and materials that tend to collect dust, such as carpets or other decorative elements. Besides, it would be a good idea to prevent your cat from spending a lot of time in rooms or on surfaces you normally use often. Don’t allow your cat get up on the furniture or go into your bedroom.
Bear in mind that we cats are very independent animals, and if you prepare a space for us with a comfortable bed, we’ll be more than happy to spend part of our time there and respect your personal space.
Lastly, we recommend that you talk to your physician about prescribing some type of specific treatment and that you also talk to your veterinarian or pet shops, where they can give you advice concerning products and lotions you can use on your cat for relieving your symptoms.
As you can see, there are many remedies enabling you to keep close to your cat despite your allergy, but as we always recommend to you, before making any decision, ask the specialists, because they will be able to provide you with advice as to the most appropriate measures to enable you to be around us as much as possible.