How To Deal With Cat Allergies Instead Of Giving Up Your Pet

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So you love hanging out with your pet cat. But every time you do, you get rashes, watery eyes, itches, wheezing, coughing and sneezing. This could mean only one heartbreaking truth – you’re allergic to your cat! But hold on, there’s a silver lining. You don’t have to give up your feline friend. There are ways to deal with being allergic to your cat while still living under the same roof. Below are some tips on living with cat allergies.

Put his litter box somewhere far from your living space

You might think that you are allergic to your cat’s hair, but the cause of your allergy is actually a protein called Fel d1 present in cat’s saliva and urine. So their litter box is full of allergy triggers. It is best to place them in rooms like your garage or basement. Always ask someone else to clean litter boxes. If this is not possible, wear a mask and gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.

Reduce number of mats and carpets

Mats, carpets and rugs can accumulate a large amount of cat allergens. If you are allergic to your cat, it is best to use hardwood flooring, and not use rugs and mats in the house. If this is not possible, make sure to steam, clean or vacuum your carpets as regularly as possible.

Make your bedroom cat-free

It is a good idea not to allow your cat into your room. This way, you can sleep better and breathe easily without worrying. It is a safe space for yourself within the house. If this is not possible, try to keep your cat away from your bed. Remember to wash your curtains and sheets, as well as your cat’s bedding regularly.

Bathe your cat regularly

Although it may sound difficult and impossible, try to bathe your cat at least once a week. This will help in reduction of his dander levels. If possible, ask someone to do this task for you. In case it is a daily bath is impossible, try using cleansing wipes.

Use air purifiers and vacuums

Air purifiers are great to purify the air of allergens and other impurities. Vacuums with HEPA filters are also a good investment in combating cat allergy. They can trap tiny particles like dander from your carpets, rugs, curtains and furniture. Although a bit expensive, HEPA air purifiers work even better.

Wash and clean

It may seem pretty obvious but washing and cleaning your house, yourself and your cat regularly and thoroughly can work wonders. Keep your house and furniture fur-free as much as possible, wash your hands or have a bath after cuddling or spending time with your cat, and remember to keep your cat itself clean.

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