If you’re a cat lover, there’s fewer more frustrating things than getting close to a kitty only for allergies to flare up. Many people suffer from allergies, with symptoms including sneezing, itchy eyes, swelling in the throat and rashes on the chest or face, but the attraction of getting close to a cat is often too hard to resist. Luckily, if you’re a cat owner there are a few things that you can do to help reduce allergic reactions, find out more below.
What causes allergies?
Contrary to what many people think, allergies are not caused by a reaction to your pet’s hair, they are caused by a reaction to dander. Dander is a fine dust that comes from the dead skin of an animal – a little bit like dandruff. These pet allergens are widely distributed in the air due to their size which makes it hard to avoid breathing them in.
Grooming tips to help reduce allergies
Regular grooming can help reduce the amount of dander that is released in your home, clothes and when you hold your animal.
Wipe fur with a damp cloth
Using a damp cloth or sponge on a daily basis will help remove dander from the surface of your cat’s fur and skin. This is relatively stress free for a cat and it can actually be enjoyable as to them it feels like you’re stroking them. To ensure that it reduces the amount of dander in your home, rinse the cloth following use.
Brush the fur
Regular brushing helps reduce the amount of loose dander on your pet’s skin. In order to reduce the amount of dander in the home it’s often useful to do this task outside or in a designated cat area. You should use both a fine bristle soft brush and a regular hair brush. Regular brushing is essential for any cat as it helps prevent their skin from matting.
Most cats hate water, however in severe cases, we recommend you bathe them regularly. If someone in your home has bad allergies that should be once a week. For more advice, hints and tips or just to book an appointment at The Pet Retreat, please ring us or use our contact page.
Other advice for reducing the effects of allergies
Adopt a rigorous cleaning routine
By adopting a rigorous cleaning regime you will reduce the amount of dander in your home. Dander collects as a dust on all surfaces, so regularly dusting shelves and flat surfaces that your cat spends time near is essential. You should also vacuum regularly and wash all cat beds and blankets at least once a week.
Antihistamines are a useful medication for reducing an allergic reaction to cats. You should always visit a doctor or ask the pharmacist for advice with any medicine to establish the correct dosage that is right for you and your allergies.