Can Cats and Allergies Live in Harmony?

If you or a loved one is allergic to cats, you know that the reaction is one not to be taken lightly. If a cat owner has friends or loved ones with feline allergies in their home, what are they to do?

Here are a few of ways to improve the situation and help reduce allergens for a peaceful home:

  • Clean: This may seem obvious, but a thorough cleaning of fabrics and surfaces throughout the home can greatly reduce allergens caused from cat fur. Carpets are one of the worst offenders when it comes to trapping cat dander, so vacuuming often can help eliminate sneezing and itchy eyes.
  • Groom: Regular bathing and grooming can help reduce shedding and the overall amount of dander in the home. Using cat shampoo can also remove saliva on the fur, which is a strong offender of allergies.
  • Air Purifier: Adding an air purifier to your home can help remove the allergens from the air. Having one located in the most frequented room will work best when fighting allergy symptoms.

Regular hand washing with soap and warm water will help stop allergens from transferring from furniture and surfaces to the face. With a little dedication to both your cat and your loved one’s allergies, the two can live in a comfortable and enjoyable environment.

 

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