Dealing with cat allergies
Being allergic to cats is pretty widespread. In fact, according to EverydayHealth.com, “Between 15 and 30 percent of people with allergies are allergic to pets, and feline allergic reactions are twice as common as dog allergic reactions.” Growing up, I usually wanted an indoor feline, and much as my mom liked cats, she would never let me. She too is severely allergic to anything feline. The tiniest cat hair can set her off with coughing, red eyes, runny nose, and all. For cat lovers, this allergy might be very unpleasant physically and emotionally. So if you’re not ready to give up your lovable, furry pet, here are some ideas from EverydayHealth.com to help make your life more comfortable.
The info about feline allergy
No kitties in the bedroom
First, you should keep in mind that you are not really allergic to feline hair. Actually, according to Krishna McCoy, M.S., “The offensive allergen is a protein shed from a cat’s skin or hair and also contained in its saliva and urine.” To put as much distance between yourself and this protein as possible, keep kitty outside when you can, and out of your bedroom whenever you cannot. Really, this ought to prevent the worst of your allergy symptoms.
Keep your house tidy
You should also keep your house as uncluttered as you can to cut back the number of surfaces where the hairs could stick and be missed during cleaning. Solid surface floors, like wood or linoleum, are better than carpet since the hair will stick much more readily to carpet fibers.
The feline impact
A lot of people will even worry that having a cat while their children are young will increase the kids’ chances of getting a cat allergy when they get older. Not so, according to a recent European study of 6,300 adults. They found, “Adults adopting felines were 40% less likely to become allergic if they’d had one as a kid.”
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Dealing with cat allergies
That was rather informative. Thank you for posting this.
I have a friend who’s father is deathly allergic. It’s so bad that I have to full de-cat a suitecase and wash all my clothing with anti-allergen shampoo before packing.
There are hypo-allergenic cat breeds out there, even one with long fur (the angora). One I have, a russian blue, is also a hypo-allergenic cat. These few select breeds are very cleanly as a whole and lack a certain protein in their dander that sets off most people.
Instead of fearing all carpet, one should invest in an ionizer. Ionizers are a must-have for homes of people with allergies as it controls the amount of allergenic stuff floating in the air.
It is also a good idea to get a cat and train it to accept bathing once a week to every other week at an early age, removing all loose fur with a brush daily. This will also cut down on dander (and shedding) as a whole and make the home safe.