As many as one in five adults worldwide suffer from cat allergies. Up until now the recommendation to people suffering an allergy like with many allergies is to avoid or rehome their cats. But we understand that as pet lovers that is not a viable option! Although you may never be able to eliminate all your allergy symptoms, following these suggestions can help make living with your cat more enjoyable.
Change your cat's diet
It can be as simple as changing your pet's diet to help reduce your allergies. As after more than 10 years of research, Purina developed Pro Plan Live Clear cat food. Their scientists discovered the primary cat allergen can be reduced when cats eat a diet containing a protein found in eggs. This protein binds and blocks Fel d1 in cats’ saliva and that transfers to the hair when grooming. Feeding Pro Plan's Live Clear Range is a safe and easy way to reduce cat allergies and they found that on average there was a 47% decrease in active Fel d 1 on cats’ hair in the third week of feeding the diet. The decrease in active Fel d1 on cats’ hair and dander can help reduce cat allergens shed into the environment making it revolutionary for cat owners with allergies.
Groom them regularly
Grooming is incredibly helpful in reducing allergies because it helps prevent loose hair from getting into the air and settling on soft furnishings in your environment. It is particularly important to brush your cat regularly in the springtime when your cat will be shedding its winter coat. It is always best to brush your cat outside to prevent loose, allergen-carrying hair from dispersing through your home and to wear gloves.
Get some fresh air
Highly insulated homes trap allergens as well as heat, so open the windows to increase the ventilation and fresh air coming into your home.
Keep up a strict cleaning regime
Diligence in cleaning around your home is key in limiting your cat allergy. It is important to wipe down smooth surfaces in the home regularly and vacuum floors and carpets frequently as well. It is also good to pay attention to cleaning 'allergen traps' such as your pet's bedding, rugs, soft furnishings and cushions.
Visit the pharmacy
Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines help to reduce the symptoms of your cat allergy. But if you prefer to take a holistic approach, try antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E as they have demonstrated significant anti-allergen effects.
Coping with an allergy to cats is nothing to sneeze at it is often a big commitment and involves some trial and error. But it is so worth it as sadly many cats are rehomed every year for this exact reason. Hopefully, following these tips will make a world of difference to you as an allergy sufferer and you will be able to happily continue to live in harmony with your feline friend.