Being allergic to cats take away the most rewarding enjoyment of life.
Fortunately, the percentage of this suffer only takes around 10% of the population in the US; 5 – 7% globally.
That means, most of us are not in the case.
However, this seems to be the most popular excuse for abandoning the poor little kitty.
Is it true that you or any of the people you know having this kind of problem?
With years of fostering street cats, it’s a real pain to see irresponsible pet owners give up their kittens without considering a heck.
I’ve drawn to this issue and got the answer around being allergic to felines.
Come and study this allergic to cats with me.
Table of Contents
1. Signs of getting allergies
- A runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Pain in the face
- Swollen skin under the eyes
- Eyes get red, itchy and start prompting tears
- Itch in the nostril, palate, and throat
- Hives and fever
- Skin begins to erupt
- Consistently scratch
2. The cause
The term “cat hair allergy” has been widely spread but few people know the primary case is, in fact, from the SALIVA, not the HAIR.
When the cats lick their coat, there left the saliva. Besides, cats are roamers in their territory (and beyond); they are likely to carry fume, pollen, dust and other allergens home. And that triggers the illness.
Moreover, animal shedding floats in the air increase the chance to deliver these allergic elements to human. Thus, many of us blame the cat for causing your sneezing. That’s entirely not fair.
Is the cat the only agent?
Not at all. You may have more than one pet in your home, or you just got interacted with an environmental factor. Even we humans are allergic to each other’s body fume. So, it should not be the way you accuse your kitten.
More interestingly, each cat bears different components in their saliva. That explains why you can get allergic to this cat but not that cat.
What is behind this “allergy” thing?
It is your immune system which gets too sensitive to the harmless protein in animal urine, dead cells, and saliva.
Kids are vulnerable to the factors, but they can grow to thrive. In many cases, the grown-ups become friendlier with felines though they had an allergic background to cats.
3. How to deal with this ailment
Chances are your fur baby is not the primary factor to your allergies.
The first thing to do is to track the root. Just don’t blame the little cat too early.
The best thing I suggest is to isolate the kitty for some time (not like leaving the cat on her own). If the symptoms still happening, it’s absolutely not your cat’s false.
But if you’re 100% sure about the reason is from your baby, there are solutions to prevent and reduce the irritation.
Water will wash away the allergens on the cat’s coat. A good shampoo can reduce hair loss.
In shedding season (typically hot weather), you should have your cat shaved.
You can take your kitty to a pet spa or do it yourself with gloves and mask on.
Keep your room private
We know cats love the warmth on your bed, but you don’t let her dominate your sleeping box in this case.
Set up her own bed in the living room or any open area (not outdoor) to lessen the encounter with their fur.
You can play with your cat, but don’t sleep with her or rub her to your face. Wash your hand with soap before and after the petting.
Install an air-filter
A filter machine is no longer a high-end household appliance; you can definitely invest one in your living area.
These machines not only eliminate the cat hair in the air but also other allergic elements.
Clean your house
Carpets, bed bottom, closet, and sofa are where it catches most of the hair. You will need a powerful vacuum to clean out the shed and dust. For the mat and upholsteries, wash them at least once a week.
Your body will adjust
Scientifically proven, your body will adapt to the presence of the allergens.
If you don’t catch any severe symptoms, give yourself and the cat a chance to meet each other.
For people with asthma
This particular case should not adopt a pet because it involves the respiratory system which can lead to suffocation and choking. I honestly don’t recommend people with asthma to have a pet at all in the first place.
Don’t give up on your four-legged friend unless you really can’t handle the situation. If you do, don’t leave them on the street, take them to a local fosterer, or please find them a new true good owner.
Written by Quyên Lê
Author of www.petlifebuzz.com
I am a long-term animal fosterer in Vietnam. I’m a fighter for abandoned animals in my country and striving for a home for them. I enjoy my life laughing around my meow friends and taking care of the street dogs and cats.