Dealing with Allergies: Reduce Cat Allergens at Home
If you or a loved one is allergic to cats but can't imagine life without your feline
friend, there are many steps you can take to reduce allergens and make your home
more comfortable. There are also several products available that can help to control
allergens in your home.
Understanding Cat Allergies
Allergies to cats are caused by a protein found in cat saliva, urine, and dander
(dead skin cells). When a cat grooms itself, this protein is spread onto its fur.
It then becomes airborne and can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people.
Products to Reduce Cat Allergens at Home
Air purifiers can help to reduce airborne allergens in your home. Look for purifiers
with HEPA filters, which are designed to capture small particles like cat dander.
Regularly changing the filters can also help to keep allergens under control.
These sprays work by neutralizing the protein that causes allergic reactions. You
can use them on carpets, furniture, and other areas where your cat spends time.
Special Cat Shampoos
There are shampoos designed to reduce dander and other allergens on your cat's fur.
Bathing your cat regularly with one of these shampoos can help to control allergens.
Hypoallergenic Cat Litter
Some types of cat litter can produce dust that contributes to allergies. Hypoallergenic
cat litter is designed to be dust-free and can help to reduce allergens in your
Invest in Anti-Allergen Bedding
Since we spend a lot of our time in bed, it's a hotspot for allergens. Anti-allergen
bedding such as mattress covers, duvet covers, and pillow covers can help to reduce
the amount of cat allergen in your bed. These covers are made from materials that
allergens cannot penetrate, keeping them away from your skin and respiratory system.
Consider a Room Air Cleaner
If you can't invest in a whole-house air purifier, a room air cleaner can be an effective
alternative for allergy sufferers. These units can be placed in rooms where you
spend the most time or where your cat often frequents. Like the air purifiers mentioned
earlier, opt for models with HEPA filters for maximum allergen removal.
Utilize Steam Cleaning
Regularly steam cleaning carpets and upholstery can help reduce allergens. The high
temperature of the steam can kill dust mites (another common allergen) and break
down allergen proteins. Many steam cleaners also have a vacuum function that allows
you to remove the allergens from your home.
Try Allergen-Reducing Pet Wipes
For cats that dislike baths, allergen-reducing pet wipes can be an alternative. These
wipes are designed to remove dander and saliva from your cat's fur. They can be
particularly handy for a quick clean-up after your cat has been grooming.
Allergies don't have to be a deal-breaker
Allergies can make living with cats a challenge, but they don't have to be a deal-breaker.
With the right product, a proactive approach, and practices, you can reduce allergens
and enjoy a healthier, happier home.
Remember, even with these products, it's important to maintain a regular cleaning
routine to keep allergens at bay. Vacuum frequently, clean surfaces with a damp
cloth to capture allergens, and wash bedding and curtains regularly.