Living with Cat Allergies

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Don't let your cat allergies get the best of you! There are several ways to lessen the effect of cat dander in your home.

Inside the home:

- If you're only considering taking a cat home, shorthaired cats generally have less dander to reckon with.
- Curtains, drapes and full carpeting hold dander in. Consider trading these for blinds and hardwood floors with rugs.
- Invest in a vacuum with a good filter, and vacuum all soft surfaces regularly.
- An air purification system definitely makes a difference.
- Close your bedroom door and make sure those curious cats know it's off limits.
- Find a friend or family member who isn't allergic to brush and bathe your cat.

There are also options you can discuss with your veterinarian:

- Ask your vet about dander-minimizing coat sprays and moisturizers.
- An allergist can take a sample of your cat's hair and create a serum just for you (and your cat).
- Your vet may also recommend taking an allergy medication for you; ask your doctor or allergist about prescription options.

Topics: allergies

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