|Sneezing is a common symptom of allergies.|
Here are some tips to help lessen allergies experienced by humans to their cats:
- Keep the cat completely out of the bedroom at all times. This will help because it will keep from dander gathering on bedding. Humans exposed to cat fur for long periods of time such as when sleeping might experience more frequent symptoms.
- Wash your hands or face immediately after petting the cat, or if it has licked you. Don’t rub your eyes.
- Keep the house vacuumed and dusted at least 2-3 times each week. My human doesn't do this as much as she should and is reminded to do so when she experiences itchy eyes!
- Allergy shots. This is something your human can talk to their doctor about. Allergy shots might relieve symptoms for many allergies including pet allergies.
- Important to note that while one cat may cause an allergic reaction, another one might not. Humans shouldn't automatically assume because one kitty caused symptoms, all kitty's will cause allergies.
- Antihistamines. My human will take an antihistamine if she is experiencing symptoms from me or Mia or from the shelter kitties. Even though she has had cats are her life, she still occasionally will get symptoms from us or the shelter. It has more to do with her seasonal allergies than it does us kitties! Her immune system is under more stress when she is experiencing seasonal allergies and that makes her a little more susceptible to allergies from dander that kitties have.
- Add an air purifier.
- Brush cats regularly. Mia and I love to be brushed as do many kitty's!
- Remove carpeting from the home.
- Wash bedding weekly – yours and the cats!
- Use allergy wipes, can be purchased at pet stores.
- Bathe cats if possible (good luck with that! I don't know too many kitty's that like baths!), at least every few months to decrease shedding and dander. Use either a waterless shampoo or a moisturizing shampoo. In between bathing times, use a damp paper towel.
- Feed a high quality food. Mom feeds us IAMS.
- Keep snuggle sessions short, and keep away from your nose.
- Important to note that over time, you may build up an immunity to your own cat, but might still be allergic to other cats.
So kitty's help your humans reduce their allergies to kitty's by sharing this helpful information with them. And if that doesn't work help blame the dog........