Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to Lessen Allergies to Cats

One of the most common reasons a cat is returned to a shelter after adoption is due to allergies humans have to cats (or dogs but this is a kitty blog so we will focus on cats!). Animal dander, a protein mix secreted in animal's skin and saliva, can cause allergic reactions in some people. Allergies to dander may take a long time to develop (over 2 years for some people) and the symptoms (similar to pollen allergy symptoms) may linger for months.

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........


  1. This is all great advice! Apparently first hand advice - which is proof that even allergic humans can enjoy life with kitties.

  2. Very excellent advice! My human is not allergic normally but just lately has started with the runny nose! I say it's nothing to do with me! HUH! BUT anyway, it wouldn't hurt to vacuum a bit more is all I'm saying!! ;)

  3. My peeps aren't allergic to us - thank goodness! - but Peep #1 is allergic to dust. When the house is super dry in the winter, she sometimes has to take pills for it but those pills clear it right up.


  4. Thats how I landed here in my excellent forever home! My previous human was allergic to me! ~ MARLEY

    1. That's so cool that you landed at your excellent forever home because of allergies. One humans loss is another humans gain!
      CJ and Mia