Pets are the best, that’s what my human companions believe at least. Sadly, some people cannot feel the warmth of having a cat roam the house all day, all because of allergies. If you board the same ship as those unfortunate souls, I have good news for you; you can raise a hypoallergenic cat.
If you’ve been dreaming about owning a pet for a long time, but your physician is preventing you from doing so, worry no more, as Misha, the cat, aka me, is here to help. In this article, written by my own cute claws, I’ll explain everything you need to know about hypoallergenic cats and how they can turn your life upside down in a good way!
What Are Hypoallergenic Cats?
Simply put, hypoallergenic cats are breeds that don’t spread many allergens throughout the house.
Cats are known for shedding dander, and in doing so, they produce allergies to those surrounding them as their saliva is transferred from their mouths to their coating while they’re grooming. Cats’ saliva contains specific proteins, such as Fel D1, that trigger white blood cells and, therefore, immune reactions.
If someone with a weak immune system gets in contact with those skin flakes, their body reacts as if the shedding is a pathogenic particle and unleashes the wrath of its immune system upon it.
Scary, I know.
Symptoms of such an allergy include coughing, wheezing, rashes, redness, and itchiness in the presence of a cat inside the house. In other words, it’s a disaster, and you have every right to run away if you see me coming your way if you’re suffering from such health issues.
The best solution if you’re a cat lover is adopting a hypoallergenic pet, which is an animal that spreads fewer allergens compared to others. Keep In mind that “fewer allergens” doesn’t mean none, as no cat is entirely hypoallergenic. It’s safe to say that you’re less likely to react should you have a hypoallergenic feline companion in your house, which spares you having to live alone if you’re not so good around people.
Some notable hypoallergenic cats include Cornish Rex, Balinese, Sphynx, and Russian Blue, all of which are lovely, cute, and almost as good as Misha.
How Can You Reduce a Cat Allergy?
As frustrating as it may seem, cat allergies can be reduced to a certain degree. Here are the best tips that you can follow for the optimum results:
Don’t Let Your Cat into Your Bedroom
Sorry, but your dreams of sleeping with your cat by your side won’t turn into reality. If you get a devastating reaction whenever you lay on the bed with your feline companion, that’s a sign that you should stop this habit. Turn your bedroom into a cat-free zone and turn it into your haven against allergens. Prepare another place for your pet to rest comfortably while you’re sleeping calmly in your room.
Also, make sure to wash all bedding in 140-degree water occasionally, as no matter how restrictive your bedroom is, allergens can still get inside carried by the wind and such. It would be even better if you could change the matrasses and pillows altogether if you can afford it, that is.
Clean the House Frequently
Although an obvious step, many people ignore cleaning the house frequently. Sweeping your apartment is essential if you want to keep fur, and therefore allergens, at a minimum. Luckily, doing so is quite the easy task thanks to some tools such as vacuums. Keep in mind that vacuuming can spread as much fur as it collects, so make sure to use an allergen-proof bag or a high-efficiency particulate arresting filter in your device.
If there’s one thing I adore about humans, it’s their innovation.
Do not forget to clean your carpets and rugs often as well and steam them whenever you have the chance. Better yet, get rid of them and keep your hardwood floor alone if that’s an option, as a carpet can hold 100 times more allergens than wood.
A nice final touch that you can add to your cleaning routine is using allergen-sprays, preferably plant-based, natural ones, as they have been proven to be an effective way to render allergens harmless.
Clean Your Cat with a Special Shampoo
Washing your cat is crucial to reduce allergens around the house. Dander buildup on a feline’s coating can increase reacting chances, and that’s something you’d want to avoid.
I cannot stress this enough. It’s true that we, cats, hate baths, but you need to clean your pet every four to six weeks if you wish to avoid frustrating symptoms.
Remember to use a special shampoo while bathing your cat, as normal ones aren’t as effective against nasty proteins and allergens.
Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier is an excellent tool if you’re suffering from a cat allergy. These devices remove allergens from the surrounding air, making it more suitable for you and less likely to trigger your immune system. If you want the best performance, your best bet is getting a commercial-grade air purifier as they tend to be more potent than regular ones.
Get Some Hypoallergenic Cat Food
When a cat eats food for which it has an allergy, it can shed more fur and therefore spread more allergens. If your cat shows signs of an allergy when eating specific nutrients, make sure to consult a Veterinary physician and get some hypoallergenic litter for your feline.
Having a pet allergy can be frustrating as you have to steer away from lovely cats to avoid hazardous symptoms. If you’re suffering from such issue, there are specific tips that you can follow if leaving your feline isn’t an option, namely the ones mentioned above.
If you want even more safety against allergens, your best bet would be getting one of the different hypoallergenic cats that you can adopt from a pet shelter.
Take it from a cat whose human companions love so much; you wouldn’t want to miss the joyful life experience of owning a cat. Do not let your immune system stand in your way. Follow my advice, and you’re bound to live an allergen-free life with your feline.
Do you have a question regarding cat allergies, hypoallergenic cats, or any of the above tips?
Do not hesitate to ask, Misha is here to help!