Wish You Could Cuddle a Kitty Without Sneezing? You Can!
If you suffer from pet allergies, you may think that adopting a cat rather than a dog is a better choice. Cats tend to be smaller, so they don’t have as much fur, and they don’t often seek your attention by pouncing all over you, so they’re naturally better for allergies, right?
Actually, cats can be even worse than dogs for allergy sufferers. Why is that?
What causes cat allergies?
Many people think that fur causes allergies, but this is a misconception. In truth, people with cat allergies are allergic to a protein found in the dander, urine, or saliva of a cat. This protein is called Fel d 1, and unlike dog allergens, Fel d 1 can stay in the air for quite a long time.
Reducing Allergy Symptoms
Does this mean you can’t own a cat if you have cat allergies? Not at all!
You can reduce your trouble with allergies by making some changes to your home.
- Don’t let your cat into your bedroom. — If your feline has been in your bedroom, clean it as thoroughly as possible. Wash the sheets, clean the drapes, and vacuum to remove dander.
- Replace your carpet with hardwood floors, if possible. — Dander can accumulate in the fibers of carpet. If you can’t replace it, use an allergen-free vacuum, or steam clean your carpet regularly.
- Clean out your cat’s litter box on a regular basis.
- Regularly brush and groom your cat to avoid shedding and dander.
- Install a HEPA filter.
- Open up the windows or turn on the vents in order to remove allergens easier.
- Try allergy shots in order to reduce your episodes.
- Adopt a hypoallergenic breed.
A hypoallergenic cat is any breed that is less likely to shed or have dander, thus reducing the risk of an allergy attack. It should be noted that there is no breed that is allergy-free, but if you adopt a hypoallergenic cat along with allergy-proofing your home as described above, you can boost the chances of you and your feline living in harmony.
Here are a few hypoallergenic breeds that may surprise you!
- Balinese — Despite this feline’s fluff, it’s less likely to shed dander, thus making it hypoallergenic.
- Siberian — A Siberian is even fluffier than a Balinese, yet it doesn’t give off much dander, making it the perfect hypoallergenic cat.
- Bengal — This breed doesn’t shed as much as other cats and doesn’t need too much grooming, either!
- Sphynx — The sphynx is the most obvious breed, as it doesn’t have hair, making it one of the most hypoallergenic cats out there.
- Javanese — These mysterious felines have just one layer of fur, making them great for allergy sufferers.
If you struggle with cat allergies but just can’t imagine living without one, look for a hypoallergenic cat! You could be cuddling sneeze-free in no time.