Many people with cat allergies are able to live comfortably with a feline companion in the house. The first step in controlling allergy symptoms is to speak with an allergist, who may recommend medication, environmental changes, dietary changes, or allergy shots. But there are also some steps you can take at home on your own to combat the sniffles:
1. Move the litter box: Litter boxes are full of allergy inducers including dander, dust and litter. Consider putting the box in a guest bathroom you don’t use often or another area of the house you don’t have a lot of contact with. If possible, it’s a good idea for another member of the household who’s not allergic to clean the box.
2. Establish a “no pets allowed” rule for your bedroom: Give your sweet kitty free rein of the house to play and hang out, but keep your bedroom off-limits. This will give you a dander-free zone to rest in at night, helping you wake up and start the day symptom-free.
3. Opt for washable pet bedding: Choose a cat bed with a cover that can be washed. If your cat also likes to snooze on your furniture, be sure to wash any throws or slipcovers regularly to help keep the dander at bay.
4. Bathe your cat: The thought of giving your cat a bath may be intimidating, but a weekly bath can really keep the level of dander down. Opt for a moisturizing cat shampoo to ensure your cat’s skin doesn’t get too dry. Click here for tips on giving your cat a bath.
5. Wash your hands: This one may be obvious, but washing your hands post petting can really help you stay in control of your allergy symptoms.