How to Get Rid of Cat Allergies and Dander?

Cat dander can cause allergies. Dander is made of dead skin cells, which your cat sheds low levels of all the time.

Particularly cat dander may be a lot if your cat has ticks, skin infection, fleas, parasites, or feeding on a poor diet. You might see your cat scratching due to dry skin flakes and also emits a bad smell.

Cat Dander Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Cat Dander Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Without a doubt, if your cat is used to staying on the furniture, your bed can leave the dander there leading you to constant sneezing and have allergic reactions.

We love having cats and dogs at home and will introduce them to our babies and family after bringing them home.

It might be hard to determine the cause of your allergy especially if you have a pet in the house. The house can have other things giving you allergies.

Breathing in your cat dander can lead to an allergic reaction. It is easy to transfer cat dander to other places as it is on the furniture, cat scratching post, kennel, in the air, and clothes.

The allergies can be accelerated by cat dander, urine, or saliva. Even so, keep your house clean, wash linens and covers regularly, vacuum clean your carpet and wash your cat bed/kennel.

Symptoms of Allergy

  • Sneezing.
  • Running nose.
  • Itchiness.
  • Stuffed nose.
  • Acute Asthma attack caused by difficult breathing.

Eye inflammation and a stuffy nose are brought about with the presence of the allergen that can cause swelling and itching of the membranes around your eyes and nose.

Solutions to Cat Allergy and Dander

  • Install Air Purifiers.

An air purifier can help purify the air in the home to filter the dander if your cat is making you sneeze.

You can know you are allergic to your pet when you experience watery eyes, sneeze, and stuffed nose, have rashes when near your feline friend.

Not only, do air purifiers remove the particles causing allergies but also get rid of pet smell.

Try to put the air purifier in the common areas that you stay in for long to remove the allergens and reduce the discomfort.

Older and overweight cats may not be able to groom themselves and may leave a lot of dander in the room. Sweep, mop then use an air purifier to clear every dust particle and loose dander left in the room.

  • Limit Pet Access

It might be hard to keep your cat from your favourite areas, like the living room, bedroom as cats love our company.

Most times you will see your cat getting comfortable on your seat or bed relaxing when not on their cat tower.

You can try using a pet gate that a cat cannot sneak in easily the bars should be narrowly spaced.

Dander easily collects in the fabric of bedding, curtains, rugs, and pillows and tries to make the bedroom a no gone zone for your cat.

  • Use Decongestion/Nasal Sprays.

When your cat scratches, moves, or shakes the tiny skin flecks that are shed take to the air and cling to dust particles in your home for a long time.

Moreover, these flecks can settle on your seats, curtains, surfaces, and cause the sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness, and stuffed nose.

One can use decongestion or nasal sprays that can be bought over the counter. Using them often can have a negative effect on you if used for long hence I would recommend the use of herbal remedies.

  • Antihistamine Medication

Antihistamine for instance, diphenhydramine, Claritin, and Zyrtec can assist the cat owner a lot when having an allergic reaction to dander.

Although, with side effects one can opt for home remedies especially if you are usually near your cat daily.

Home remedies can be milder and will not give you drowsiness or headaches.

Importantly a home remedy can be used alongside the antihistamine.

  • Clean Regularly

Clean the seats, carpet, bed, curtains, seat covers, and liners, floor regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner for the seat to get rid of ever dander and loss fur from the pets.

Carpet collects a lot of dander and might be a problem and if the allergy is severe, you can opt for hard flooring. Particularly, it is easy to clean with water and soap and remove all dander on the floor.

Dander can accumulate in between the seat cushion and regular brushing and steam cleaning remove anything that can make you sneeze, have a stuffed nose and itch.

For the floor and surfaces mopping and wiping with water and soap will remove the loss particles that sweeping and brushing will not get rid of.

As you clean your home and bedding remember to clean your cats’ bed, kennel, cat tower, toys as often as possible.

  • Groom Cat

Subsequently after doing the house cleaning remember the cause too. Clean, bathe and groom your cat. Trim the nails, give your feline friend a bath when necessary, brush the coat regularly to remove loose fur.

Brush Cat Regularly

Remove Dander By Brushing Cat Regularly

You can use the services of a professional groomer or do bathing weekly at home in a secluded place preferably outdoor. You can use a cat shampoo that is gentle on your cat’s skin and remove dead skin.

After bathing your cat get a shower and remove your clothes. Besides, this you do to avoid any contact with dander that could be in your clothes, or hair after having contact with your cat. This will assist as you will not distribute the dander to other areas of your home.

Regular grooming will help remove excess fur from your cat’s body. Nonetheless you can also wipe them with hypo-allergic wipes as cats do not like water and might avoid bathing.

Get a cat brush for brushing during grooming. In addition use a DE shedding tool weekly to remove hairballs, when the cat is shedding fur.

  • Feed High-Quality Food

Healthy skin can be attributed to healthy feeding, buy your cat high-quality food to improve her overall health. As the saying goes you are what you eat and it also applies to our pets.

A poor diet will lead to health issues, parasites, and bad skin. Unquestionably, feed your cat a diet that provides all the nutrients leading to a glossy and shiny coat, good eyesight, healthy body with no diseases. Supplement with fish oils especially, omega 3 and 6 which reduce dander shedding, improve coat, skin and give cat strong joints

Consult your vet if your cat skin is dry, or dander isn’t reducing or her health body is weak as it could be a bigger underlying health issue that needs treatment.