10 Ways to Keep Cats When You Have Cat Allergies

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional cat sitter, discusses tips for having cats when you have a cat allergy.

By Jeanne Adlon

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Q: I have just been told I am allergic to cats but I am not giving up my two adorable cats. Any suggestions to help me keep my allergy under control?

A: I do have suggestions for you because many of my clients ask me the same thing. No one wants to give up their cats and I am so glad you agree. One of my clients lets her two cats have the run of the house — except for her bedroom. She has designated it a cat-free zone which she considers it a small price to pay to keep her feline family together. Her cats have their own cozy donut beds by the radiator in another room.

My Top 10 ways to help people with cat allergies keep cats:
1. Wash your hands after petting your cat and before you touch your face or eyes.
2. Wear a filter mask when cleaning the litterbox.
3. Limit the amount of cats in your household.
4. Do not let your cats sleep with you.
5. Spay or neuter your cats. Unaltered cats produce more allergens than altered cats.
6. Limit the amount of carpeting in your house.
7. Use a vacuum with a good Hepa filter and wear a filter mask when you vacuum.
8. Buy dust-free cat litter.
9. Use allergen-proof covers on your mattress.
10. Consult an allergist for further suggestions.

Good luck. I know many people who have been diagnosed with cat allergies who successfully have cats. As always, I welcome your comments and stories.
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Cindy    Ellwood City, PA

2/18/2012 12:22:17 PM

All good advice, and I will add this one that works for me. Please give your cats a bath and use a soap that rinses well and isn't too perfumed. I like Neutragena rainbath the original scent. Some of the wet wipes are too perfumed for me as are some of the cat litters and fabric softeners. I keep my cats brushed to avoid the hair being everywhere. By the way our cats can have allergies to these things to and to us if we wear strong perfumes etc. And cats don't like smoke. The allergy thing goes both ways. Human's that are allergic to cats are allergic to almost everything else too. I still let my cats sleep with me but I try to keep them off of my pillow and at the food of the bed.

SH    knoxville, TN

2/17/2012 4:34:54 PM

See an allergist and get allergy shots. It will get rid of any allergy you have. Our doctor said it is totally worth it. I'm going to get them for my son when he's a little older. No side-effect and very safe.

SH    knoxville, TN

2/17/2012 4:30:31 PM

My son has really bad allergies and he loves cats. I took him to an allergist, who did a test on him. Turns out he only had a slight allergy to cats and dogs. His big allergy problem was tree pollen. We got a cat and my son is doing fine. We vacuum twice a week and keep our cat out of the bedroom at night. I also use a dust-free litter and clean it morning and night.

y    y, ID

2/17/2012 12:58:10 AM


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