7 Reflexes to prevent allergies when adopting a cat

A few simple actions will help you to reduce rhinitis and asthma attacks so you can fully enjoy your living room tiger.

You love cats and have only one desire : hug them tightly. Only here: every time, it's the same story, you end up with a sneezing fit, red-eyed and itchy eyes. These unpleasant symptoms annoy you, but for all that, it's out of the question to separate you from your beloved pet.

Allergy to cats can take different forms, more or less serious. If the best way to avoid it is to keep felines away because some forms of allergy are incompatible with daily life alongside a cat, it exists, subject to a green light from your doctor, ways to limit and prevent the onset of symptoms

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to the accepted ideas, it is not with the hairs of the cat that one is allergic. It is actually a reaction to mites on the hair or, more commonly, allergy to the protein Fel d 1 , contained in the skin, saliva and urine. This protein spreads everywhere however since the cat licks the hair to wash. It is therefore difficult to live with a cat when you are allergic, but this is not impossible if you take all the precautions.

1. Aerate and purify the air

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Air at least twice a day , for 10 to 15 minutes , every room to renew the air laden with allergens. The simple fact of ventilating can eliminate 50%! You can also bring an air purifier. Equipped with specific filters, this unit treats the air and regenerates it. Large allergic patients may add special pre-filters for hair or dust on some models.

2. Remove a maximum of hair

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To cohabit with your cat without turning into an albino rabbit or sneeze without stopping, you will be forced to pass very regularly, even daily, vacuum , preferably with bag, more hygienic. There are also anti-allergen filters that adapt to some models of vacuum cleaners, called HEPA filters. If possible, remove as many carpets and rugs as real nests for allergens.

3. Use natural antihistamines

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If there are drug solutions to your allergies, your doctor will prescribe you as needed, natural antihistamines can also be considered. For example, plantain syrup and tarragon essential oil (to be drunk as drops on a sugar or neutral tablet) are highly effective against feline-specific allergies.

4. Prohibit matou access to the room

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It is essential to prohibit the cat access to the room of the allergic person, even when it is not there or it must not set foot there for several days. The door must always be closed and the sheets changed very regularly. Feel free to clean your mattresses, cushions and steam curtains to eliminate mites, bacteria and allergens

5. Wash your hands

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Depending on the degree of your allergy, a hand wash after each contact you will enjoy many hugs with your cat. An antibacterial lotion will complement the detergent effects of soap washing

6. Wash your cat

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Easier to say than done. However, by cleaning your cat you avoid that it sows its allergens everywhere. Even if your cat does not like it, your life together depends on it. When necessary, give him a bath with a specific shampoo, which will slow down the spread of the protein responsible for your ailments. Brush it every day too. If it does not support water, use special wipes

7. Clean the litter well

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Fel d 1 protein is found in large quantities in urine of your cat. By placing your litter in a low-traffic area of ​​the allergic and changing and cleaning frequently, you will limit your symptoms. Also buy a quality litter with strong absorbent properties. And do not hesitate to wear a mask

Aurélie Roman
Editor for Houzz

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