If you are allergic to your cat, does that mean you have to get rid of it? Not at all. Some lifestyle changes for you and your cat can help solve the problem.
Sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. Your doctor tells you that you are allergic to your cat. But don’t panic: This doesn’t mean you have to find another home for your beloved feline friend. Read on to discover some lifestyle changes for you and your cat that will help you feel better. It takes commitment, but with patience and perseverance, it can be done.

Start with your environment

  • Use air purifiers like Purrified Air, which can be installed above the litter box or in any other room of the house, including the bedroom; this product works quietly so it won’t disturb your sleep. It contains a replaceable 1.5 kg activated carbon filter cartridge, and the filters last at least four months. This air purifier not only removes mold spores, dust, litter box odors and other indoor air pollutants, but also pet dander and hair, which are the leading cause of cat allergies in humans.
  • Create cat-free zones in your home, especially in the bedroom. If possible, replace carpets with hard surfaces and use machine-washable covers on furniture.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstery regularly to pick up as much cat hair and dander as possible. Get a pet vacuum with a HEPA filter and a steam cleaner for carpets.

Change your cat’s grooming routine.

  • A high-quality diet can help reduce your cat’s allergies, as it will keep his coat and skin healthy, reducing dander and flakes.
  • Brush your cat regularly (or have someone else in the house do it) to remove old protein-rich hair. Better yet, get her used to an occasional bath.
  • Switching to a low-dust litter can help both the allergic person and the cat. There are many dust-free litters on the market today; try a few to see how your cat likes them and how her respiratory system reacts. It may take a while, but eventually you’ll find something that works for you and your cat.

Search for holistic help for yourself.

  • Doctors are quick to prescribe medications that can have side effects. Either that, or they simply tell patients to give up their cats. Some may suggest immunotherapy treatment with injections. A more natural approach would be to consult a holistic physician or naturopath who may recommend homeopathic remedies such as Allium cepa, Euphrasia, Natrum muriaticum and Nux vomica or herbal remedies such as quercetin, borage, elderberry or ginseng.
  • Use common sense when petting your cat. Don’t touch the face or eyes, and wash your hands thoroughly after petting.
  • Make sure your own lifestyle is healthy: do you eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise and sleep, and take steps to reduce stress? If you smoke, quit if you can. The healthier you are, the stronger your immune system will be and the less troublesome your allergies will be.

If you are allergic to your cat, a holistic, multi-step approach works wonders. Don’t expect immediate results, but if you persevere over a period of time, you should see the severity of your allergies diminish or even disappear.

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