About 3% of French people are allergic to pets. Among these conditions, cat allergy comes first. The resulting symptoms can quickly disrupt the daily life of the affected person.
Living with a cat when you are allergic is not easy. Besides drug solutions and symptomatic treatments, there are also solutions that can help you better manage your allergy. Let’s find out about them right away.
Bet everything on hygiene
While it may sound obvious, it’s important to keep your home healthy and clean. Indeed, the allergen secreted by the cat (Fel d1) is very volatile and is easily dispersed in the air thanks to the hairs and the scales of the skin.
To minimize this effect, it is recommended to vacuum the accommodation daily. Use a device with a bag and HEPA (High Efficiency for Airborne Particles) filter which will remove allergens from surfaces and air and trap them in the filter. Don’t forget to vacuum textiles, throws and cushions.
Steam wash washable surfaces in your home to destroy allergens.
Choose the right coatings
Indeed, rugs, carpets and tapestries, likely to retain a large amount of allergens, are strongly discouraged.
Prefer hard, washable coverings, such as parquet, tiles or even synthetic floors (PVC, lino or vinyl floors). If you can’t help it, the best way is regular maintenance.
Purify the air as much as possible
For this, you can use an air purifier equipped with a HEPA filter.
This device sucks, filters and propels the purified air in the house. The air purifier will thus suck up indoor pollution, which is often imperceptible, and retain fine particles thanks to its HEPA filter. Its level of efficiency is estimated at over 99.9%.
It would therefore filter animal hair from the air and improve its quality. However, this effectiveness is still being debated², in particular by ANSES (National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety). The best way is to renew the air in your home by ventilating for about ten minutes daily.
Limit contact with the animal’s fur
In the event of a confirmed cat allergy, it would be preferable to avoid regular contact with the animal. If, despite everything, you can’t help but cuddle your pet, remember to wash your hands and face thoroughly after each contact with him.
Indeed, it is not his hair that is the cause of your symptoms but the allergenic protein (Fel D1) that he secretes through his saliva and that he then deposits on his coat. Hygiene is once again essential, especially if you tend to rub your face or eyes.
Take care of your cat
To effectively reduce your allergic manifestations, take good care of your cat.
First of all by brushing it (or having it brushed by a person around you) outside the house.
It is also important to treat it and wash it with an anti-allergic lotion (once a week). You will easily find it in pharmacies, pet stores or even at your vet. The bath eliminates 84% ³ more dead skin scales than a simple brushing.
If, however, your cat refuses the bath, then run a wet glove over their hair once or twice a week. There are also special wipes that will allow you to effectively rid your hair of the famous allergens.
Limit access to certain rooms in the house
Make your room a preserved place! To do this, it is important to close the door to your “sleeping area” in order to dissuade your cat from entering and freely accessing the bed.
Although it can be difficult, it is important to stick to this solution. Otherwise, if your pet sneaks under the sheets, change them more often and don’t forget to wash your bedding at 60 ° C minimum.
You now have all the tips to best manage your cat allergy and get the most out of your pet. Do not forget, however, that the implementation of this advice does not dispense with a consultation with your general practitioner and that an adapted medical treatment remains the best solution.
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