Some say that cats are worse than dogs when it comes to allergies. That’s actually true. American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that cat allergy cases are twice more common compared to dog allergy.
“But what is it about cats that cause allergy?”
Many people think that their cats’ fur is the one causing their allergy symptoms. That’s not true. Cat dander is the real culprit. The problem is your cats will keep shedding dander throughout their lifetimes. The matter you need to tackle now is how to get rid of the dander problem.
Battling cat dander is no easy feat, but is completely doable. So, here are six easy ways to get rid of cat dander.
Brush and Groom Your Cat
Regular brushing and grooming is the simplest way to remove dander from your cat’s body. When possible, use a specialized de-shedding tool which is much better than a regular brush. Such tool can remove loose hair without hurting your cat’s delicate skin.
“Won’t that spread dander all over me?”
Yes, there’s always a chance of that and if you’re the one having the allergy, that could pose a serious threat. In such a case, it will be better to bring your cat to a salon or professional cat groomer.
Bathe Your Cat Once a Week
Wash his body as well as the ears and face. Use bath shampoo specially formulated for cats to moisturize his skin and reduce the amount of dander he will shed. Bathing a cat should take about three minutes top.
If your cat fights back during bath time, perhaps you can take a lesson or two from the following video.
Apply Cat Dander Remover Spray
Should you find bathing your cat too taxing, you can always use the commercially available cat dander remover spray such as the one from Allerpet. It’s only a once-a-week affair and it won’t meet as much resistance as a bath.
You just need to moisten a small cloth with the spray then gently rub your cat’s fur back and forth. Once you’re done rubbing the whole body, use a towel to dry.
Pay Attention to the Food
Feed your cats with high-quality, grain-free food. Add fish oil or Omega 3 oil that contain essential fatty acids. Cats don’t produce these acids by much in their bodies.
You’ll be amazed on how much high-quality food can reduce the amount of dander they shed. Their fur will become shinier and softer too.
Vacuum Regularly Using a HEPA Filter Vacuum Cleaner
Once a week, vacuum your bed, carpet, upholstered furniture, and all fabric surfaces to eliminate cat dander stuck on them. Use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner for best results.
A High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can capture fine particles as small as 0.3 microns. Since about 75% of cat dander particles are in the 5-10 microns range and 25% are in the 2.5 microns range, a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner can catch dander with no problem.
Use HEPA Filter Air Purifiers
One annoying quirk of a vacuum cleaner is that it also blows particles away as you vacuum around the house including cat dander. At its size, cat dander can remain suspended in the air for a long time and hover from room to room easily.
A HEPA filter air purifier is the perfect solution for catching airborne allergens, even the microscopic ones that your eyes can’t see. We suggest using a large purifier rated for a large room. You can put it in the living room where families tend to do their activities together. You can also opt for multiple smaller ones placed strategically around the house.
Prepare Some Medicine
Okay, those are six easy and simple ways to get rid of cat dander, but as a precaution, we insist you get some off-the-counter allergy medicine just in case. There is always a chance for some stubborn dander make its way to your body making you cough, sneeze, or hard to breathe.
Some antihistamines you can get everywhere are Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra, and Claritin. You may also consider nasal spray such as Astelin.