You love cats, but you hate what they do to you -- cause congestion, itchy eyes, and sneezing. You can enjoy your feline more when you take action to tame your cat allergy symptoms.
Fend Off Fur
Though cat hair may tickle your nose, it's not the reason you're sneezing. You may have symptoms even around hairless cats.
One trigger of your allergies is a protein found in your cat's saliva. When your cat grooms herself, she spreads the protein all over her body. When the saliva dries, it gets in the air -- so you inhale it as well as getting it on your skin when you pick up cat hair.
Another trigger is a protein found in your cat's dander, which are flakes of skin. To decrease the amount of saliva-covered fur and dander you contact:
Make Your House a Haven
Brushing and washing kitty can only go so far. You can reduce your exposure to triggers even more.
Kitty's groomed, your house is tidy, so now it's your turn. Make efforts to reduce your symptoms.
WebMD Medical Reference
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Pet Allergy Treatment & Management."
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Treating Pet Allergies."
ASPCA: "Are You Allergic to Your Pet?"
Cat Breeds: "Are There Hypoallergenic Cats?"
Humane Society: "Allergies to Pets."
Northern Arizona University: "Common Causes of Nasal Congestion."
Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on September 20, 2012