What Causes Cat Allergies
People with cat allergies are reacting to the Fel d 1, a protein found on cat skin. All cats produce this protein. The Fel d 1 protein is quite small. It attaches itself to the cat hair or skin and can linger for hours. All cats produce this protein. The protein is found in the kitties’ saliva, urine and dander or what is known as dry flakes of skin. Remember that cats are always grooming themselves and their saliva is all over their fur. Individuals with allergies can have an oversensitive immune system. Your body will then mistake the harmless items like cat dander for dangerous invaders and fight against them as they would a virus or bacteria. It should be noted that if you have an outside cat your kitty could be bringing pollen in from outside that you could mistake for an actual cat allergy. It is always recommended not to self diagnose and before you blame the cat consult your doctor.
Symptoms of Cat Allergies
Common symptoms of cat allergies can include sneezing, coughing, rashes, red and itchy eyes, a runny and stuffy nose. A visit to your doctor will confirm if in fact you have a cat allergy. This is usually done with a skin or blood test.
Control Of Allergies
I have noticed that a lot of advice on the control of cat allergies recommends reducing your contact with cats. If you are like me this is not an option as my cats are too much a part of my life. Some things that can be considered are air purifiers, basic house cleaning and wash your hands often. If you have to live with the cat and your allergies you can try not allowing the cat in your bedroom and handle the kitty as little as possible. It is recommended to bath the kitty often, however over washing will take the natural oils from the cats skin. I have a shampoo recommendation on my Caring for Senior Cats Post.
Allergies can controlled by some over the counter medications and nasal sprays. Before you self medicate see your doctor.
Best Cats For People With Allergies
Because all cats produce Fel d 1 protein there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat, however there are cat breeds that are better for people with allergies than others. Here is a list. The Balinese, Russian Blue, Bengal, Devon Rex, Oriental Short Hair, Cornish Rex, Siberian, LaPerm, Sphynx, Javanese.
This new term for me “Zooeyia” (ZOO-ey-ah) is a recently invented word to describe the relationship of the human animal bond. It is probably not a surprise to anyone who reads this page today of the positive benefits of having an animal companion. Doctors say that if a child grows up with a pet here is less chance of allergies and I believe that there is more respect for nature and animals in general.
In return our animals expect to be looked after with food, shelter and protection. In a recent news article I read where in Ontario, Canada people are going to the country and dumping cats in farm yards or on the road.
This week I noticed that my little girl Esther was always looking at the door. I put her in a harness and took her outside. She did not like it! She ran for the door and wanted in and could hardly wait for the harness to come off.
The moral of this story is that house cats will not become good outside cats. When my Lacy escaped she lost weight and when she was recovered she did not want to go outside anymore. They will probably starve or be killed in any number of ways. They will be prone to disease and if they have had the cruel procedure of being declawed they will not even be able to hunt. I can not imagine the emotional shock of being dumped after living in a house.
Cat Care is FOREVER. Bringing a cat home must be a family decision. Animals as surprise presents or as a holiday celebration should be avoided. How many bunnies have been abandoned because the Easter thrill has worn off?
Adopting a cat is an important and serious decision. Are you ready for it.
That’s my story for today. This information provided here today is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor.
If you have any questions or comments please do so below. Don’t forget to have a look at the Cat Care Products Page for something to make your cat maintenance easier. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.