Does your cat cause you to break out in a rash, sneeze, or get watery eyes? Many feline owners suffer through allergies to their pet, but allergic responses to cat hair and dander can be managed. The team has Animal Medical Center of Lapeer has some tips we’d like to share.
#1: Switch your cat’s diet
While your cat’s food may feed their inner predator, switching their diet can reduce your allergic response to your four-legged friend. Talk with our team about potential dietary options for your kitty.
#2: Bathe your cat regularly with waterless shampoo
Most cats don’t appreciate running water and baths, but waterless shampoo can replace routine baths. Work a foaming feline shampoo into your cat’s coat, and then brush the shampoo out—no water required. Regular “bathing” with waterless shampoo can reduce the allergens in your cat’s hair and dander.
#1: Minimize dander and cat hair in your home
Allergens from cat hair and dander can trigger severe allergic responses, but reducing the culprit can clear up your allergy signs. Dusting and vacuuming frequently, keeping your cat off furniture and your bed, and washing your hands after petting your cat can help minimize allergic reactions. Ventilation and filtered air can also go a long way toward reducing allergies—place a free-standing HEPA air filter unit in the room your cat most frequents to filter out allergens.
Consider having your cat professionally groomed to minimize cat hair and dander in your home. Prior to your feline friend’s grooming appointment, ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations for protection. Request an appointment with us.