If your allergies spring into action in the Spring and Summer, you should know that allergies aren’t just one thing. Each trigger piles on until you get really sick.
If you have a window air conditioner, clean the filter twice a year. So much gunk in that filter. Easy to clean!! So worth it. One less allergen to pile on.
Here is the filter after I scrubbed it. Above is the dirt I washed off. Disgusting!! Imagine if I didn’t wash the filter twice a year. Would be a toxic waste dump. *I have a black cat. Wonder how much of this clump of grossness is her fur? Imagine if I didn’t brush her every day!!
“These bits of skin contain a protein called FelD1 that is responsible for the allergic reaction. FelD1 is found in a cat’s urine, sebaceous glands, and saliva. When a cat licks their body, the protein attaches itself and dries, and when the dander flakes off, the allergen becomes airborne.”
So a protein called FelD1 (Felis domesticus allergen I) is the problem for people who are allergic to cats. Some cats have less of this protein, but that’s a whole other topic.
What can you do? Avoid or minimize contact with FelD1.
Don’t let your cat on the bed.
Don’t rub your face and hands against your cat’s body, unless you’re going to wash afterwards.
Keep a clean house.
Don’t keep the litter box in an area where you spend a lot of time. Don’t use a dusty litter. Keep the litter box scooped.
Bare floors are better than carpeting. Don’t choose upholstered furniture.
Bathing and brushing at least once a week. If you can’t bathe your cat, wipe your cat down with a hypo-allergenic pet wipe or a wet washcloth as often as you can. You have to do it at least once a week. For real. See below for study.
My opinion is that shampooing is going to be more effective at decreasing dander than just soaking a cat in water. Why? Shampooing makes cats less oily. Allergens stick to oil. How do I come to that conclusion? Everything sticks to oil. I don’t need a study to prove this:)
I’m better at shampooing than most owners, so what makes sense is to schedule a bath once a month or as often as you can, while wiping the cat down as often as you can.
Sitting inside watching the snow — yes, it’s pretty! — while breathing in dander, dandruff and cat fluff? Windows closed. Heat pouring out of vents. Dry skin and dry nose. Perfect time for major allergy flare-ups.
Grooming decreases shed fur, cleans off dandruff, and washes away dander (temporarily). If I had cat allergies, I’d be on meds and would have my cat groomed at least every 3 months. If you can’t schedule a cat grooming, try wiping your cat with fragrance-free cat wipes. Do that once a day.
What I get from this — if you’re allergic to cats, can’t hurt to wipe their face with a slightly damp towel once a day. May even help.
So why have your cat groomed if grooming doesn’t help with allergies? Mats. Shedding. Oily skin. Dirt from litter box. If you’re like me, your cat lives on your body, like a furry parasite. I prefer clean, fluffy parasites.