Here are eight tips to help you with your allergies to cats. It came as a surprise when I learned that I am extremely allergic to cats. However, as an animal communicator, I work with cats every day. My allergies to cats are so bad that if I enter a house where a cat used to live, I’ll start to sneeze, my eyes will water and swell, my nose runs, and sometimes I break out in hives. However, I love cats and will never let allergies keep me away from them.
Here are my top 8 tips for controlling cat-related allergies:
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine one hour before visiting the home or animal rescue shelter where the animal resides. If you’re allergic to your own cats, take an antihistamine as soon as you wake up in the morning. I’m usually not a big fan of taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications but, it seems to help keep the symptoms at bay.
- Consider taking some homeopathic remedies that focus on allergies and sinus problems in general. I’ve experienced positive results with homeopathic remedies made by Newton Homeopathic or Bach Flower Essences.
- Flush your sinuses, before and after being around cats, with a warm saline solution. Any brand will work but I particularly like the Simply Saline brand.
- Wash your hands and face thoroughly after holding or petting cats.
- Change your clothes and take a shower. This will allow your sinuses to open and drain and wash away any allergens you collected on your skin or clothes.
- Politely ask the owners of the animal to clean the areas where the animal usually stays before you arrive. If you explain to them the reason why, they are usually happy to accommodate.
- Stay out of any areas of the house where cat-related allergens tend to collect. This includes rugs, carpets, curtains and upholstery. Spend most of your time on surfaces that are easily mopped and often cleaned like tile or hardwood floors.
- Avoid playing with the cat’s toys. Toys are rarely, if ever, cleaned or washed. They could harbor many types of bacteria, saliva from the animal and animal dander.
These tips will help you in controlling the allergies that may flare up when you are around cats. There may be other ways to control allergies, of course, but these are the ones that I have tried and that work for me.
Photo credit: Andrew Goloida (modified by Michael)