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Allergies To Cats

Who gets cat allergies?

Cat allergies can strike anyone at any age in their life. Most people that suffer from cat allergies often have other mild or moderate allergies to pollens or molds. There is believed to be a strong genetic correlation in contracting allergies. In other words, if your parents have allergies, then you are likely to have them also. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergies to cats or dogs occur in approximately 15% of the population.

What part of the cat are people allergic to?

Cat allergy in humans is an allergic reaction to cat glycoprotein secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands which is mostly found in the cat's skin, urine and saliva.

Because cats and dogs are the most common pets, they top the list of animals that people are the most allergic to. However, people can also be allergic to birds, hamsters, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and the larger animals such as horses, goats, and cows. As people that suffer from allergies can tell you, there are often certain types of animals that they are more allergic to than others. In addition, there may be certain animals within a given species that they are more allergic to than others. This appears particularly true with cats.

How can a person reduce allergic symptoms to there cat?

If you or a member of your family is part of the 15% of our population allergic to pets, there are things you can do to help keep allergic reactions under control and make your home a much more comfortable place to live. Even if you do not have allergies, these tips are helpful if you have guests in your home that are allergic to animals.

We spend from one third to one half of our time in our bedrooms. By keeping the animals out of the bedrooms at all times, we can greatly reduce the symptoms of pet allergies. Install a good "HEPA" air cleaner. Clean and vacuum regularly. Bathe your pet weekly. Do not allow your pet on the furniture. Close the ducts to the bedrooms and use electric heaters. Do not allow your pet in your car. (Or use car seat covers when your pet is in the car.) Wash your hands after handling the pet, his toys, bed, etc. See your physician and discuss possible immunotherapy or medications. Brush your pet daily and use an allergy-reducing sprays. Keep your pet's skin healthy by feeding a high quality food and a essential fatty acid supplement

Controlling Symptoms of Allergies To Cats:

Allergic reaction to cats can be lessened most successfully by minimizing exposure to cats. If living with a cat is unavoidable, frequent hand washing and avoiding touching eyes or other sensitive areas is advisable. Minimizing upholstery, rugs and draperies in which the allergen can accumulate in the home is another strategy. Barring the cat from certain rooms (in particular the bedroom or other rooms where much time is spent) or limiting it to the outdoors is also partially successful. Finally, some allergy sufferers find relief in periodic injection therapy designed to stimulate the body's natural immune responses to the cat allergen. Although this is not usually 100% successful, it can reduce reactions to tolerable levels for many individuals.


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