Oh no, it seems someone in your family has had a reaction to your cat. Let’s start with testing. Often people think they are allergic to cats when in fact, the cause of the reaction is something else – such as strong flea medicine. So, there could be a range of other causes. The only way to verify an allergy to cats is with a quick test from your GP. Your GP may also be able to prescribe or suggest some medicine to help manage your allergy if it is a mild reaction and you can’t bear the thought of parting with your cat.

Try these tips

It`s probably not the breed

Did you know that the main sources of cat allergens are saliva, skin particles and hair? This means all breeds of cat can potentially cause allergies -- it`s just that some may not shed as much hair and dander as others. So-called `hypoallergenic cats` have never been verified in clinical studies as less of an irritant to people.


Have a pet-free area

Create a pet-free area in your home (like the bedroom) and do not allow your cat access to this area. Often it is not a small exposure that can trigger allergies but constant and unceasing exposure.

Bathe your cat

Bathing your cat is a thing! This will not only prevent the build-up of old cells and hair within the coat, but preempt hair and skin that will soon fall out by exfoliation and drying and brushing. Because cats groom themselves by licking, be sure to use pet-safe shampoos.

Keep your home clean

Keep your home clean of dander - invest in an air purifier, remove carpet or curtains and wash bedding regularly. If your pet rides in the car with you, consider using washable covers.

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