Many cat owners suffer through allergies to their pet, but allergic responses to cat hair and dander can be managed. Does living with your feline friend make you break out in a rash, sneeze, or struggle to peer through watery eyes? Try the following tips to be more comfortable around your feline friend.
#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. All cats produce a common allergen in their saliva, but Purina Pro Plan LiveClear contains a key protein sourced from eggs that bind to and neutralizes the allergen. LiveClear is a revolutionary cat food shown to reduce the allergens in cat hair and dander by an average of 47%, starting in the third week of daily feeding. Talk to our team to see if feeding LiveClear is the right choice for your cat.
#2: 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.
#3: 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.
Before making any changes to your furry friend’s diet or routine, make sure to always discuss with your veterinarian first. We want to help you and your favorite feline to be the happiest you can be. Call us to schedule an appointment.