What to do if you are allergic to your kitten
So you’ve spent ages picking your perfect kitten and even longer waiting for her to arrive and then as soon as you get her home your worst fears are founded – you’re allergic to her.
We’ve all been there; itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing, your face expanding to the size of a watermelon. It’s not pretty, and severe kitten and cat allergies are difficult to live with – but how can you bare to get rid of your new fur-ball? The chances are you’ve already fallen head over heels in love with your kitten and you’re now contemplating spending the rest of your life in a dust mask and popping allergy pills, but you may not have to.
There are various things you can do to at least reduce the symptoms of your kitten and cat allergy to make your life more comfortable and to make sure your new cuddle monster gets all the attention she deserves.
The first thing to do is to bath your cat; I know what you’re thinking – cats and water do not go together, it’s just not natural, but there are ways of doing it. What you need to do is get a small anti-slip mat and put it in your sink, and then fill the sink with a few inches of warm-ish water. Pick up your kitten and put her in the sink and hold her gently by the scruff of the neck.
Holding a small animal by the scruff of the neck doesn’t always look very nice but it should be of comfort to them as that is how cats carry their kittens around. Gently rinse your kitten with the water and use a little bit of baby shampoo or sensitive flea shampoo; this will help reduce the mites that naturally occur in cats’ fur which is what causes the allergens.
Kitten and Cat saliva is also an allergen so washing the fur every couple of months will help to reduce this.
You shouldn’t bath your kitten regularly though – they’re never going to find it enjoyable so try and keep it to a minimum. Between bath times there are other measures you can take to help you live harmoniously with your kitten or cat.
Make your bedroom a cat-free zone; don’t let the cat in there at all, this way your bed sheets and bedroom will be allergy free – helping you to get a good night’s sleep. The other thing you need to do is to buy an air purifier; these come in different sizes and if you have a large living area you’ll need a bigger purifier.
Change the filters on these regularly and make sure you vacuum everything including the furniture and curtains around twice a week.
The last tip to reducing your cat allergy is to buy an allergen spray to put on the cat; you’ll need to spray your cat once a week, this doesn’t mean chasing your kitten or cat half way round your house with an aerosol, have the kitten on your lap and gently spray it down their backs.
There are different brands of spray so ask your vet which one would be best for your kitten.
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