Congratulations! You’ve been wanting one forever, and now you’ve finally decided to get a cat! However, there’s one small problem—you have allergies!
Don’t despair- allergies aren’t something that will completely prevent you from having a cat. You just have to take a few precautions.
1. Rid your home of other allergens.
Substitute blinds for window coverings; if you can’t, keeps the curtains washed and vacuum the drapes as often s you can.
If possible, replace upholstered furniture with leather.
Thoroughly vacuum the carpets; if you don’t like doing that, consider switching to wood or tile floors.
Pro tip: to avoid recirculating allergens in the air, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
2. Consider allergy medications
Allergy medications can range from over the counter to prescription medications, as well as natural therapies or methods such as allergy shots. Remember to always check with your doctor first before you start anything.
Visit friends with cats
You can test your tolerance of cats by visiting friends who have them; try to go at times that the cats are being fed, and when they are comfortable and relaxed. Use your allergy medication about a half-hour before your visit and ask your friend if an allergy relief spray or wipes can be used on their cat during your visit.
Discard scented candles, potpourri, and plug-in air fresheners
Eliminating these can prevent the exacerbation of allergy symptoms.
Consider hypoallergenic breeds
Some breeds are considered hypoallergenic; this means that they have a low occurrence of the glycoprotein, which is present in their dander. This hormone is what usually aggravates peoples’ allergies; it gets aerosolized and exposed to the air when cats groom themselves.
These are some of the breeds that have proven compatible for people with allergies:
Sphynxes stand out due to their lack of fur or hair. They love to lounge in sunspots for warmth and make excellent cuddle buddies; they like to keep warm under the covers with their owners at night.
People might be surprised, but this longhaired cat is actually low on the allergen that causes reactions in humans! Siberians have a delightful, outgoing personality, which makes them a great companion. They are relatively quiet, but do like to vocalize with mews, trills, and chirps.
The Oriental Shorthair is an elegant cat that comes in a rainbow of color combinations. They are athletic, intelligent, and vocal, and they produce less of the protein that is responsible for triggering allergies.
Bengals are beautiful, wild-looking, and smart; developed by breeding an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic house cat, Bengals have bright personalities and love to interact with everyone.
Siamese cats are medium-sized, refined-looking kitties; their most striking characteristic is their “points”, the dark color patches on their ears, face, tail, legs, and feet. Affectionally known as “meezers,” they are one of the original breeds of pedigreed cats, having been recognized as such by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1906.
Whatever breed you end up choosing, remember, even with allergies, there is a cat breed out there that is right for you!!