5 Steps to Stop Cat Allergies
Nearly 1 in 6 Americans is allergic to their household pet. Cat allergies top the list, leaving millions of adults and kids in need of safe, long-lasting relief.
Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. What’s more, scientists report that 1 out of every 3 people who has any allergy at all will also have a cat allergy, whether they know it or not!
What causes a cat allergy?
The cause of indoor allergies is “protein allergens,” microscopic protein particles that are constantly shed by every living creature through their skin, saliva, urine, excrement, fur and dander.
For those with a dust mite allergy, for example, the problem is not the insect itself. Mites are totally harmless even for the most allergic people. It’s actually a protein in mite droppings that provokes allergy symptoms.
For those with cat allergies, the contaminant is Fel-d1. Invisible to the naked eye, this protein allergen is produced mostly by the “sebaceous glands” in a cat’s skin. Be aware, however, that Fel-d1 is also found in cat saliva, urine, feces, fur and dander.
Fel-d1 “allergens” are so tiny and lightweight that they become airborne the second they leave an animal’s body. Within minutes they can travel many yards. Because they’re sticky, these cat allergens cling to clothing, furniture upholstery, bed linen, towels, rugs, drapes or any other fabric surface. From there, they get picked up and absorbed into human skin.
How does Fel-d1 provoke allergy symptoms?
In most people, Fel-d1 is unable to activate symptoms because the body correctly identifies it as a harmless protein.
But in adults and children with a cat allergy, Fel-d1 gets mistaken for a dangerous contaminant. Inhaled through nose and mouth, or entering the body through the eyes and skin pores, Fel-d1 can cause a wide array of miserable symptoms:
- puffy-red eyes that tear and burn
- runny nose
- sneezing, coughing and upper respiratory congestion
- itchy skin, hives and rashes
- pronounced and chronic exhaustion
- shortness of breath
- joint pain and arthritis
Who’s most likely to have a cat allergy?
Cat allergies are a cumulative response to Fel-d1. In other words, prolonged exposure to cats will eventually lead to an allergic reaction even in mildly susceptible people.
When will that happen? It’s different for every person. But we all have a threshold for handling allergens and when the level of contaminants around us exceeds that level, we start to experience symptoms.
Experts have determined that children are most at risk. Youngsters living in homes with high concentrations of Fel-d1 (and other indoor allergens) are 500% more likely to develop asthma, a chronic and serious medical problem.
Doctors also know that cat allergies are the leading cause of chronic asthma and irreversible lung damage in the United States today. That is one more reason why, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warnings, American homes are “the most allergic” environments in the nation.
Take a preventive approach
The best defense is an offense. If you want to prevent a cat allergy—or to relieve symptoms that have already developed—do what you can to reduce the Fel-d1 level in your home. Try this 5-Step Plan:
- Use the Easy Air Anti-Allergy System. Unlike other allergy products, which introduce harsh chemicals into your home, the Easy Air System is powerful and all natural. Used together, its Anti-Allergy Relief Spray and Anti-Allergy Laundry Rinse instantly deconstruct cat allergens at a molecular level. It’s like taking dangerous boulders and crumbling them into harmless rubble. Safe enough to use even around newborns or the smallest family pets, these state-of-the-art, all-natural liquid formulas will instantly transform your home into an Allergy Free Zone.
- Neuter your cats. The Fel-d1 allergen is controlled by hormones and non-neutered males produce the most. Multiple studies have shown that neutering sharply lowers Fel-d1 levels in female cats, too.
- Shampoo your cat. The animal will still produce Fel-d1, but bathing will dramatically lower the allergen level in your home. On average, a weekly bath will reduce airborne allergen levels by nearly 50%.
- Change the litter box frequently. And since cat allergens come from your pet’s urine and solid waste, it would also be wise to place the litter box in your garage or a room that can be vented to the outside.
- Moisten your pet’s fur before daily grooming. The moisture will help deactivate allergens and daily combing will definitely get rid of more. If you are allergic, always wear a dust-filtering mask when brushing or combing the pet.