How to Deal With Cat Dander

There’s no question that cats are a popular choice for pets — in fact, according to the AVMA, about 25 percent of U.S. households have these cute, furry felines as a live-in friend. Cats are gentle and make us feel special with their desire to be near us whenever we are around.

Unfortunately, the proteins found in a cat’s dander, can cause an allergic reaction and lead to symptoms like irritated eyes, itchy skin, or a runny nose. The question is, how to deal with cat dander and stay healthy?

Grooming and bathing your cat

Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but you should brush or comb your cat regularly. This way will prevent the buildup of dander on her skin and remove any dead fur.

Clean your home

Clean carpets, furniture, and curtains regularly. Throw your drapes, rugs, and couch covers in the washing machine a few times a month to get rid of as much of the allergen as possible.

Clean your home’s air ducts

Unsealed ductwork can allow cat dander and dust to buildup in your ducts, which in turn can get blown through your air vents and into your living spaces. To prevent this happen, call the HVAC professionals to clean your system.

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