Allergies to cats are caused by cat danger, skin cells, saliva and other proteins that cause your body to release histamine which is ultimately to blame for your allergy symptoms. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley has some tips:
Wash your hands immediately after petting your cat.
Keep your hands away from your face, particularly your eyes.
Spend time petting your cat just before taking a shower – so you can wash all of the allergens off immediately.
Change your pajamas every night and keep your bath towel in your bedroom. Look at the whole picture.
Other culprits, such as dust mites and pollen, may be causing reactions too. Ask your doctor about the appropriate allergy medication.
Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops and inhalers can help reduce the symptoms.
Consider immunotherapy. Popularly known as “allergy shots,” this treatment involves a series of injections with the allergen that’s troubling you.
Brush your cat daily. A non-allergic family member can be responsible for grooming (outdoors) or you can take your cat to a professional groomer.
Bathe your cat frequently or use allergen-reducing wipes such as Pal’s Quick Cleansing Wipes, Whisker City or Nature’s Miracle wipes.
Feed your cat a well-balanced diet that includes some natural fat. Fat will make her skin less dry so there will be less shedding.
Wash your cat’s bedding and toys weekly.
Have someone else change the litter box. Also avoid deodorized litter and litter that throws off dust.
Keep your cat out of your bedroom and off your bed at all times.
Spray anti-allergen sprays such as Allersearch ADMS spray or AAC Pet Dander spray.
Avoid heavy carpets, curtains, or upholstered furniture that hold onto allergens.
Use a room air purifier containing a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.
Cover any heating or air conditioning vents with cheesecloth, to reduce allergens. If you have central air, close the vent in the bedroom.