Guys! This is something big! Today I decided to reveal one of the major things I’ve been battling for the past year. How to beat Cat allergy.
A year ago I moved in with my boyfriend and we got Mousey a few months later. I am a huge animal lover and I would be so happy to be surrounded more by them but since I live in London which is such a busy city, a cat was the best solution. You know, they are independent and they sleep at least 16 hours per day which kind of works for us. By the time we get home, Mousey had his long nap already and we can start to make him run and exercise a bit.
Since I am very close with my parents, they were visiting our home frequently. My dad told me a long time ago that he was allergic to cats. I never believed him since we had a cat when I was younger, so I got Mousey anyway. Yeap…we live and we learn!
At the beginning, my dad didn’t have any major allergic reactions but in time, everything started from sneezing to asthma attacks. (He suffered from asthma in his childhood). Every time he would step in our place, the reactions would increase so I knew this is going to be a real struggle against his allergy because there was no way I could give up Mousey.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not cat fur that people are allergic to, but rather a protein contained in the dander on the fur. When cats lick themselves, they leave behind deposits of saliva that dry and flake off as dander. The dander can be anywhere, especially in the air which makes it kind of impossible to prevent.
In a period of a year, I tried literally everything to make my dad feel better but only a few things made a huge difference.
Cat Allergy Medicine
I bought some anti-allergy medicine for my dad and he started to take them. It helped a bit but just for a few hours. Anti-allergy pills like the ones you can find in the pharmacy or drugstore, work only for the moment and you cannot live on them if you have a cat near most of the time. It’s just a short-term kind of cure for it.
Stay far from cats
After my dad visited the doctor, the only thing that he was told is to stay far from the cats because there is no actual vaccine developed to cure this allergy. But how could I stop my dad from visiting? The truth is that after investigating about vaccines for pets and people, there a vaccine jab for cats that could work but it is still in the experimental stage.
Be a clean freak
This requires dedication and hard work. If you know that the person with the allergy normally sits in one certain place, make sure you keep the cat far from it at ALL TIMES. If you live with a cat and you have an allergy, change the sheets, hover a clean the dust as often as you can. I personally purchased anti-allergy pillows, duvet and bedding sets to prevent more complications. You can find good ones in John Lewis.
Purchase a MIELE Vacuum with the HEPA filter
THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION!! During this whole year, we were using a hoover for everything. From our room to the living and kitchen. Well, that was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve done for the cat allergy prevention. Knowledge is power guys, believe me! Just when I was about to give up, after trying almost everything…I found online some information about a HEPA filter which only a few vacuums have integrated.
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
My dad suggested the brand MIELE because we had electricals from them and the quality is outstanding.
Since we purchased the Miele C3 Cat & Dog PowerLine, we vacuum every 2 days and basically, I can say the problem is gone. Every time my dad is in, he doesn’t have allergic reactions anymore, Mousey is walking around everywhere and we couldn’t be happier about this!
I hope this makes a difference for you as well!!
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!!