Cats make wonderful companions and for decades have been among the most popular pets on the planet. However, one problem many owners face is when a friend or relative pops round who suffers from cat allergies which often leads to them suffering a severe reaction. But all is not lost because there are certain things you can do to make life easier for both your feline companion and any visitor who comes over so that things are a lot more comfortable for all concerned and friends can still visit your home.
If you are having friends over for the evening and know that someone in the group has an allergy to cats, the best thing you can do is provide your pet with their own space for the evening. A lot of cats tend to get a bit nervous when strangers are around anyway, so by leaving them in a room with lots of food and fresh clean water along with a clean litter tray and lots of toys to keep them busy, could make their lives less stressful all round. It also means friends will allergies will feel more comfortable when visiting your home.
To get rid of any dander and hair that’s lying around the home means having to vacuum the house thoroughly before your friends arrive for the evening. It's also a good idea to open a few windows because dander whether from a cat or other animal is airborne which means it constantly floats around a home where pets live. Wiping all surfaces down with a damp cloth is better than just dusting the areas because that will just kick up dander and the problem worse.
You can spray an eco-friendly cleaning product onto surfaces too which helps reduce dander levels to some extent. Tools like lint brushes are perfect for going over all soft furnishings and curtains to remove any dander that's settled on fabrics. Shampooing carpets on a regular basis also helps keep things under control so that all you have to do is give them a good once over with the vacuum when you know a friend who suffers from cat allergies is coming round. The thing to bear in mind is that when you share your home with a cat it will never be 100% dander-free, but you can make it a lot more bearable by regularly vacuuming and wiping surfaces with a damp cloth. Having wooden floors instead of carpeting also helps reduce the amount of dander and hair that’s left lying around a home, but animals can find it hard to walk on wooden surfaces because they are so slippery.
These days there are some very effective over-the-counter anti histamine products that you can buy from most good chemist shops. It's always a good idea to keep one of these in your medicine cabinet just in case someone has an allergic reaction when they're visiting your home.
Some people swear that air purifiers are the best thing to keep pet dander under control, but the jury is still out on whether they are as effective as some people claim them to be. However, anything is better than nothing so if you do share your home with a pussy cat, you might want to consider investing in one and use it when you know friends who suffer from allergies are coming over to visit you.
By leaving a few windows open, fresh air can circulate around your home. This is a great option during the warmer spring and hotter summer months, but not easy when the weather is freezing outside during the colder times of the year. Naturally, during the summer most people like to have friends over to spend some quality time outside in the garden weather permitting. However, for people who live in flats, this is not an option so leaving windows open when people come over is one way to keep air circulating around the place which makes it more comfortable for people with allergies to spend time in.
Just because you share your home with a pussy cat does not mean you cannot have friends over who suffer from allergies. There are things you can do to make things more comfortable for them which includes leaving your pet in a room for the evening and to make sure you’ve wiped all surfaces with a damp cloth before giving rooms a good once over with the vacuum. With this said, if anyone suffers from a very serious allergy to cats, even by doing everything in your power to reduce the levels of dander found in your home, they may still have a bad reaction which is why it’s a good idea to keep an anti-histamine in your medicine cabinet.