Current Methods for Managing Cat Allergens Have Limitations

Human allergists often recommend for cat allergen-sensitive owners to avoid or reduce the allergen contact—which means constant house cleaning, bathing the cat, or medications that ease symptoms for people with cat allergen sensitivity.

All of these methods have limited effectiveness to reduce the allergen load, require significant effort, can be costly, and may be difficult to sustain in the long term.

Pharmaceutical interventions, such as preventing the onset of symptoms by using medications before cat exposure and immunotherapy, are a common approach which also have limitations relating to both side effects and efficacy. Antihistamines are mainly used to combat allergen sensitivity manifestations, the action of which is aimed at eliminating symptoms such as itching, skin rashes, swelling of the mucous membranes, and others.

Sadly, in extreme cases, the best line of defense might be to avoid having any cats in the home. But as all owners will know, none of these options improve the bond between cats and the people who love them.

Owner sitting on a lounge with his hairless cat
Best Cats For Allergies

While pet dander and the protein in cat saliva are the usual culprits behind allergies, there are cat breeds that are believed to be hypoallergenic.

Cat having a consultation with veterinarian
Cats & Hairballs

Cats spend hours each day cleaning their faces and maintaining their coats.

Cat having a consultation at the veterinary clinic
Worms In Cats & How To Treat Them

If your cat or kitten has worms, it is important to seek the appropriate treatment.