Spring may be far off (or maybe not), and with the change of seasons comes that dreaded word, allergies.
If you have a cat in your home, there may be a challenge to keeping some of those in home allergies at bay. However, there may be a few tips to help deal with the allergy issue.
An article recently posted by the managing editor of Cat Fancy, Annie B. Shirreffs, gives some insight if you are a cat owner.
Basic cleaning is a good place to start when dealing with cat allergens. Be sure to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling your cat. If you are the lucky person to brush your cat and/or clean the litterbox, it is a good idea to wear a face mask.
Clean air in the home will also contribute greatly to diminishing allergens. A HEPA air purifier or one with activated carbon or electrically charged filters will assist in keeping your home allergen free. Be sure that your vacuum cleaner also has a HEPA filter or is designed for pet hair removal.
Keep your cat out of your bedroom or family room. This will allow you to have a place that is somewhat free of cat allergens. An outdoor enclosure is also something to consider. This will assist in allowing cat dander to simply blow away.
Another redecorating option to assist with allergens is to replace carpeting with wood, laminate or tile floors. If this is an impossibility, vacuum frequently and be sure to steam clean your carpet regularly.
Fabrics used on furniture can also contribute to cat allergens, so think about vinyl, faux leather and such the next time you need to furniture shop.
Wallpaper can also hold cat dander whereas tile and paint allow allergens to escape. The same is true regarding window treatments where blinds and shades are better choices than thick curtains or drapes. If you do prefer fabric window treatments, make lightweight choices which may be easily thrown into your washing machine.