Cat Allergy

Black short haired cat

A short-haired cat can be a good option for people with mild cat allergies.

If you are an allergy sufferer, you know too well the discomfort that comes with the symptoms. When you discover the cause of your allergy, you would naturally avoid it at all cost. What if the cause of your allergy is your cat? Does having a cat allergy mean you have to give up having them as pets? Well, not necessarily but some arrangements have to be made.

Most of the time, a cat allergy is the result of sensitivity to the shedding of skin cells through the cat's hair. Symptoms of this allergy can be itching, sneezing, watery eyes and so forth. In serious case, it can result in swelling and breathing difficulties.

If you have severe cat allergies, it is not advisable to keep the cat in your house. In this case, you should find a different place for your cat to live. You doctor can determine the severity of your cat allergy. It is best to check with your doctor if it seems necessary to remove your cat from your house.

If your allergy is more moderate, you should be able to live with your cat with some minor adjustments. Sometimes, people do not realize that they have an allergy to cats until they buy one.

There are a few things you can do to minimize the effect of your cat allergies:

  1. Have your cat groomed at the veterinarian
  2. Keep your house clear of cat hair by vacuuming often
  3. Get a good air filter
  4. Avoid stroking your cat at a close proximity

It can help to get a shorthaired cat if you have cat allergy. Short-haired cats require less grooming, and they shed less hair than the longhaired cats. You will probably find the allergy more tolerable with shorter-haired cats.

On top of these considerations, you may want think about getting allergy shots for the long term. Getting medications for your allergy can reduce most of the inconveniences that come with living with your pet. This way also saves you lots of pain and discomfort. You would not have to deal with the discomfort of owning a cat pet and not being able to keep it in the house.

Finally, whether you should give up owning a cat or not is something only you can decide. It is an important decision because owning a pet comes with responsibility. If you have discussed your situation with your doctor and believe that you can manage with the allergy, then by all means keep your cat.