Hello. My name is Dr. Carolyn Quagliata. I am the owner and founder of City Pet Doctor, New York City’s premiere house call vet service. The way you will know if you are allergic to your cat is that you will have runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, excess sneezing, and in some cases symptoms of asthma. It is very heartbreaking when you realize that your allergic to your cat or if you want to get a cat, and you realize that you are allergic. But the good thing, is that most people’s symptoms are mild to moderate, and they can be controlled enough where you can live harmoniously with your cat.
The first thing, there is definitely a lot of good medications out there that you can take that will help decrease the symptoms and there are also things that you can do in the environment in your home that will help decrease your symptoms. The main thing to understand is that the allergen is actually in the cat’s saliva. It is called, dander. And when a cat grooms themselves the dander actually aerosolizes and you breathe it or it touches your skin and that is what causes the allergic reaction. So if you use a hepa filter on a regular basis. If you wipe down your cat with safe wipes to help decrease the amount of dander. That helps. And then the last thing is to keep the cats out of the bedroom so that the allergic person has a safe haven. So if you follow these steps a lot of times you can control your symptoms enough to be able to live harmoniously with your cat.