The popularity of cats as pets continues to grow. Unfortunately, allergy to these animals is one of the most common, much more so than to dogs. That’s why we would like to explain the symptoms and causes of cat allergies, which can manifest themselves at any time.

It’s generally believed that a cat allergy is caused by animal hair, but the truth is it’s triggered by a protein in their saliva and sebaceous glands.

Because cats wash their fur with their tongues, they spread this allergen all over their bodies. For this reason, allergic people can suffer a reaction both by touching the cat and by being in contact with the hair they’re shedding.

The symptoms of this allergy and their intensity vary depending on the person, but the most common are:

  • Cough.
  • Itchy nose, throat or palate.
  • Nasal secretions.
  • Sneezing.
  • Sore throat.
  • Watery eyes.
  • To a lesser extent, it can cause asthma, skin rashes, hives and so on.

These symptoms are very similar to those of a common cold, but if they last more than 14 days, it’s most likely an allergy.

And what should you do if you are a cat owner and you’re diagnosed with this allergy? You can resort to medical treatments, but there are some tips for your home that will also help. These consist of keeping our spaces as clean as possible, ventilating thoroughly and not letting your cat climb on the bed or on any surface where its hair can stick. You should also bathe your cat more frequently, as this will reduce her need to groom herself and, consequently, spread the allergen all over her coat.

Unfortunately, you must also be aware that all cats naturally produce the protein responsible for allergies, so we can confirm that allergy-free cats are a myth.

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