Achoo! That’s not the first sound you want to hear when a guest walks through your door. But with the holidays around the corner, you might be expecting guests who are allergic to cats. What should you do? Here are a few tips:
Treat your cat
- If neutering your male cat is on your “To Do” list, do it now. Un-neutered male cats shed much more allergen than females. Neutered males shed less.
- Bathe your cat with a shampoo that cuts down dander, such as Allergy Relief Shampoo.
- Keep your cat in a separate room while your guest is visiting. No matter how much you clean your home and pet, your cat may have sebum and allergens on her coat that could worsen the allergy. Move her food, water, bed, scratching post, toys and litter box in with her too.
Treat your home
- Vacuum your home thoroughly. Allergens are mist-like particles that can attach to fabrics, so make sure to clean rugs, curtains and furniture. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will also help trap particles.
- Avoid spreading more allergens by dusting furniture with a magnetic cloth duster or spray and mopping hard floors instead of sweeping them.
- Get a portable air purifier with a HEPA filter to cut down on airborne allergens. Another option is to buy a special filter for your home’s heating & cooling system.
- Does your cat sleep in your bed? If so, wash your sheets and resist giving your allergic guest a house tour as the bedroom may have more allergens.
- Move accessories that collect dust, like accent pillows and dried flowers. Also move coat racks and shoes from the entryway.
These things won’t guarantee an allergy-free visit, but they will improve the chance that your guest will sigh rather than sneeze.
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