- Congestion or nasal obstruction
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Asthma, acute breathing difficulties
- Nasal discharge
- Redness and possibly swelling of the skin upon scratching
- Fatigue, weariness
Treatment and tips
The cat or your love interest?
It is now fairly common for a person allergic to cats to fall in love with a person for whom a cat is more than a pet, for whom the cat is not negotiable… Although moving the cat away may help the symptoms to some extent, one needs to realize that the main cat allergen, a light and sticky protein, may yet continue to contaminate the household for several months in spite of best cleaning efforts. This allergen is most common in public places and in schools.
The decision to let go of one’s cat must hold into account the severity of the symptoms involved. Poorly controlled asthma and nasal obstruction interfering with sleep raise greater concern obviously. Most of the time however, it is possible to respect a person’s decision to keep the cat by considering the following adjustments :
Male cats are worse
The allergenic protein most often responsible for cat allergy comes from its skin and its release is regulated by the male hormone. A person allergic to cats will usually tolerate kitten and female cats more easily.
Not in my bedroom!
It is certainly a good idea to rid the sleep area from contact with the cat allergen. The cat should not have access to the allergic person’s bedroom let alone the bed. This relative avoidance measure aims to provide better quality sleep. It is also important to review the ventilation and consider an appropriate HEPA compliant system.