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Cat allergies: : what treatments ?
What about cat allergy ?

What causes cat allergy?

Many people think that it is cat hair that causes allergic reactions. In reality, it is the proteins in the animal's saliva, urine and dander (dead skin cells) that cause them. These allergy triggers are called allergens. The best known allergen in cats is the Fel D 1 protein, which is released in saliva and skin secretions. When they groom themselves, they spread this protein all over their fur and when they shed their hair or dander, the allergen is deposited in the environment.

What are the symptoms?

Cat allergens can settle on the membranes lining the eyes and nose. Many airborne particles are small enough to enter the lungs. Many airborne particles are small enough to enter the lungs. For some, this exposure can cause serious respiratory problems.

Very sensitive people may start coughing and wheezing and become short of breath 15 to 30 minutes after inhaling allergens. Sometimes they have an intense rash on their face, neck and upper chest. Contact with a cat can trigger an asthma attack in three out of ten people with asthma. Cat allergies can also lead to chronic asthma.

Treatment: simple gestures to reduce your allergies and improve cohabitation with your pet

It's hard to come to terms with the idea of not having a cat when you love these animals but are allergic... Rest assured, there are solutions to reduce your exposure to allergens and to cohabit with your pet.

  • Firstly, prohibit the animal's access to the allergic person's room, whether it is in their presence or in their absence
  • Wash all bedding at 140 degrees at least twice a month. This will remove both dust mite and cat allergens (as we know some of you will let them sneak onto the bed from time to time)
  • Vacuum carpets, floor coverings (especially if you have a carpet), chairs and furniture. Cat allergen particles are very small and invasive, so you need to be thorough
  • Wash your hands immediately after petting your cat and do not rub your eyes

An air purifier against your allergies... and those of your cat?

To act and fight against these allergens as best as possible, an air purifier would allow you to live better with your cat allergy. The TEQOYA air purifier will remove polluting particles, even the finest ones which are the most dangerous because they are embedded deep in the lungs and blood. These devices will help you to clean and purify your air but also neutralise viruses and animal allergens. In addition, asthma, which is becoming increasingly common, can be relieved with an air purifier. Allergens are treated in the same way as particles by the negative ions emitted by the device. They are caught by the ions which then hold them down by static electricity, and as you are no longer in contact with them, your allergies and respiratory tract irritations decrease considerably.

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Asthma in cats

Asthma affects between 1 and 5% of cats. Although it is incurable, it is usually manageable with the right care and medication. Using an air purifier in one of the rooms where the cat spends most of its time can reduce the cat's wheezing, sneezing, runny nose and even itching. Owners also find that the purifiers keep the air clean especially around the area where litter dust can affect the cat's lungs and breathing.

In this cat hotel, the presence of allergens is a real issue, both for the cats, but also for the team of professionals who spend their day in a closed environment. Purchasing a TEQOYA device (here a Tip 9 from the first range of ionisers) has helped to reduce allergies and improve the well-being of all.

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