Allergies to cats can be heartbreaking. Many people end up getting rid of their cats and millions of cats find themselves homeless because of allergic reactions. This is never a good place to be and if you are one who wants to keep your furry friend and not have symptoms that make you feel horrible then you should consider trying the following things to make life easier for yourself while still keeping your cat.
Get a Hypoallergenic Cat
If you don't already own a cat then you will want to consider getting one that is less likely to cause allergic reactions. There are a few different options. First and foremost, studies have shown that a light colored, female cat is less likely to cause allergy issues. There are also several breeds that are less likely to cause issues because they shed differently. You can also look into getting a breed labeled as a hypoallergenic cat. However, it should be noted that this does not guarantee that the cat won't cause allergies and at least 25% of rex cats (one of those hypoallergenic cats) that find their way to shelters are there because they caused allergic reactions in their owners.
Do As Much As You Can To Reduce Contact With Cat Dander
Dander are the dead skin cells that are released by the cat. We all release these skin cells, but cat dander is a particular problem because of certain proteins that are found in it from glands under the skin, from saliva, and from urine. These proteins are what causes the allergic reaction so the best thing you can do for your allergies while still owning a cat is to reduce contact with pet dander as much as possible.
One common way to reduce cat allergy symptoms is to take natural anti-inflammatories. There are a number out there in nature, but two that are commonly used for treating cat allergies are allium cepa and euphrasia. Alluium cepa is a molecule that is found in red onions and euphrasia is an herb that has flowers that are particularly good for their anit-inflammatory properties and is commonly called Eyebright.
Natural Immune Booster
Another thing that is common when you are looking for natural remedies to cat allergies is to boost the immune system with vitamins, herbs, and other supplements. Borage, elder, and ginseng are all immune boosting herbs, but others can also be added to the immunotherapy regiment. There are also a few vitamins and minerals that are known for helping to boost the immune system including Vitamin C and zinc.
Flushing the Allergens From The System
Another thing that can help you to feel better is to flush the allergens from your system. You can use saline solutions such as that used for cleaning contacts to flush cat dander from your eyes and you can use saline based nasal spray to flush them from your nose. You can use lemon water (a half of glass), Castor oil (a few drops), or apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon to 8 oz of water) to clear the allergens from the system.
Treating the Symptoms
There are a number of herbs that will help to treat itchy eyes, runny noses, congestion, and coughs. They include alfalfa, cayenne, fenugreek, horehound, licorice, lovelia, mullein leaf, and red clover. To prevent itching responses you can take omega 3 (either from fish oil or flax seed oil) or evening primrose oil.
Antihistamines are usually drugs that reduce the response to an allergy. However, those that are given through prescription drugs often cause nasty side effects. There are some natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can naturally reduse the histamine response without the nasty side effects. They include bromelain, calcium, carotenoids, magnesium, pycnogenol, quercetin, selenium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
You should take a good multivitamin and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to get most of these nutrients in high numbers. You may also want to try including a supplement or two to help with your allergy to cats.
There are also some plants that have natural antihistamine effects. These include basil, butterbut, chamomile, echinacea, fennel, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea, licorice root, spirulina, stinging nettle, and thyme. Many of these things can be enjoyed as tea. Some can be added or increased in your diet and all of them can be taken as supplements.
Mixed Allergy Reducers
As more and more people are turning to natural remedies many companies have combined natural ingredients together to make you more comfortable. You can take a single dose, just like you would with a pharmaceutical drug only you don't have to take fake drugs or anti-histamines.
While what you eat doesn't cause an allergic reaction to cats, it can increase the symptoms from the allergic reaction. If you avoid dairy then your allergic reaction symptoms are likely to be less. This is especiallly true if some of your cat allergy symptoms include mucus production such as a cough, congestion, or a runny nose.
While all of the above are often classified as homeopathic remedies there are a lot of “alternative medicine” options out there. You can see a Chinese herbalist for a number of herbs. You can get acupuncture and acupressure. There are yoga positions that can help improve your cat allergies.
Talk With a Professional
It must be said that this article is only provided as information. I have no medical degree and can't really give recommendations on what you should (or shouldn't do) for your cat allergies. You should talk with a doctor or alternative medical practitioner such as an herbalist. Only that way can you really get the care that you need and the recommendations for what you should take, what shouldn't be taken together, and how much you should take.
Cat allergies are never fun, but there are a number of things that can really make a difference in your allergies. By combining practices of avoiding cat dander with natural remedies you may be able to avoid taking medications and still keep your cat.