Consider room air filters for the allergic
person’s bedroom, cat’s room, or other rooms
in your house. Also, a whole-house filter can
be installed in your furnace’s ductwork. “Using
an electrostatic air filter on your furnace and
adding a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air)
filter helps to remove the floating hairs and
dust particles that carry the dander and allergen
proteins about your home,” Stryker said. “If you
have radiators or electric baseboard heat, invest
in high-quality room air-filtration units.”
6. Invest In a vacuum that has a
Carpeting and upholstery are allergen magnets,
so vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture
every week with your HEPA vac. If you’re the
allergic person, ideally this should not be your
chore, but if it is, wear a dust mask. If your eyes
are sensitive, also wear goggles.
8. KeeP the allergIc Person’s bed-
room off-lImIts to your cat.
For sound, restorative sleep, we all need an
allergen-free zone. Sleeping in a room or bed
full of allergens of any kind, whether dust
mites or dander, can cause you to wake up
with a stuffy nose and headache. You especially want to keep all bedding, surrounding
window treatments, and flooring clean. Make
the bedroom the allergy sufferer’s safe haven.
9. clean lItter boxes daIly.
Litter boxes can cause the severest reactions in
people with asthma, because urine and feces
contain allergens and because the litter itself
can be dusty. Clean litter boxes daily and change
the litter weekly, and keep the litter box in a
well-ventilated area. Use a dust-free litter, such
as pine or newspaper pellets, or one specially
made for people or cats with respiratory issues.
10. consIder a low-allergenIc
cat lIKe a sIberIan.
Because all cats produce Fel d 1, the protein
responsible for most cat-specific allergies,
technically there are no hypoallergenic cats.
But some cats produce such low levels of Fel
d 1 that even people with the severest allergies
don’t react. (See “Your Lowdown on Low-
allergenic Cats” sidebar.)
7. bathe and brush
Weekly bathing and daily brushing
removes allergens from kitty’s fur
and reduces airborne allergens.
Dampen your cat’s fur with a
grooming solution beforehand to
reduce airborne allergens while
brushing. (Bathing and brushing
should be done by someone
without allergies, if possible.)