Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cats and Allergies

Allergists are now recognizing (what many of us have known forever) that cats ARE a part of the family - and removing the cat is not an option – so, we have to figure out WHAT TO DO!

Let’s start by understanding why many people are “allergic” to cats.  The first reason is that common allergens, such as pollen and dust, just collect – and often get stuck – in Kitty’s fur.  Once we’re past the more common allergens, the culprits have to do with an allergy to proteins found in feline saliva, urine, and dander.  Felines have at least five proteins that can be allergens for humans. (For the scientists — the two major allergens are Fel d 1 and Fel d 4. The minor allergens include Fel d 2, Fel d 3, and cat IgA.)  Unlike the pollen and dust (that just fall or are rubbed into Kitty’s hair), these more complex allergens are deposited in the fur from saliva, urine and the skin.  Cat allergen particles are sticky and small.  At a miniscule size – about one tenth the size of a dust mite particle – they can remain airborne for long periods of time, and then can “stick” to any surface they come into contact with.

What can a cat loving family do?  When divorcing the cat is NOT an option – the easiest (and most reliable solution) is a professional cat groomer!

When it’s “Groomer vs Allergen” what happens?

During each groom at Kitty’s Spa, Kitty’s fur is thoroughly washed and blow dried, which “unglues” and removes most of the allergens and dead fur from Kitty’s coat.  This leaves you with a soft and cuddly Kitty who doesn’t cause a sneeze-fest every time you pet her!

By placing Kitty on a four to six week bath and brush schedule, the professional groomer is able to keep the allergens from building up on the cat’s coat.  A regular routine of professional grooming significantly decreases the amounts of allergens your family is exposed to.

Keeping your family (Humans and Kitty) intact and happy is not easy when humans are allergic.  Many cat owners can’t imagine giving the cat a bath!  In fact, some people don’t even realize that cats CAN be bathed!  By reducing the allergens through regular bathing, my family was able to win the battle and I would like to help your family also make it a reality!

Please contact Kitty’s Spa at for more information.

Published September 2013, The Magazine of Santa Clarita

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