LETTER: How cat owners can cut down on the risk of allergies

In the wake of Allergy Awareness Week (April 20-26), Cats Protection is urging cat 
owners in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford to think treatment first prior to making the decision to give a cat away.

Allergic reactions aren’t fun – nobody wants itchy eyes or a blocked nose. However in many cases allergies can be easily managed.

We are urging cat lovers everywhere to consider all treatment options, only giving their cat away as a last resort.

Allergies aren’t a life sentence and that there are a number of ways to reduce triggers. In some cases, cat owners are mistaking dust and other allergies, placing the blame mistakenly on their cats.

To conquer an allergy people should first consult their doctor, and then consider the following tips for easing symptoms:

• Using antihistamine tablets or nasal spray

• Having hardwood floors instead of carpets and using blinds instead of curtains

• Avoiding woollen clothing

• Creating cat-free zones, particularly bedrooms

• Opening windows for at least one hour every day and moving the litter tray and cat bed away from air vents

• Regularly cleaning rooms where the cat sleeps

• Grooming your cat outdoors on a daily basis

• Washing your cat’s bed regularly

• Using Bio-life Petal Cleanse, which has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of

90 per cent of sufferers

If you’re concerned that you or a family member might be allergic to your cat, assess the situation by having a trial separation help rule in or rule out your cat as the cause.

And if you’re a cat fan thinking about bringing your first furry friend into your home then be allergy aware and visit a friend or family with a cat - if you have a serious allergy you’ll soon be sure of it.

Allergic reactions can be caused by a number of triggers/allergens – and almost anything can cause an allergic reaction, with the severity of reaction ranging from person to person. For the most part, symptoms can include itchy and watery eyes, sneezing or a blocked or runny nose, itchy skin or coughing and wheezing.

For further information on cats and their care, please contact Cats Protection’s Eastbourne Adoption Centre on 01323 440101.

Mandy Clarke

Eastbourne Adoption 
Centre, Marshfoot Lane, 
Hailsham