Life with cat allergies — whether they’re yours or a family member’s — can raise a lot of questions. Could a cat allergy explain your son’s never-ending cold symptoms? Will you regret giving in to your daughter’s demands for a kitten, despite your allergies? Will a so-called hypoallergenic cat allow you to have the pet you’ve always wanted without making you a sneezing, sniffling mess?
Based on the symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between allergies and other maladies like a cold or the flu, and once you’ve determined allergies are to blame, figuring out what’s sparking them can be even more problematic. But there are some symptoms which, when taken together, might suggest your kitty could be causing the problems.
Recognizing an allergic reaction to cats often requires verification by a skin or blood test performed by a doctor. This is because cats also bring pollen and mold allergens into the home which may be the root cause of an allergic response, and other elements of a home can also cause allergic reactions where cats are present, such as dust and chemicals in the air, or contaminants produced by cat litter. Often, cleaning cat litter frequently and bathing a cat in pet shampoo will reduce allergic symptoms, which is another way of verifying the source of an allergic reaction to cats.