More Cat Care Information:
If your adorable cat makes your eyes water whenever he is near, you are probably allergic to its dander. Using an air purifier with the following 5 features indicates its ability to minimize your allergy symptoms
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
HEPA Filtration—Dander protein is one of the most potent allergens known. Dander is microscopic in size but it packs a powerful punch to those with allergies. Sneezing, congestion watering eyes, coughing and a constricted throat can all result when dander levels are high.
A HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) filter is recommended by doctors as a necessary part of any allergy management plan. It is able to effectively eliminate airborne particulates as tiny as .3 microns in size with a micron being described as one millionth of a meter.
This type of filter will easily remove dander as well as allergens such as bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew spores, dust, and dust mites. It is because of its efficiency that this technology is used in hospitals to insure clean air.
Carbon Cloth Filter—While cat-related pollutants may be the primary source of your allergy problems, flare-ups are often caused by a combination of triggers including smoke, odors, and airborne chemicals and scents from household, personal, and cleaning products.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
Originally invented by the British Military as protection against chemical warfare, this type of filter serves a dual purpose. Not only can it remove gaseous allergy triggers, but gives additional protection against particles because it is woven like cloth.
24 Hour Operation—Keeping allergen levels low helps you avoid the triggers. It is essential that any cleaner be able to run safely and effectively all the time. That is the only way to insure that irritants never rise to a level that will trigger an attack. This literally keeps the dander down!
To do this your cleaner need to be equipped with a split capacitor motor. Look in the technical specifications or the owner's manual to confirm that this is the type the purifier has.
360 Degree Intake—A unit that can pull air in from all sides is a huge advantage. This means you can place it any where that is best for your situation. Rather than need to be put in the center of the room you can put it as close as 6 inches to any surface and have it still function at 100% efficiency.
Casters—You've probably been told to keep your feline friend out of the bedroom. But if this is a long standing tradition you may not be heeding the advice you've been given.
A purifier with wheels that can roll effortlessly over any surface is a huge advantage. This would allow you to roll the cleaner into your bedroom at night which would help keep the allergens low and allow your friend to stay in the bedroom with you. Just a thought.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|