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Animal protection organizations and Zoo's receive many numbers of cats because the owner's of cats or some of their family members fall allergic to cats. The following are considered as cat allergy symptoms watery eyes, itchy eyes, wheezing and running nose. Many people do not understand that these allergies can be controlled by cleaning the home regularly and bathing the cat daily.

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.

Why This Allergy Happens?

Dander is the major cause of cat allergies. Danders are nothing but cat's dead skin. But the major belief is that the cat's hair causes all allergies, which are not true. The allergies are due to the reaction from a protein called Fel D1.

Smoking, dust, insects and infection from other animals can also cause symptoms similar to cat allergies. Whereas in some cases a person would have got allergic to something like dust in home but the cats will be blamed for this.

The ways you can prevent these allergies

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.

The following things will help you to reduce the allergies.

* Antihistamines will help in reduction of cat allergies
* Consuming allergy shots will reduce these symptoms by to 65%, whereas it only
works 20% on dog allergies.
* Regularly wash your hands after touching the cat.
* Keep you hour free of dust and clean your home on regular basis
* Make the cats to sleep in a different room
* Make sure that your bedrooms doors are properly shut.This will prevent the allergies
from entering into beds and clothes
* Clean your carpet regularly
* Use air filter
* Replace your vacuum filters at regular intervals.
* If you cats sits on the furniture regularly then use slipcovers.
* Shop for mattress covers and pillowcases that are allergy proof.
* You vacuum should have a HEPA filter. Many vacuum cleaners does not remove Fel D1
protein,if it's spreaded in the clothes and beds.
* Mop your home often
* The bed used by should be washed often in hot water.
* Ceiling fans should cleaned at regular intervals. Because these ceiling fans will spread the
cat hairs and dusts all over the home

Following the above said methods will reduce your cat allergy symptoms drastically.

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).
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