Reducing cat dander can minimize allergic reactions and make your home cleaner and more comfortable.
By introducing your cat to a regular bathing and grooming routine, ensuring they eat a high-quality diet and using preventative parasite treatment you can effectively reduce the amount of dander they are producing.
Less dander produced by your cat combined with specific home cleaning techniques will make a considerable difference to your home and managing your allergies.
What is Dander?
Cat dander is essentially the pet equivalent of dandruff, it’s tiny flakes of dead skin that fall from your cat as new skin cells replace them. A certain amount of dander is normal but you may be noticing more than usual.
Excessive dander can be caused by many factors including lack of grooming, diet-related health issues and parasites. After falling from your cat, dander can land on furniture, clothing and curtains and can also linger in the air.
If you are not allergic to cats it’s likely you don’t even realize your cat’s dander unless they have started to produce a lot more than normal. On the other hand, if you are allergic to cats you will likely react to being exposed to cat dander causing you to sneeze, itch or become congested.
Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can minimize the amount of cat dander on your cat and in your home.
1. Brush your cat regularly
A regular grooming routine can help to prevent dander from building up on your cat’s skin. Use a puprose made cat brush on them once a day to remove any dead fur – this will help prevent dander.
This is particularly important if your cat is older, overweight or long haired as they will be less able to groom themselves effectively.
A regular grooming routine will benefit your cat and play a role in keeping their coats clean and healthy.
2. Bath your cat with cat shampoo
If you are struggling with cat dander, a weekly bath using cat shampoo can help get control of the situation.
We recommend using a cat shampoo that has been specifically designed to help with skin problems and dander. These shampoos will be gentle on your cat’s skin and will moisturize and sooth to help heal irritated skin and remove dead skin. When bathing your cat, it is really important to use a shampoo that won’t further irritate their skin.
Avoid shampoos with harsh chemicals, artificial dyes or additives, parabens and alcohol. It is also very important to never use a human shampoo on a cat as our pH balances are different and human shampoo will cause your cats skin to become irritated and dry out.
3. Use parasite prevention treatment
Protect your cat against ticks, fleas and other dander-causing parasites by introducing a monthly spot treatment to your cat’s care routine.
Preventing and treating fleas or ticks is inexpensive and effective. If you notice your cat has parasites, begin treatment immediately.
4. Wipe your cat with hypoallergenic or dander reducing wipes between baths
Using antiallergenic wipes on your cat’s coat between baths is a really easy way to remove dander and help with flaky skin. There are wipes that are specifically created to reduce dander by moisturizing your cat’s skin and coat.
As many cats hate baths using wipes will help you to keep your cats coat clean for longer.
Many cats are far more tolerant of being wiped with a cloth or a wipe than they are of having a bath so this offers a great alternative option.
5. Feed your cat a high-quality diet
One of the significant factors that impact your cat’s skin health is the food they are eating. Feeding your cat a high-quality cat food will help to ensure they are in good overall health and have healthy skin.
Protein, fat, vitamins and minerals each play vital roles in the health of your cat’s skin and coat.
A poor-quality diet or a diet lacking in proper nutrients often causes dry skin among other issues. Many low-quality diets lack important nutrients such as omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
=> If you’re struggling to reduce your cat’s dander or you’re seeing increasing amounts of dry skin, speak to your vet.