Natural Home Remedies and Treatments for Pet Allergies

There is a protein in pet saliva or urine that causes allergic reactions in many people. When animals clean themselves by licking, the protein is then within their fur.

You may also be allergic to ingredients in kitty litter (as are many cats), including chemicals, dust and mites. There are hypoallergenic litters available which may minimize these irritants.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cough
  • Itchy throat

PREVALENCE

It is estimated that about 10-20% of the population suffers from cat allergies.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • Steroid sprays for nasal complaints
  • Antihistamine eyedrops
  • Corticosteroids or bronchodilators for respiratory symptoms

SELF TREATMENT

It is believed that early exposure to cats can strengthen children’s immune systems, if introduced in the first year of life.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation but there is one school of thought that especially strong immune systems might be more apt to react to allergens in order to rid the body of toxins.

To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

The teas, spices and essential oils listed below have anti-inflammatory properties which may help with your symptoms. For more suggestions, see the post for Inflammation.

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Caffeine is inflammatory, so avoid that.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar in water as a tonic
  • Cinnamon
  • Dandelion
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Juniper berry
  • Licorice root
  • Matcha
  • Nettle
  • Peppermint
  • Turmeric
  • White Willow

HERBS AND SPICES

Use for tea or in cooking; sometimes as supplements.

  • Alfalfa
  • Allspice, Jamaican
  • Basil
  • Bilberry
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Dandelion leaves
  • Fennel seeds
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pumpkin pie spices
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • White Willow

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Bergamot
  • Blue tansy
  • Camphor
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • German chamomile
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Orange
  • Osmanthus
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Spruce
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Yarrow

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Activated Quercetin
  • Butterbur
  • Marshmallow root
  • Thyme
  • Vitamin C

HYDRATION

Dehydration causes your body to produce excess histamines, which will exacerbate your inflammation. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Water transports nutrients throughout the body, protects the eyes and mouth, lubricates joints, regulates your body temperature and removes waste from your body. Hydration is directly linked to brain functions. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise helps reduce inflammation. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Too much or too little sleep can increase inflammatory markers in the blood. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Allerpet is a liquid that may reduce cat allergens in the air. It can be used directly on cat’s fur.
  • Bathe your cat once a week or use a damp microfiber cloth all over your cat.
  • Clean pet bedding regularly (keeping your pet free of litter dust).
  • Groom your pet outdoors
  • If cats do sleep in your bedroom, wash bedding in hot water.
  • If it’s possible, neuter your cat early as that may decrease production of the protein that causes allergies.
  • If you have itchy skin, try some neem cream.
  • If your response to a pet allergy is itchy, red eyes, try natural moisturizing eye drops to ease irritation.
  • Keep cats out of your bedroom.
  • Steam clean carpets and rugs.
  • Try using a hypoallergenic, dust-free cat litter, like a corn litter, or coconut cat litter which is also an environmentally friendly option.
  • Use air filters in rooms where cats live.
  • Use an air purifier near the litter box.
  • Vacuum frequently.
  • Wash hands after handling cats. Be sure to keep “contaminated” hands away from your eyes.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

RESEARCH

Here are just a few thoughts for your further research if you are a cat owner.

    • Cat purrs may be medically therapeutic for humans; they serve to keep a cat’s bones healthy.
    • Outdoor cats have shorter life spans and are exposed to more pathogens.
    • Research shows that cats rarely take on rats (too big and scary) but they kill a great many birds and other small animals if they are roaming outside.
    • Research suggests that cats can be happy indoors (but you need to make sure they get exercise and have some interesting things to look at).
    • Researchers are experimenting with gene editing to produce felines without the protein in cat saliva that causes so much allergy suffering to their humans.
    • You can train a cat to walk on a leash and there may be several benefits to you and the cat. For one thing, the cat gets to do some beneficial “earthing.”
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