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What is a cat allergy exactly?
The allergen that people are allergic to is not the pet hair or dander, it is the in the protein that is carried in their saliva.  So it is carried on the hair but is not the hair itself.

What are the different ways to come into contact with this allergen?
About 50% of people with a cat allergy have never owned a cat but are exposed by the people and environment around them. The allergen can be carried on the clothing of anyone that has been in contact with a cat.

Do you have to get rid of your pet?
No, the fact is that the cat allergen would still remain in your house for months after the cat is gone.

What can you do to help the symptoms?
The most important thing to do is to keep the pet out of you bedroom and to keep the room vacuumed. You spend a third of your life in your bedroom so it is important to keep your room as allergen free as possible.

Why immunotherapy (allergy shots) can help you?
Allergy shots are the only available way to reduce the allergic reactions long term. The shots involve administering a small amount of the cat allergen into your system to boost your own immunity,  this way you become resistant to future reactions.

Here are a few facts!
Male cats are more allergenic.
Older cats are more allergenic.
Neutering cats reduces allergenicity.
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