How Does Dust Affect Your Cat
It's Not Just You!
No matter how clean you are in your home, you just have to face the fact that dust can be a real problem. Even the most skilled and devoted housekeepers, they still need to find a way to get rid of dust.
However, dust is not simply a problem for us, humans, but also to your pet cat. Some may think that it is the cats that only trigger allergies, but cats can suffer from allergies triggered by dust as well.
No doubt: dust can affect your furry friend in various ways and that’s exactly what we are going to discuss here. Read on to learn how dust can affect your cat and what to do about it.
Dust And Cleanliness
Your feline buddy’s species is known to be very particular with hygiene. They spend a good amount of time grooming and cleaning themselves. However, there are times when cats can’t get rid of all dirt in their body, especially small dust. Excessive dust falling on their fur can lead to tangled hair and dirty and unsightly body.
Some cats love to go under the bed, on top of the furniture, and other places where it is dusty. So, when they come out, dust is all over their fur, from head to tail. The best thing you can do is simply get a damp cloth and wipe your cat. If all else fails, then you may need to give her a full bath.
Dust And Health
Dust can get into your cat’s nose. When that happens, the most effective way to get rid of dust is by sneezing or coughing. So, it is possible to find your cat sneezing when your place is too dusty.
While it is not common, dust can also cause allergy. In some cases, an allergic attack is caused by a combination of not just dust but also pollen, mold, and mildew.
Among the earliest signs of your cat’s allergy would be skin problems you may find your cat licking and scratching constantly leading to skin irritation, hair loss, and dermal crusty patches. Aside from skin problems, dust allergy can lead to gagging, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Prevention And Cure
Cleanliness is still the best way to avoid problems with dust. With no dust or at least, with only a few of them, you can ensure your cat stays clean and healthy.
Aside from keeping your house clean, you can also use dust-free, unscented litter to help your cat be free from unnecessary dust. Change your beddings as well as your cat’s beddings. Vacuuming your home twice a week should tremendously decrease the amount of dust in your home.
If your cat is showing signs of allergy, you need to bring him to the vet. You can have him checked and your vet will determine the severity of your cat’s symptoms. From there, the vet can then prescribe the right medication.
During house renovation, please make sure your cat is placed in a separate room. If possible, remove him from your house until the renovation is complete. Construction dust can be fatal to your cat especially if your house is built in the 1970s when toxic chemicals are known to be commonly used.
If you need to learn more, speak to your vet. You can also do some research on the Internet to gather as much information as possible.
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