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We’ve settled into life nicely with our cats and they feel like they’ve been a part of our life for years. It’s hard to believe it’s been only three weeks. One of my biggest concerns when we adopted our two Scottish Fold cats was my oldest and his allergies. We all suffer from some sort of allergy but his are the worst. He was so allergic to cats when we was younger and one of the reasons we knew these cats would be a fit for us was the fact that he didn’t break out in any hives when he held them at the adoption center. Once we brought them home, we knew it was going to be a challenge to keep our allergies under control but with a few changes and a schedule, things have been great. If allergies get you down, try these 7 ways to keep your home free from allergens for humans and pets.
CHANE YOUR AIR FILTER – Our air filters have a range of 3-6 months but we change them right at the 3 month mark to help minimize the dust and dander in our house.
ALLERGY FREE ZONES – Creating an allergy free zone in our house was important. The kids rooms and my bedroom are allergy free zones in our house. We keep the doors closed during the day so that cats don’t wander in there. Each cat has their own little bed downstairs that they prefer and they rarely venture upstairs but when they do, we strive to keep our bedrooms pet free.
DUST FREQUENTLY – Dust frequently and at least twice a month take a damp towel to wipe down hard surfaces throughout your house to cut back on dust and dander and any cat hair that might have traveled.
VACUUM DAILY – With two kids, this is something I did anyway. But now I’m even more strict when it comes to vacuuming. I use a good vacuum that has a HEPA filter which can remove 99.97% of all tiny particles. I also bought a $10 stick vacuum specifically for vacuuming up cat litter around the litter box to keep the litter off the floor and limit it from getting tracked all over the house.
GROOM YOUR PET – Since our cats are long haired, I make sure to brush them daily. I’m also aiming to give them a bath once a week or at least every other week. I even bought a cute little baby tub from a consignment sale that is perfect to give them a bath in. Thankfully neither one of these cats are afraid of water and they actually like it so that makes my job a little easier. This helps keep the shedding under control and cuts back on the cat hair around the house.
KEEP THE LITTER BOX CLEAN – I’m very sensitive to smells, especially after my last pregnancy. I developed this super sensitive sense of smell when I was pregnant and I still have it. I smell things that most people around me don’t and I’m really sensitive to the litter box smells. If I’m being honest, it was one of my biggest fears when getting a pet. I didn’t want to smell the litter box. When we brought these cats home, I quickly learned that as long as I kept up on the litter box and scooped out the waste, I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. I make it part of my routine to clean out the litter box once a day and scoop out the waste. It not only helps the litter last but none of us, the cats included, have to endure any smells.
When I picked up their litter box supplies at Target, I picked up little kit that clips right on the side of the little box that has a scoop for the waste, a little broom and dust pan for any litter that gets on the floor or on the mat I have next to the box to catch the litter.
Then I picked up a small trashcan that I keep right next to the litter box filled with all those extra plastic bags I get from the stores. This makes it easy to do quick clean ups in the morning. Everything is all in one spot.
TRY UNSCENTED CAT LITTER – As a new pet owner, I thought that a scented cat litter was the way to go until I noticed both of our cats sneezing when they used the litter box. The dust and scents that were release when I poured it in the box even bothers my nose. So I did some research and quickly learned that Scottish Folds, our cats breed, have a short nasal canal and it seemed like the scented litter was bothering them so I switched to New TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter.
It’s 99.9% dust free which is great for allergy sufferers like us but it’s the TidyLock Protection that locks away odors so the little box doesn’t smell at all and keeps me happy. I was worried about using an unscented cat litter for no reason and am so glad I switched. People come in our house and are so surprised that we have cats since they don’t smell anything.
Tidy Cats® knows powerful odor control is at the top of most pet owners list of litter must-haves, but sometimes added fragrances and dyes are things we’re not looking for, especially as allergy suffers.
TIDY CATS Free and Clean offers the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal plus TidyLock® Protection to lock away yucky odors offering the clean I want all while being free of the things I don’t. The strong clumps make clean up a breeze so the litter box stays as clean as it can.
Not that you need an excuse to head to Target, I mean who does right? But now is the time to try new Tidy Cats Free & Clean Unscented litter at Target! Right now (from 4/22-4/30) purchase one Tidy Cats product and get one 50% off! That’s stock up sale prices right there. I mean who doesn’t want to save money on pet supplies whenever they can.
Ever since switching to TIDY CATS Free and Clean, neither Pudgie or Bentley have sneezed when using the litter box and I don’t smell anything thanks to the power of activated charcoal.
All of our noses are happy with TIDY CATS Free and Clean cat litter.