cat with asthma

Pets

Feathers and Fur

Yes, some cats do have asthma. As well, feathered and furry pets may cause problems for people with asthma. Animal dander (dead skin that is continually shed), urine, feces and saliva can cause asthma exacerbations and allergy symptoms. The underlying problem is protein in the urine, dander, etc.

Cats, dogs, birds, rodents (hamsters, gerbils) and horses are common examples of feathered or furry animals. If you do not own a feathered or furry pet, do not get one because you can develop allergies with repeated exposure. Fish is always a safe choice. Besides their possible inclusion on an endangered list, snakes, lizards and turtles are may carry a pathogen, disease, bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite, etc. Turtles, in particular, are prone to disease if they have had contact with other turtles. Of course, all wild animals are better off left in the wild.

Actions you can take if you have pets:

* Remove the animal from your home
* If you must have a pet, keep it out of your bedroom at all times. Keep your bedroom door closed and put a filter over air vents in the bedroom.
* Keep the pet away from upholstered furniture and carpet as much as possible.
* Avoid visits to friends and relatives with pets when possible. Ask your doctor about using an inhaled medication before you visit a home with a pet.
* Choose a pet without fur or feathers. Snakes and fish can be good pets.

Pets and Asthma poster (Downloadable pdf - legal size)


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Pets with Asthma