How to Get Rid of Cat Dander in the Home

By Mary Lougee

Don't get rid of the cat. Get rid of his dander by enforcing boundaries, cleaning your home thoroughly and often, and keeping you and your cat and the air in your house clean. Removing cat dander allows you to live in harmony with your feline friend rather than making you suffer an allergic reaction, complete with watery, itchy eyes, sniffling and sneezing.

Bedroom Banishment

Cat dander accumulates in bedding, causing more dander to be inhaled and contact your skin and eyes to produce more allergy symptoms. Remove your bedding and wash it at 140 degrees Fahrenheit to remove the cat dander. Make the bed and close your bedroom door to keep your kitty away.

Laundry Day

Wash any furniture covers, rugs and throw pillow in your living room or any other room often. Dander settles into fabric items and triggers allergies.

Vacuum the Dander

Sweep and mop hard floors frequently and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter daily on carpets and rugs. This type of filter is effective to remove tiny particles of cat dander and proteins that affect allergies. While you are vacuuming, clean the walls, chairs and all of your furniture with the hand tools on your vacuum cleaner once or twice weekly.

Deep Carpet Cleaning

Purchase or rent a steam cleaner to deep clean your carpets and upholstery on a weekly basis. Vapor steamers kill cat proteins and remove the dander to lessen allergies. Vapor steamers use water only without harmful chemicals to clean your home.

Clean the Air

Place HEPA filters in your air conditioners or central heating and cooling system. The filter will remove allergens before they start circulating throughout the air in your home. Consider using an air purifier to reduce airborne cat dander and trap stray hairs in the room.

Clean the Cat and Yourself

Wipe your furry feline with a microfiber cloth to remove loose hair and dander on a daily basis. The cloth will trap particles rather than releasing them into your home as when you brush your kitty.

Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap after you pet your cat or touch his toys to remove dander and allergens. Never touch your face after playing with or petting your cat until after you wash with antibacterial soap.