It has been estimated at 65% of U.S. households have one or more animals. This means that there are more than 79.7 million homes and for allergy sufferers it means a lot of fur, fluff and feathers. More than 9% of all U.S. citizens test positive for animal allergens irrespective of the pet presence. The very reason that pet allergens can easily spread through the shedding hair or fur makes it even more difficult to get rid of them. Let us now look at some of the facts about pet allergies that will leave you spell-bounded:
Shocking Pet Allergy Facts
1. Cat Allergies Are More Prevalent Than Dog Allergies
In our country itself, approximately 30% of people are suffering from allergic reactions from cats and dogs. It has also been observed that cat allergies are approximately twice as common as dog allergies.
2. Problem Is Not The Pet Hair But The Protein
Allergy sufferers are averse to the proteins present in pet saliva, urine and danger that disperse when the pets shed. It has also been found that pet hair can trap pollen, mold and other outdoor allergens resulting in more trouble.
3. You Might Be Making Your Pet’s Life Miserable
It has been observed that human dander can lead to allergic rashes or respiratory reactions in pets. It is the same as the reaction is triggered in people suffering from allergens.
4. Pet Allergens Can Be Found Everywhere
Pet allergens cling to walls, furniture and clothing and can hang in the air for months even after a pet is gone.
5. There Is No Such Thing As A Hypoallergenic Pet
A truly non-allergenic dog breed or cat breed does not exist. Allergic dander in these pets is not due to the length or texture of the fur.
6. Dander Is Not Equal
You need to be aware that cat allergens are stickier than other types of allergen. It has been observed that male cats produce more protein humans react to than female cats.
7. Kids Raised With Multiple Pets Are Safer From Developing Allergic Diseases
It has been observed that children raised in a house with two or more pets during their early formative years are less likely to develop allergic diseases than children raised in critter-free dwellings.