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« Topic Start: November 26, 2008, 03:04:51 pm »

My good friend is coming to visit for Christmas.  The problem is that she's allergic to cats!  I'm going to keep our kitty quarantined in the mudroom while she's here, and I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, vacuum with a new bag, change the furnace filter, dust, etc.  I was wondering if there were certain oils, herbs, or incense I could use that might help keep her from feeling lousy just in case I miss some kitty dust?
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« Reply #1: November 26, 2008, 03:09:04 pm »

My good friend is coming to visit for Christmas.  The problem is that she's allergic to cats!  I'm going to keep our kitty quarantined in the mudroom while she's here, and I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, vacuum with a new bag, change the furnace filter, dust, etc.  I was wondering if there were certain oils, herbs, or incense I could use that might help keep her from feeling lousy just in case I miss some kitty dust?

Not herbs or oil, but:  what we do to filter the air in our two-cat house for the comfort of our cat-allergic friends is to duct tape a furnace filter to a standard box fan and turn it on full blast for a while.  (My mom's allergist recommended this to her as a cheaper alternative to buying an expensive air filter.)  Said cat-allergic friends report that they are almost never bothered by kitty residue in our house, so it seems to be doing some good.
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« Reply #2: November 26, 2008, 10:08:50 pm »

My good friend is coming to visit for Christmas.  The problem is that she's allergic to cats!  I'm going to keep our kitty quarantined in the mudroom while she's here, and I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, vacuum with a new bag, change the furnace filter, dust, etc.  I was wondering if there were certain oils, herbs, or incense I could use that might help keep her from feeling lousy just in case I miss some kitty dust?

Probably none until you find out if she has other allergies as well. I have heard that burning a salt candle or lamp can purify the air although I have never tried it.

http://bestsaltlamp.com/nasala.html
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« Reply #3: November 30, 2008, 09:04:56 pm »

My good friend is coming to visit for Christmas.  The problem is that she's allergic to cats!  I'm going to keep our kitty quarantined in the mudroom while she's here, and I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, vacuum with a new bag, change the furnace filter, dust, etc.  I was wondering if there were certain oils, herbs, or incense I could use that might help keep her from feeling lousy just in case I miss some kitty dust?

It'd depend a whole lot on whether she has other allergies - but one I'd consider (ask her first!) are things that help encourage good breathing/open airways/etc. Rosemary and thyme and peppermint often help, but they can have other effects that might not be ideal (for example, many people find both rosemary and mint stimulating, so they might not be good choices for where people are sleeping.)

I second the advice on filtering - one other option is that room air filters (you want something that's HEPA compliant - has to do with the filtration size) are  not terribly expensive (like $30-40 for one suitable for a bedroom). They help a lot.

Be aware that cat dander gets into the air - leave plenty of time *after* dusting/sweeping/etc. before you put clean sheets on her bed, so that it's all out of the air. (at least several hours, if not a whole day. Dander is small and takes time to settle). Focus on where she'll be sleeping (since we spend a third of our time asleep, roughly) plus giving her somewhere without cat dander to sit (i.e. maybe put a clean sheet/blanket/etc. over a section of the sofa she's sitting on - hard chairs are much less of an issue because they can be wiped down, but most soft furniture will accumulate some level of dander you're just not going to get out without serious work, if at all.)

Also, she should be considering what she can do. I'm all about being considerate of guests - but I also just came back from a visit to college friends that included various homes with cats (I have one, but I tend to react slightly more to other people's) and to a house with a large dog (and I'm much more allergic to dogs than cats.) I figure it's my job to be clear about the allergy and what people can do for it (which I basically consider providing fresh undoggy sheets if that's relevant), but also to make sure I have appropriate medication.

I don't normally take regular allergy meds (I take over the counter loratadine - the Claritin generic - as needed), but in this case, because I knew that I'd be in different houses with different kinds of allergens, I started taking it daily a day or two before I left on the trip. I went into it with a cold and a nasty cough, but my allergies were actually pretty minimal - a tiny bit of sniffling, but not even sneezing, never mind asthma issues.
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« Reply #4: December 01, 2008, 12:03:40 pm »


Thank you!  Peppermint was one I had thought of.  I don't actually know if she will be sleeping here, more than likely just visiting for a few hours.  She has told me that last Christmas she was at a cat-friendly home and had an asthma attack from just being there an hour.

We have a leather sofa, so I think I'll just wipe it down, and I did think I should probably vacuum the day before.

And I have told her that she needs to be taking her meds!!! She saw a naturopath who gave her some drops to take before she gets here that are supposed to really help, but she keeps "forgetting" to take them.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5: December 01, 2008, 09:59:21 pm »

My good friend is coming to visit for Christmas.  The problem is that she's allergic to cats!  I'm going to keep our kitty quarantined in the mudroom while she's here, and I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, vacuum with a new bag, change the furnace filter, dust, etc.  I was wondering if there were certain oils, herbs, or incense I could use that might help keep her from feeling lousy just in case I miss some kitty dust?

Peppermint and Eucalyptus. In an oil diffuser. When I work at the animal sanctuary I put a bit of vaseline underneath my nostrils, as it stops the cat hair from getting up my nose. Sometimes I put one or two drops of lavender into the vaseline before I apply it, and I find that this works a treat. Plus, it smells better than the litter boxes I'm cleaning!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6: December 02, 2008, 05:09:10 am »

Peppermint and Eucalyptus.

...But, again, make sure of no other allergies or sensitivities first.  My mother, for example, has a sensitivity to strong scents and particularly to eucalyptus.  They make it difficult for her to breathe.  Not to the point of being fatal or anything, but still not very fun.
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« Reply #7: December 02, 2008, 07:35:21 am »

...But, again, make sure of no other allergies or sensitivities first.  My mother, for example, has a sensitivity to strong scents and particularly to eucalyptus.  They make it difficult for her to breathe.  Not to the point of being fatal or anything, but still not very fun.
I'm almost positive she doesn't have issue with peppermint, eucalyptus or lavendar.  She uses the neti stik and I think those are the oils in that.  I will check to make sure, though.
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