For this reason, physicians and allergists often recommend removing the cat from the home or, at a minimum, exclude the cat from the main living areas of the home.1,2
Some owners may rehome or relinquish their cat, while others may isolate their cat in one room of the home. While this may help in some cases, it is not a preferred or guaranteed solution. Isolating a cat in one part of the home, or even avoiding cats altogether, may not eliminate allergic reactions.
Isolating a cat to one area of the home may reduce allergens in other areas of the home, but the allergen will still move about the home in the air and on other soft surfaces like clothing.
Some owners may choose to remove their cat from the home altogether in an effort to mitigate their allergies. However, this may not prevent an allergic reaction.
Fel d1 easily becomes and remains airborne in dander and dust particles and is passively transferred on clothing;2-4 as a result, the allergen can be found almost everywhere including schools, homes without cats, public transportation and public buildings in levels that may trigger allergies in sensitized individuals.16,18-21