Did you know that allergy to cat dander is actually a hypersensitivity reaction to an allergen that is present in the saliva of cats? During grooming, cats lick their hair coats. The saliva that is left on the hairs contains substantial quantities of the allergen. Dander is formed when saliva dries up and flakes off. Dander can become airborne because it is very light; this makes it easier for them to be spread around the home. If you or a member of your family is allergic to cats, you should try giving your kitty a weekly bath to remove as much dander as possible from his body before it can become airborne. You can also use moist pet tissues to wipe your pet’s body between baths. If your pet allows it, you can also try vacuuming his hair coat to get rid of loose hairs and dander. Changes in your pet’s skin or hair coat should warrant an appointment with your London, ON vet clinic.