How To Keep Cats Safe During Poor Air Quality/Allergy Season by Layla Morgan Wilde
For the first time in Odin’s 13 years, we had to deal with a poor air quality alert. It not only impacted me but my cat, Odin. Here are my tips to prepare cats for poor air quality/allergy season. We can no longer take for granted about air quality. With global warming, we can anticipate more air quality alerts. Let’s be prepared.
Although the sky didn’t turn as orange as it did in Manhattan, we did have a red alert in normally pristine Pleasantville. It was the worst pollution I can recall, the kind you associate with large cities. What made it especially disconcerting is we live in a bucolic area with exceptionally fresh air.
The first sign that something was wrong with Odin was he didn’t want to stay outside long. He usually spends a good chunk of the day on his adventures which are monitores on his GPS collar. We were instructed to close the windows and kept Odin indoors. By then both of us were sneezing and coughing. Odin turned more sluggish and slept during the day which is rare. When Nou Nou was alive we always ran a good air purifier since she had chronic respiratory issues. It broke after she died and my bad, didn’t get a replacement. A good HEPA air purifier is my #1 Tip.
This Odin at the beginning of his bad air woes. Sitting Pretty but feeling shitty.
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If your cat’s sneezing persists or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as coughing, watery eyes, or difficulty breathing, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian. They can help determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment.
During the height of the air quality fiasco, I discovered the excellent IQAIR website with detailed air quality report better than many weather channels. They sell air purifiers but not having tried them, I can’t recommend.