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Febreeze for Allergies?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Has anyone heard much about this product?

Hubby is holding his own with his allergies to the cats right now- but there is a possibility of a newcomer (temporarily I think), and I need to research ways of keeping his allergies under control.

I've been feeding a stray in the backyard, and we are hoping to catch him to take him to the Vet soon to be neutered, vaccinated, and have blood panels done on him- plus deworming and flea meds as well. He's been dubbed Xerxes- and he'll need to recouperate in my back porch after his neuter.If a home for him can't be found right away he'll be staying here until one comes up.
post #2 of 18
I actually bought some in the hopes it would help my daughter with her allergies. To be honest, I haven't noticed a bit of difference. I guess it probably works really well for some people and not so great for others. At least it doesn't smell bad!
post #3 of 18
I use it and it helps us
post #4 of 18
If there is a concern of allergies then bringing another cat into your home is not the best idea. If you can at least get this guy neutered and vaccinated and release him, perhaps provide him with a nice place to spend the winter, like an insulated dog house and let him live outside, then he has a better chance of surviving.

He has lived outside for quite awhile now and he has his system in place. If you can feed him, make sure he has water,stays warm and eventually make friends with him then perhaps you can find another home for him in time and not have to worry about the health of your family or the state of your other cats.
post #5 of 18
Melissa, has your hubby tried Zyrtec for his allergies? I swear by them! They are pricey if you don't have insurance that covers med's. I'm not allergic to my cats, but this year something in the air really played havoc with my allergies. I have heard many members on here say that it works great for their cat allergies.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Mary Anne, I think you're right. I want to help him, but bringing him inside is not really the best option at all . I'm going to at least try and get him neutered and vaccinated so he won't be fighting all the time and feed him. The doghouse idea is a good one- I just wonder if he'll stay in it since hes such a gypsy.
post #7 of 18
Thank you Melissa-

If you put straw inside the house, and perhaps put it up on some sort of platform so it stays out of the weather, and start feeding him canned food inside of it, he will be able to pass the weather fairly comfortably. Just when he is inside eating or whatever, no one should be near him or try to mess with him (unless he is injured) because you want him to feel completely safe in there from everything.
post #8 of 18
I have horrible allergies but I have done something things to learn how to deal with them better. For starters I do take Zyrtec and I use an inhalor twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Every few days I wipe down my cats with one of those kitty wipes, it helps to remove a lot of the dander that is sitting on their fur. I clean my a/c filters monthly to reduce the spread of allergens in my apartment. The sheets are washed weekly, and my furniture is covered with blankets and they are washed weekly as well. I brush Tibby often I would brush Corkscrew but he won't let me. However since I'm the one that allergic and don't have anyone to help me I've starting wearing a mask when I brush her to keep the hair from flying into my face. I hope that soon they will make a generic version of febreeze allergen because febreeze is a procter & gamble product and I refuse to purchase anything made by that company. However I don't really think that it will help too much. I use a laundry detergent that is also supposed to help reduce the allergens but I don't think it helps me anymore then just washing the sheets in hot water does.
post #9 of 18
I am on Zyrtec for a rare skin allergy (unknown causes) and have to take it everyday. Insurance won't cover it unless I'm on group insurance which my hubby's company can't afford to get yet. Zyrtec really works because I am really allergic to cats, it also helps against the cedar fever we are famous for in this part of Texas

Febreeze is great for smells on couches, clothes, bedspreads, etc.

Uabasson, what's up with the proctor/gamble? That company is hard to avoid buying their products because they are EVERYWHERE! even 'generic' items!
post #10 of 18
Procter & Gamble does extensive animal testing. While I understand that sometimes testing can be nessecary P & G over does it. I know a lot of people that have chosen to boycott their products and it's not as hard as you think.

Needed to edit that I will admit that P & G has done so much better in the last few years in regards to animal testing because a lot of people were boycotting thier products, but there is still a lot more room for improvement.
post #11 of 18
Here its hard if you want generic proucts, a lot of their stores choose their products. Now I mostly buy organic stuff, costly but at least I know it doesn't have animal by-product or tested on animals.
post #12 of 18
Speaking of Zyrtec has anyone seen the commercial for it? I think it's so cute, the boy is allergic to his girlfriend cat and by the end of the commercial he is wearing a t-shirt with the kitties picture on it.
post #13 of 18
I've never heard of Febreeze for allergies. I've used it as a fabric/room deoderizer. Do they have an allergy formula?
post #14 of 18
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Originally posted by uabassoon
Speaking of Zyrtec has anyone seen the commercial for it? I think it's so cute, the boy is allergic to his girlfriend cat and by the end of the commercial he is wearing a t-shirt with the kitties picture on it.
I love that commercial... especially how the woman is cuddling her cat while her boyfriend is trying to put his arm around her. And how she has cat photos around.
post #15 of 18
Laura, I have the same problem. I'm really allergic to cats. But I've also developed asthma. I control this combo with Zyrtec twice a day, an inhaler twice a day, Advair twice a day, and I have a prescription steroid cream for the hives I break out with pretty frequently. Or when I get scratched. But with these things, I don't have a problem with brushing them - although we use the kitty wipes every few days too.

We don't use blankets on the furniture, although that's a good idea. We just vaccuum 3 times a week. We do wash their cat beds frequently. And we do use the Febreeze with allergan reducers. I don't really know if it helps or not because of all the other medication. But it can't hurt.

Melissa, glad you're going to get this guy to the vet. If he's a stray, it may turn out he's already neutered. And about the shelters - all you can do is provide them. If the cat does not use it, it simply means he's got a place that is safe, warm enough and comfortable enough. We provide shelters for our ferals. In the Winter, some use them, some don't. In the Spring, fall and summer, no one does.
post #16 of 18
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Originally posted by mzjazz2u
I've never heard of Febreeze for allergies. I've used it as a fabric/room deoderizer. Do they have an allergy formula?
Yes, they now have a special formula called Febreeze Allergen. I use it, as my daughter is allergic, and it helps. I think I really would like to invest in one of those air purifying systems, like Ionic Breeze.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Shell
Melissa, has your hubby tried Zyrtec for his allergies? I swear by them! They are pricey if you don't have insurance that covers med's. I'm not allergic to my cats, but this year something in the air really played havoc with my allergies. I have heard many members on here say that it works great for their cat allergies.
Hey yes, that's true. The product zyrtec can in fact be utilized for cats too! But before doing that, it's better to ask a vet! hope it works out!
post #18 of 18
you all sound like you go through alot for your allergies! That's like a part time job!

Hubby has them, but not really to cats, well, at least she doesn't make them any worse than they usually are... that being said it has been a worse year for pollen etc...the cut grass really gets him. He's too manly to see a doctor for allergies... ! If he wants to suffer fine! I just don't wanna hear about it!

I can't imagine what is in the febreeze allergen than makes your allergies less... maybe the formula is hypo-allergenic? i dunno...that's stumps me.

I have eczema, a different type of allergy. And have had to use All Free & Clear for washing my clothes... also things like Neutrogena face wash, toner, make-up etc. my eczema used to be SO bad I had to get injections of prednisone every 6 weeks... ugh! But with a few lifestyle changes (tepid showers for 10 mins MAX, dish gloves, laundry detergent etc) I have been almost eczema free for 6 months! A few little patches on my finger...but that's it!

Something cute: Last weekend my 4 year old neice who says the cutest things says "aunt Heather I don't know if you know this, but I have a case of the allergies" it was so cute. A case... like a case of sodas, or a brief case...
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