It's estimated that about 1% of cats in the U.S. have asthma symptoms. These symptoms are brought on largely by bronchial irritation which increases mucus that leads to common symptoms including coughing, hacking, inability to take a deep breath, panting, etc. A good portion of this bronchial irritation has been attributed to airborne pollutants, both particle and chemical, that irritate those tissues. And since house dust mites (present in almost all house dust) are attributed to more than 60% of new asthma cases for humans, dust mites are thought to be a significant factor for cat asthma, too. Not surprisingly, in addition to replacing your HVAC filters regularly, many veterinarians are now recommending that have asthmatic cats invest in an air cleaner, as well, to remove the offending air pollutants.
What kind of cat asthma air purifier specifically? Well, one with a true HEPA filter is a basic requirement, but if you can also get carbon filters and ions, that seems to have the best results for reducing cat asthma symptoms. This is because the HEPA removes over 99% of particles by nature, but the ions actually increase a HEPA filter's efficiency well beyond that, and tend to kill any airborne bacteria or viruses that might be present, on top of deconstructing some of the airborne VOC's that might be there. Plus, if the air cleaner has a quality activated carbon filter, that's even better because that will remove airborne chemical residues, as well.
The truth of the matter is that it's very difficult to tell without extensive, expensive testing to find out if there are chemicals in the air and if your cat is sensitive. So it makes more sense to go ahead and get a purifier with HEPA, ions and carbon, such as most Blueair units for example. And if you have a dog that's causing odors, an air purifier with HEPA, ions, and carbon filters can also be a highly effective dog odor air purifier.
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