cat allergies

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We keep going to pet stores and seeing the nicest, loneliest cats in need of a home. My daughter really wants one (a dog is out of the question for me right now bc I don't have the time or patience). I wish I was able to get one. But my cat allergies are AWFUL. The worst I've ever seen or heard about (even tho I had a cat for a few yrs when I was a kid). I'm debating whether or not to some prescription meds to see if I can cure myself of this.

Some of these cats have been in the store for MONTHS and they NEVER get let out, even for a minute, to play. They are from a "rescue" that houses them at the pet store. They have their little bios on the their cages and they are just so sad!

There's an adult tortoiseshell named Reese that looks like a Picasso painting that we both really want. I'm not telling my daughter I want her, too, bc then it will be manipulation city...
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Nope don't do it.

Use to have a roommate who was allergic to dogs. We got a hairy dog in the house and his allergy meant that things he wasn't allergic to before set him off.
What kind of car is it? I'm allergic to cats as well. I'm allergic to long haired cats because of pet dander. But when my roommate brought her short haired tabby cat, my allergies NEVER flared up. My mom 'claimed' she was allergic as well, but when the tabby was around she never sniffled. I learned that tabby cats are hypoallergenic from a nurse.
Short haired dogs are hypoallergenic as well. The hair on a long haired animal has more oil & makes more dander than a short haired animal. With a long haired dogs and cats, you have to bathe them more.
I'm very allergic to cats, but have found that I can live with certain ones - lots of allergy medication, though. Other cats, I react immediately and have to use my asthma inhaler and get out as soon as possible. Do you know if you react to this particular cat?

eta: due to the way my allergies are (inconsistent re: cats), I wouldn't ever own a cat

also, allergy shots could help, too, but that is an expensive proposition - perhaps other allergy meds would solve the problem

you could also limit the rooms the cat is allowed to be in -ie, not in your bedroom, etc - that would help
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The one we want is a Tortoiseshell calico w/ a "split face." Kinda like this one. (I can't find a pic of the exact one bc she was farmed out to a pet store and not at the rescue's main adoption center.)


Same kind of shortish fur but her fur was morse dense looking than the cat's above.

Funny you should say that about tabbies. The one I had while growing up was a gray and black stripey. Is that what you mean by tabby. And my allergies were significantly less apparent w/ her.

I didn't react to her or any of the cats in the little room of cages that we went into. But then, I didn't touch her. I would like to spend some time w/ her and see but bc she belongs to the rescue and there is never anyone from the rescue at the store, IDK if they would let us play w/ her for an hour. I wouldn't mind taking her home to see but my kids would get too attached, I'm afraid
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 08-19-2013 at 12:28 PM.
I'm very allergic to cats, but have found that I can live with certain ones - lots of allergy medication, though. Other cats, I react immediately and have to use my asthma inhaler and get out as soon as possible. Do you know if you react to this particular cat?

eta: due to the way my allergies are (inconsistent re: cats), I wouldn't ever own a cat

also, allergy shots could help, too, but that is an expensive proposition - perhaps other allergy meds would solve the problem

you could also limit the rooms the cat is allowed to be in -ie, not in your bedroom, etc - that would help
Originally Posted by PerriP
OTC allergy meds or prescription? You take them just if you're going to be at someone's house where there is a cat? Or you take the meds for other, general allergy problems?
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I take allergy shots, and I take a nasal decongestant spray and an antihistamine spray. Also, asthma inhaler.
If I'm going to someone's house who has cats, I'll take benadryl and bring my rescue inhaler.

however, when I've roomed with people who had cats, I could manage with claritin D most days. I just limited how much touching I did and always washed my hands immediately.

ETA: I'm allergic to a lot of things, including dogs and cats. I had a dog for 17 years who I was allergic to - but I would only react to him if I'd been away for a week or so, I do think our bodies have the ability to adjust.
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Last edited by PerriP; 08-19-2013 at 12:16 PM.
I found out the hard way about my cat allergy. The ex-boyfriend and I ended up with three cats when we lived together because he loved cats. He left and yet the cats stayed. Fast forward two more years and I'm suddenly getting sinus infections every 2-3 months (extra bad because I sing and would lose part of my range). Because I already had the cats for 4 years, re-homing wasn't an option in my mind, especially since one cat in particular is extremely high strung and overly skittish. So I started allergy shots. I'm up to maintenance doses, so I still get shots once a month. I also still use two allergy mess daily. But I can say that my symptoms are very well controlled.
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I might have some tips for you! Our family adopted two kittens and have had them for a few months now, and my cat allergies have not bothered me at all. I've never had a really bad reaction, but I do usually get itchy, watering eyes and start sneezing when I visit a home with cats. Luckily, I have been almost completely symptom-free. My eyes do get itchy if I take out my contacts right after handling the cats, but that's easily avoided.

-Our kittens are half-Balinese. Balinese are said to be a low-allergen breed.
-They are both females, which are also supposed to be lower in allergens.
-I started off bathing them weekly, but that proved to be too traumatic. I do brush them with a Furminator and use this: Amazon.com: Allerpet C for Cats & People Allergic to Cats, 12 Ounces: Pet Supplies
-I dust and vacuum the house regularly. Between housekeeping and brushing the cats, there is almost no cat hair around.
-We put them in the basement at night and don't let them sleep in the bedrooms.
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I might have some tips for you! Our family adopted two kittens and have had them for a few months now, and my cat allergies have not bothered me at all. I've never had a really bad reaction, but I do usually get itchy, watering eyes and start sneezing when I visit a home with cats. Luckily, I have been almost completely symptom-free. My eyes do get itchy if I take out my contacts right after handling the cats, but that's easily avoided.

-Our kittens are half-Balinese. Balinese are said to be a low-allergen breed.
-They are both females, which are also supposed to be lower in allergens.
-I started off bathing them weekly, but that proved to be too traumatic. I do brush them with a Furminator and use this: Amazon.com: Allerpet C for Cats & People Allergic to Cats, 12 Ounces: Pet Supplies
-I dust and vacuum the house regularly. Between housekeeping and brushing the cats, there is almost no cat hair around.
-We put them in the basement at night and don't let them sleep in the bedrooms.
Originally Posted by sarah42

This is good to know! I Googled it and apparently, there are several breeds of low allergen cats, incl Balinese, Javanese, the Rexes and Oriental Shorthair. Maybe there's hope. I wish those beautiful tortoiseshells were low allergen
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I might have some tips for you! Our family adopted two kittens and have had them for a few months now, and my cat allergies have not bothered me at all. I've never had a really bad reaction, but I do usually get itchy, watering eyes and start sneezing when I visit a home with cats. Luckily, I have been almost completely symptom-free. My eyes do get itchy if I take out my contacts right after handling the cats, but that's easily avoided.

-Our kittens are half-Balinese. Balinese are said to be a low-allergen breed.
-They are both females, which are also supposed to be lower in allergens.
-I started off bathing them weekly, but that proved to be too traumatic. I do brush them with a Furminator and use this: Amazon.com: Allerpet C for Cats & People Allergic to Cats, 12 Ounces: Pet Supplies
-I dust and vacuum the house regularly. Between housekeeping and brushing the cats, there is almost no cat hair around.
-We put them in the basement at night and don't let them sleep in the bedrooms.
Originally Posted by sarah42

So you knew you had cat allergies before you got them? And you still took the chance?
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Yes, but I did have a backup plan--my sister said she could take them in if we weren't able to keep them. It was still probably not the smartest move on my part, so I am very thankful it has worked out for us.
Also cat allergies are actually from the protein in the saliva hence in the dander. Proteins aren't equal that's why some cats don't bother you. If you have a cat that doesn't mind bathing or you can acclimate them to it bathing them once a week or so keeps that way down. There are also allergy wipes you can use in between. Keep bedroom doors closed. Vacuum well. Maybe you can set up a room and short term foster to see if you can find one you aren't sensitive to. Rescues new fosters a lot.
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I surprised my SO with a cat in a duffel bag; he was VERY allergic to her at first to the point we didn't think we could keep her but now he's not really allergic to her anymore unless he goes out of his way to breathe in her fur. There was zyrtec involved but now he's not bothered. He was also never allergic to my family's cat. It can vary from cat to cat. Allergies are weird.
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