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Old 08-17-2005, 02:33 PM
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How can I deal with allergies to cats? If I can't get a dog when I move into an apartment, I'd rather get a cat than have no furry friend at all.
The problem is that I'm allergic to cats. My eyes get itchy and I sneez.
I read that with proper air control or whatever, you can live with a cat without problems.
What can I do to live with a cat without a problem?
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:41 PM
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My mom has the worst allergies to animals I have ever seen. About seven years ago she started receiving allergy shots for dogs/cats. She is now able to own dogs and be around cats. I am not sure if they would help you or not but it is something to look into.
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Old 08-17-2005, 02:59 PM
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I have dreadful allergies to animals, especially cats, but have had cats for in total 16 years. I live on cortisone nasal spray and anti histamine, but it is worth it! Dont be fooled into thinking the shorter haired cats wont cause allergies, as I have had 3 Rex cats thinking they would be better for allergies, but my doctor told me that the allergy causing substance is actually on the skin.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:02 PM
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I've been doing some research and if I spay/neuter my cat, and follow a lot of guidelines, I can live with the cat. They also say that a person gradually acclimates to their own cat.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:27 PM
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Spay/neuter? That's weird. My doc said you were allergic to the saliva, and neutering my cats never changed a thing.

I'm allergic too, I did the shots thing for 7 years, before my doc gave up on me and told me I would never get rid of my allergy to cats. Although it's slightly better now, but I stopped the shots 7 years ago anyway. It started when I was 5 or so, I started getting allergic to everything that is furry, from hamsters to horses. After getting the worst grades at school for years for not being able to run without getting too much asthma to continue a teacher finally told me to go see her doc, who is a specialist in allergies. It probably saved my life, and when I did the testings at the hospital they didn't want me to leave, lol.

Long story short, it's manageable. I have all kinds of symptoms, respiration problems being the worst, from asthma to a kind of chocking, when I can't fill my lungs. It happens a lot still, but it mostly depends on the weather. I also get stuffed nose, itchy/running eyes... I used some nasal spray last winter for my nose (3 months without being able to breathe through my nose before I got fed up and went to see the doc, who of course told me to get rid of the cats), otherwise I use zyrtec when I have itchy nose or eyes, and I use advair and albuterol for the asthma. When my lungs get really messy and I start coughing, tussin DM syrop works wonders.

It still sucks sometimes, but it's not bad enough to make life impossible. And yes, you get used to your own cat after a while, it's not really different from getting shots every week to get you used to it.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:34 PM
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well, the paper said that people are allergic to allergins or w/e. they shed less allergins if they are spayed or neutered
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:36 PM
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That's possible, but my cats were always spayed and neutered anyway so I can't really compare.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:47 PM
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http://www.animaltrustees.org/ATA_We...tallergies.pdf
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There is a hairless breed of cat that are usually suitable for people with allergies to cats.They are called Sphynx.They might not be the prettiest to some but are quite unique.There is a website you can look at to see them but they are in Ontario,Canada.www.sphynxcat.net Good luck in your dog and cat search.
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I couldn't have a sphynx... lol.
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