I am allergic to cats but somehow have one as a pet? I avoid stroking her and if I do wash my hands straight away. She had dp and our 4 dcs to pet her so she doesn't miss out. When we first got her I bought a lotion from chemist and used to put it on her once a week it worked really well. Sorry can't remember name of it but ask in your local chemist, it kills the allergens I think. If I dostroke her within minutes I'm sneezing and eyes swell unlessvivwash straight away. Hairs around the house don't bother me only if she's managed to get upstairs sneakily and sleep on my bed. But our furniture is all leather I think that helps as hairs don't stick to it. Hoover plenty and I seem fine.