O.K, DH and I both sneeze our heads off around my parents' cat (long-haired, predominantly black), but are both O.K. around my brother's cats (both short-haired, one ginger and one tabby). My DCs are 5 and 3 but both good around animals, kind and not teasing of other family cats, and would dearly love a cat in particular. I have seen two lovely cats on the local Cats Protection website that are good with children, and both are short-haired and tabby. Am I mad to consider getting a cat given our definite allergy to long-haired cats? Would we be O.K. with a short-haired one, do you think? Anyone else out there with this same problem?