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Anyone with cat allergy keep cats?

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madcows Tue 06-Nov-12 09:44:18

We're desperate to get a couple of kittens... Have wanted a cat for years. But both me and my 9 yo son are allergic. I can live with it, but am wondering whether we should because of ds. We have a house with no carpets, and would keep cats out of his bedroom... I'd love to hear how others with allergies have found a way to make it manageable?
Any advice much appreciated...

SecretSquirrels Sun 11-Nov-12 15:59:10

I was diagnosed with asthma 12 years ago and had an allergy test which said I am allergic to cats and dogs. So I refused to get a pet for the children until last year. I caved in and we got a short haired kitten for DS2 who is besotted with him. My asthma didn't flare up but I got very snuffly for a few weeks. It seemed to wear off then. I am careful to wash my hands after touching the cat and he isn't allowed in my bedroom.
No idea why but a few weeks ago I started sneezing again with an itchy streaming nose so I'm blaming the cat. I've hoovered extra and the cat isn't moulting too much.
What are these wipes I've seen mentioned?

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 09-Nov-12 13:30:50

I'm allergic too but find I can manage with regular anti-histamines and lots of hand washing. It's worth a bit of discomfort imo, my cat makes a lovely hot water bottle until the bugger decides he wants someone to accompany him downstairs at 3am

Dontbesodramatic Fri 09-Nov-12 01:04:01

What Jumpingjackhash said.
My DD suffered for about 2 weeks with runny nose and streaming eyes. Took portion and it all settled. She loves the cat very muchsmile

I'm only allergic to shorthaired cats. That why we have had long hairs.

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 07-Nov-12 18:18:10

I'm allergic to cats, that is why I own one grin

I seem to build up a tolerance over time. I am less allergic to kittens and short haired cats than I am to adult and long haired cats, so I adopted a short haired kitten.

It was that or never again visit my mum who took in a long haired adult tom cat, which I perceived as a threat to my life, given how ill coming home made me. She let him sleep on my pillow angry

ABatInBunkFive Wed 07-Nov-12 18:14:17

Yes but only because they don't affect my breathing. I get blocked nose and itchy eyes it always goes around a week after they arrive.

bruffin Wed 07-Nov-12 18:10:36

Both DH and Ds are allergic to cars, but they are fine with our one.
DH takes a short while to federative against them and always make sure he washes hand and doesn't touch his face after stroking
Ds has other allergies and tested positive to cat but has not reacted to our cat

VenusStarr Wed 07-Nov-12 18:03:08

I was allergic to cats when I was younger, literally would come out in lumps on my neck and face, puffy, streaming eyes etc. then when I was about 13 I started begging my mum to let me get a cat cus I love them smile She eventually relented and for the first couple of weeks I did get some allergy symptoms but not as bad as I used to. Ever since then I've been absolutely fine with my cats (my old cat passed away 3 years ago, she came with me when I moved out). Never had any problems with my two.

I do however seem to have developed an allergy to dogs now. It's very strange. None of my cats gave ever gone out for prolonged periods and are regularly flea treated. Ive never had to take antihistamines with my cats smile One of my friends is allergic and the first few times she came over she had to take piriton but now she's ok. But I get that everyone is individual so exposure to cats won't always mean that allergy symptoms will go away smile

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 07-Nov-12 15:55:45

I'm allergic to cats and have always had cats as pets. I 'get used' to my cats but am very allergic to other peoples. I take antihistamine every day and have inhalers. I don't let them upstairs but that is mostly down to fleas

SpookTheCat Wed 07-Nov-12 15:53:13

Dh is allergic and it gives me asthma but we still have the cat

It would be a shame to re-home him as his mum turned his room into another sitting room and I dont think she would like to change it back tbh

Haha Fluffy.....I just realised that you were talking about DH and not the cat.!!!

sashh Wed 07-Nov-12 05:17:10


Contact your local Cats Protection. They always want foster homes. You can either foster a cat in your home or in a pen in the garden.

It would let you see how ds reacted and keeping one in the garden shouldn't be too bad.

You can be desensitised to cat allergy but probably not on the NHS. (I've known two vets who had it done - you can't really be a vet in a pet practice and not encounter cats)

cozietoesie Tue 06-Nov-12 21:44:34

There's at least one poster on this board (bureni?) who has a NFC. Maybe they can comment on that one.

Minimammoth Tue 06-Nov-12 21:31:19

My D H is very allergic to cats, we have a cat, she was a stray who claimed us. She has longish thick fur and sheds her coat in summer. DH does not react to her at all. I was intrigued by this and found that a breed of cat the Norwegian Forest cat is said to be a hypo allergenic cat, as they have different genes to most moggies. Our cat looks very similar to this.

zonedout Tue 06-Nov-12 21:14:35

Reading this thread with interest. I have a cat obsessed ds2 who suffers from asthma. Both my boys and myself would love a cat (we have a dog and plan to always have dogs) and I'm just looking into whether it would be worth my while to actually get ds2 allergy tested before going ahead, even though he has never shown any allergy signs when visiting friends with cats. Any thoughts on this greatly appreciated (& sorry for slight hijack blush

greenhill Tue 06-Nov-12 17:34:56

I'm allergic to cat hair and cat saliva, yet have always had a cat. I'm mainly allergic to other people's lovely animals, but that doesn't stop me stroking friendly cats. I just wash my hands very quickly afterwards.

jumpingjackhash Tue 06-Nov-12 17:29:46

Research also shows that kids who grow up with a pet (furry - goldfish not included!) have fewer allergies and 'sick days' than those who don't. Go for it! smile

madcows Tue 06-Nov-12 15:58:35

Thanks for the more positive replies - and interesting that it does seem that some people do acclimatise. Also that the anti allergy wipes work.
Polter - yes, we were planning to get a rescue cat/kittens, and have been to the local rescue centres to sign up.

PolterGoose Tue 06-Nov-12 15:44:35

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PolterGoose Tue 06-Nov-12 15:41:00

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SilverBellsandCockleShells Tue 06-Nov-12 15:22:32

I'm allergic to cats. We have three!

I grew up with cats and only discovered I was allergic when I left home and started coming home for the weekend and would end up with permanently streaming eyes and nose. It was always bad while we didn't have cats, and when we first got a cat it took me a few weeks to get over it (we took in my in-laws old cat, so she could go back home in the worst case scenario).

I've had between one and three cats now for the last 13 years and don't react at all!

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Nov-12 15:16:54

Dh is allergic and it gives me asthma but we still have the cat.

It would be a shame to re-home him as his mum turned his room into another sitting room and I dont think she would like to change it back tbh.

jumpingjackhash Tue 06-Nov-12 14:29:45

My DH was allergic to cats when we got one! After a couple of weeks of sneezing and the odd wheeze and popping Piriton, his allergy (or the reactions) seemed to disappear and he was fine. That was about 10 years ago and now he and the cat are firm buddies.

You can get products to rub on them, which stops them releasing the dander (that's the bit you're allergic to, not the fur itself) - we tried that a few times. Otherwise, just keeping the place vacuumed and brushing the cat so any loose hairs and dander was removed helps.

lljkk Tue 06-Nov-12 14:25:50

Would you consider other pets, instead? Rats maybe?

madcows Tue 06-Nov-12 14:24:31

Desperate because I love them! I grew up with cats and have always wanted them. (I had a runny nose, but tolerated it...) For various reasons (travelling for work, etc) we've never had them since I was an adult. Now my life has settled down I'd like to get them again. Also, my 9yo loves animals. Whenever we visit friends with animals he spends his whole time with them.

I was hoping I'd find people who have found it manageable... maybe I was being over-optimistic!

lljkk Tue 06-Nov-12 14:15:23

Ooh, from what I'm reading the most hypo-allergenic cat breeds aren't available in Britain.

Some breeders offer breeds they say are hypo-allergenic, you would need to visit to see if you reacted (eg).

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