Can't stop crying

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: WWYD?
    Get the kitty! You can't say no to that face! Screw the allergies! : (31 votes)
    22 %
    Get the kitty; take medication/shots to help with allergies. : (67 votes)
    47 %
    Forget it. It's not worth the pain. : (10 votes)
    7 %
    Get a puppy! : (33 votes)
    23 %
    Other? : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Mimoza:  I’m mildly allergic to cats and I have 4. If/when the symptoms really bother me I just take some Zyrtec D. It’s only a problem if I touch my face after petting them for awhile. I get sneezy, sniffly, and swollen eyes if I get their dander on my face. No other issues. I would deal with these issues x10 before getting rid of my ‘children.’

    ETA: OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG SO CUTEEEEEEEEE

    Post # 4
    Member
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mimoza:  I’m a dog person so my bias is to get a puppy. However, if you have your heart set on this cat (and you obviously do) then take allergy medicine and get it! 🙂

    Post # 5
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    4367 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My brother ended up with an allergy to dogs & he bought one.  His allergies have magically disappeared.

    I haven’t done any medical research, but I am wondering if it is because you are not often around cats now & it is something that will ease with time.

    Post # 6
    Member
    135 posts
    Blushing bee

    A shelter has like 90 cats in one area, everyone is mildly allergic to 90 of them together.  I’ve had cats all my life, but only when I volunteer in the cattery do I get a runny nose.  Try hanging out with a friend’s cat to see if just one bothers you.

    Post # 7
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    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Get the kitten!  Shes so cute.  Also if you have her, your allergies may clear up.  My mom was really allergic to cats, but now shes not. 

    Post # 8
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My Fi and I love kitties, but I’m deathly allergic to them. We have kitty analogues in the form of our guinea pigs. They are cuddly and goofy, they even purr on demand! It’s not quite the same as a cat, but I think they are awesome pets and they are just so silly. They make me laugh everyday.

    Post # 9
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    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    @Mimoza:  I am a cat person too and allergic to cats…

    I know you’re in love with THAT kitty… but I am going to suggest you get a long-haired cat. 

    The only cats that get my allergies going are short-haired. Their dander is very different for some reason. It might seem backwards that long haired have less of a reaction, but it’s true.

    My kitty is long haired, I rarely sneeze, my SO who is VERY allergic to cats only reacts if he lets her hair touch his face, my best friend is very allergic, no reaction unless she pets her and rubs her face, same with my cousin and lots of other people. 

    My kitty Vada: 

    ETA: Your allergies will also become better with time – you might have some reactions at first,  and as long as they’re not really bad allergies, it will subside over time. 

    Post # 11
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    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mimoza:  They are work but they not boring like cats are 😛 Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best way to put it BUT cats do not do any of the wonderful things that doggies do. Puppies become a true part of your family and don’t only come around when they want food.  

    Post # 13
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    4367 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Mimoza:  Maybe 🙂  I mean you’re going to be crying either way it sounds like, lol, so why not just get your baby kitty after all.

    I guess I don’t see dogs & cats as interchangeable, because I am not a cat person.  If I couldn’t have dogs, I wouldn’t substitute a cat for them.  From that perspective, I think it makes sense to get what you really want!

    Post # 14
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    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    @Mimoza:  this has definitely been my experience. I find short haired cats have so much more dander. As soon as I enter a house with a short haired cat I’m a sneezasaurus. 

    Post # 15
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I have severe cat allergies, stuffy nose and sneezing are just the beginning. Itchy eyes, asthma attacks, coughing, and breaking out in hives are the reality for me. I take daily allergy medications and it doesn’t really help enough for me to live with a cat unless I had more space (ie. able to keep certain areas cat free for me).

    But, as long as your allergies are not that severe, you might be able to live with it. Wash your hands after petting your cat/before touching your face/eyes. Vacuum daily, groom frequently, keep things very clean. Maybe considering keeping the cat out of the bedroom. Also, speak to a doctor about allergy medicine. It can often take a few tries or prescription strength meds to find something that works. Sometimes it’s a combination of things (I take – pill, nasal spray, and eye drops for mine). Room air purifiers with HEPA filters can help too since they can capture the airborne dander.

    But don’t give up yet! Explore your options. Even with severe allergies I am okay visiting my FSIL who has two cats because she keeps the place so clean. On the other hand I’ve been to places where the owner never cleans enough so when I go to their place I start having asthma attacks (places where I can see everything is covered in fur).

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