Post # 1
So….I decided that I want a kitty. It’s one of those things that just sparked in my head, and now I am obsessed. It doesn’t help that we went to a shelter & I fell in love with the cutest little gray tabby. I mean, she was the sweetest, most adorable cat ever and I just wanted to put her in my purse and take her home.
My first cat stayed with my parents after I moved out because I didn’t have permanent living situation – so I didn’t want to put him through all the move. Now that I’m settled, I want a cat that can be mine – because my first cat is now my mom’s and she will not let go (I don’t blame her :P).
I lived with my first cat for 3 years and everything was fine. Out of nowhere, I started getting stuffy nosed after I returned from study abroad. I ignored this incident & decided that maybe i’m just allergic to that particular cat. Stupid, I know.
Guess what? After the shelter appointment, I started getting a bit stuffy and sneezed *just once*. Sigh. Now the realization that I am in fact allergic to cats is real. So real, that just writing this makes me tear up. I can’t believe that I won’t be able to go home to her.
FH suggested we get a puppy since…he’s always wanted one (and likes dogs more) and I get my furbaby – just in puppy form. I love cats though. I’m a cat person. This makes no sense.
What do I do bees?
Also, here she is. I named her too.
ETA: Please feel free to post your furbaby pictures; the more, the merrier!! 🙂
Post # 3
@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
@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
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
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
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
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
- 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 # 10
@deetroitwhat: That is what the girl that worked at the shelter said. She said that after 6 months with her cat she developed allergies where she broke out in hives. And then eventually they disappeared. I wonder if I had continued to live with my parents I’d be fine too? Idk.
@MrsPanda99: I know you are and I wish I were too!!! I mean I love dogs, don’t get me wrong. I’d want to have one of each (or you know, 7) but right now it’s too early to get so many of them at once…so we have to pick one. The alternative (a puppy) would be this freaking adorableness…but they are so much work!
@springbride23: I hear you. I think that’s the same with me. Though being around my cat also makes me get stuffy eventually. But not as bad as when I pet him and touch my face. With the ones at the shelter I went all out and kissed them!!! 😛
Post # 11
@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 # 12
@missamysmiles: OMG she’s amazing!! That is so interesting to hear! They gave us another one to see along with this tabby, and she/he was a black and white fluffy thing. Cutest face ever, but I thought the fluffy hair would be even worse. I wanted to get the fluffy one more because he was alone – whereas the one I liked had a brother and I felt bad separating them. SO maybe this makes more sense. Hm. Now I don’t know what to do.
@Eckle: Aww haha. I had one of those too!! He got sick, poor thing 🙁
@MrsBaldEagle: I really hope that’s the case lol.
Post # 13
@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
- 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
- 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).
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: Yeah dogs are more rewarding in a sense (and trust me – cats are not boring lol) But there is something about cats that just…speaks to me. Like yeah, you’re right – they are opportunistic little suckers. But they are quite loving and a part of the family (well, mine is anyway). Ugh. So lost right now.
This is what my friends must mean when they say they just want a kid & can’t help their urge. I just want a furbaby and I won’t rest until I get one!!!