Post # 1
I’m hosting a baby shower for a friend next month at my house, and I’m about to start on the invitations. DH and I have four cats and a brand new puppy who have the run of the house. Though we’ll make sure to clean and vacuum and such, it’s impossible to remove every single molecule of animal dander from the environment. I know how awful allergies can be – I spend every single day on ALL the allergy drugs – and I’d like to make sure that the guests don’t have to suffer. I would like them to know ahead of time that we’ve got these animals so that if any of them are allergic, they can take allergy meds or do whatever else they need to do. I was thinking I would add something like the following at the bottom of the invitations:
“Please be aware that the house does contain both cats and dogs. If you have pet allergies, please remember to take some allergy medicine or bring it with you so you don’t have to suffer.”
Good idea or bad? Would you reword it at all? Any other thoughts?
Post # 3
Is there a way you can pass along word via word of mouth? It is a little awkward to put on the invite, but if you have to I think wording it similar to what you have is fine:
“For those guests with pet allergies, please note our home has both dogs and cats”.
Post # 4
That might be a bit long windes. I think just a small note that you have cats and dogs should be enough. Just “We are a pet friendly home. Please be aware if you have allergies”
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: I can try, but about two thirds of the guests are from a different circle, so I don’t really know them. I’ll talk to the mommy-to-be’s sisters and see if they can help spread the word, too.
Post # 6
Hmm. I would think that if anyone has allergies like that, they might anticipate there being critters in someones home and take meds anyway. Seems like an odd thing to tack on the invite. Nevertheless, if I were you, I’d buy a box of Benadryl just in case.
Post # 7
In my opinion– anyone who has pet allergies severe enough that just being in a home that contains pets is a big deal would take meds before going to a stranger’s house anyways. MOST people have pets, so if they have a serious issue and dont take meds it is sort of on them.
Post # 8
@GreenEyedMoon: I think that ‘s a great idea. Although I wouldn’t put it directly on the invitation itself. Maybe put it on a separate piece of paper and then put that in the invitation. 🙂
Post # 9
That’s good of you to be considerate of your guests. Maye have a couple different kinds of allergy medicines, tissues, and eye drops on hnad at the shower? That way, your guests can help themselves if they are feeling a reaction.
Post # 10
I don’t thikn you need to say anything to be honest. I think the burden falls on the person with allergies to be responsible for what they need to do. If I’m going to someone’s house and am unsure if they have pets, I bring medication with me. In fact, I always have my medications on me.
If someone with allergies is that concerned, they will contact you to ask about pets.
Post # 11
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@Asia: I would actually stay away from that wording because it might seem like you were telling people to bring THEIR pets haha, not really clearly stating they they have pets of their own.
I think a simple “Please note that GreenEyedMoon has dogs and cats in her home” or something like that should do the trick. People who have allergies will know to take the meds.
ETA Or could you send an email to all the guests who RSVP yes to tell them?
Post # 12
I have pet & seasonal allergies (and own pets) and I take my medication everyday, even if I didn’t have pets I’d take it because it’s pretty much a given that wherever you go other people either have a pet or pet dander/hair from their pets on them so it’s a preventative thing.
I think it’s nice that you are making people aware though, I would get some claratin and have that on hand in case someone doesn’t take their medication or just write what @Asia said it’s short and to the point, not wordy at all.
Post # 13
You don’t need to say anything. If I was allergic to cats or dogs, I’d take my medicine knowing you might have some, or ask ahead of time.
Post # 14
I have two dogs and I used to have two cats (lost them in the divorce 🙁 ) and I threw a few showers but I would never warn people ahead of time. I figure if someone has bad enough allergies then they would either check themselves and/or take their allergy meds.
I’m allergic to certain things and I always know that if I’m in someone’s house where I could be affected then I should take medication beforehand. I wouldn’t worry about and have fun! 🙂
Post # 15
@MeiFrancis: haha! good point I actually like @Bostongrl25:‘s wording. 🙂
Post # 16
I would just keep a box of allergy meds on hand (non drowsy) and some eye drops. Maybe keep the fur babies in one bedroom for the event.