Post # 1
So, I just got a kitten. I love him. He is adorable and perfect.
I never had allergies to my dog or my friend’s cats, but suddenly I have a sore throat stuffed nose and sneezing.
How do I know if I am allergic or (fingers crossed) just sick? What do I do?
The thought of giving him back to the breeder (who said she would take him back in a heart beat) makes me so sad, but I can’t live feeling like this.
Post # 3
@DiamondsandViolets: yourbody can eventually become “used”to your cat. My now husbamd was allergic to dogs and had a few rough days/weeks when he first met my dog. Once we started living together the allergies began to subside.
also, take Claritin!
Post # 4
Talk to your doctor and ask for a scratch test. That’s really the only way to know for certain. Personally, I would do two of them with two different doctors as I’ve had conflicting results before.
Post # 5
I have an allergy to cats – I am allergic to their saliva and the dander (which gets in the air and gives me breathing problems). Since cats lick themselves, touching them is a no go for me.
I would go to your doctor and have them refer you to an allergy specialist who will give you a scratch test. Do the test twice if you can – I’ve had some false negatives and positives on occasion. Live with your cat for a couple more weeks and see if things get better. If not, then you are probably allergic.
Post # 6
@DiamondsandViolets: plus one to what @mstellah: said. I was slightly allergic to my cats growing up and was pretty (runny nose, ect) and when I got my boxer I would have hives after contact with fur nails and saliva. It was really bad the first few months but eventually got WAY better. I almost never react now, and when I do it is after I have been away from him for a long tim (12+hours)
If it doesnt get better, I would suggest talking to your doc- they may be able to give you a shot/drugs that will help!
Post # 7
I’m allergic to my dogs. I know I am and that I would probably have better allergies year round if I didn’t have them, but I take claritin every night and really don’t feel too bad most of the time. The trade off is worth it to me and I would never give them up.
If I was severely sick for a long time I would, but like others said, your body seems to adjust and you can only see minor symptoms.
Post # 8
In my case, when we first got our dog (inside dog), I of course spent a lot of time playing and cuddling with him, and my allergies started acting up! (Itchy/watery eyes, sore/scratchy throat, sneezing). I had never had bad allergies to animals before, but I think one living in our house that I was constantly petting did the trick. However, we bought a hepa fan for the living room, and a vacuum with a hepa filter as well. I took Allegra (fexofenadine) every day for about 3 months. After a week or so of starting the med and using the fan, my allergies didn’t bother me anymore. Now, 6 months later we barely use the fan, and I ran out of Allegra and haven’t bought more. Still no allergies! In my case, I guess my body just got used to the dog.
I hope you get to keep your kitten! I love cats (I love my dog, too) but DH does NOT want a cat.
Post # 9
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As others said, you can be tested to know for sure.
I am allergic to cats, but that hasn’t kept me from owning one for 9+ years. I build up an immunity to him and only take Claritin rarely. It’s about finding the right balance. I can’t be around him too much but I can’t stay away from him for too long either. I also NEVER touch my eyes. That’s death. Do you break out in hives from petting your kitten?
Post # 10
Thank you all for your help! I really appreciate it 🙂
I am going to give it a week or so to see if I am sick or if it is allergies, but other than my external symptoms (nose, throat) I don’t have the tired feeling of being sick or any aches.
@Christy42213: No, I don’t have hives. I have a sore throat and a really stuffy nose. My eyes feel warm, but not itchy (kind of like fever eyes).