Post # 1
I had a cat allergy as a child but I outgrew it. Well looks like it is back. 🙁 We got our kittys in july and even woke up in the middle of the night to bottle feed them every 3 hours (the mom stoped taking care of them) We have done everything for these kittys that we could I love them and so do my kids. But Now I am waking up with big red puffy eyes, have been sneezing and coughing up a storm for a few days but today one of the kittys licked me and now I have a rash there.
What allergy meds work best for dealing with a cat allergy? I really dont want to get rid of our babies.
Post # 3
Are your cats outdoor cats or only indoor? I would say that it could be you are allergic to something on their fur rather than the cats themselves.
This time of year allergies start to go crazy with the wind and leaves dropping, plus the rain kicks up stuff to. If you are allergic to mold as well it tends to thrive in the fall and winter.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: Oh no they are indoor cats and I know its kinda sad but me and the kittys and the kids have not gone outside for a few days. and nothing else has changed around our apartment.
Post # 5
Oh noes! I would recommend seeing an allergist. They could confirm whether it is, indeed, a cat allergy and could recommend treatments. I have a few friends who get allergy shots that last three months at a time, which I think are stronger and more effective than pills, but you’d have to see a doctor and find out what they’d recommend.
ETA: I have three kitties and worried that I was becoming allergic, but it turned out my sinus problems stem from a deviated septum. The allergist confirmed that I have no allergies!
Post # 6
I’ve always had bad allergies and am very allergic to animals. I’ve always been able to have pets indoors by getting allergy shots, they do a great job of keeping my allergies under control. You go to an allergist and they test you for all sorts of allergens, and you’ll find out if you’re allergic to cats. It sounds like you might be since you said you got a rash when your cat licked you :(. That happens to me too.
However, if your symptoms don’t get too severe and you don’t want to go that route, I would just start trying different OTC allergy meds. Some work for me and some don’t, so I guess it’s different for each individual.
Post # 7
If you are allergic, it also helps to keep your home really clean. You may have to vacuum and sweep more frequently to get rid of pet hair and dander in the carpet or on the floor. Also, keep the litter boxes clean as some people are allergic to the waste of the animals.
Post # 8
I would suggest Claritin, I am not allergic to cats but I have other allergies and that seems to work best for me, without knocking me out. I would also highly suggest you get an air purifier with a HEPA filter. I got one last year, and I think it has made a huge difference for me, healthwise. You might also try adding a little bit of Omega-3 or fish oil to your cats food. It makes their coat nice and shiney, but it also keeps their cat dander down.
Post # 9
@bunny: & @Miss Sorbet: I guess I will be on the phone with my mom to get the info on the allergist i used to have…
Post # 10
@Bichon Frise: Thanks I do I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old so I have to vacuum usually like twice a day… lol
@SandyThePoet: I have one somewhere Ill make fi dig it out of the garage! and thanks i will put it on my shopping list!
Post # 11
My Darling Husband has bad allergies and pet allergies. We have a cat and are around his siblings dogs alot. When his normal seasonal allergies are kind of bad then our cat and other animals just bother him a lot during that time. He takes OTC drugs and it normally helps. He has been really good the last few months and hasn’t been talking any allergy meds…but this week he has had to take some, I think something is in the air for where we are. I don’t have bad allergies and even this week I feel like I almost need allergy meds.
Post # 12
I have pet allergies, too, but mine got a ton better after I did an allergy shot regimen as a kid/teenager. Now when my allergies flare up (we have two dogs), I take Zyrtec; Claritin does nothing for me anymore, lol. You may see better results after taking it regularly for a week or two, after it has a chance to build up in your system. Definitely talk to your allergist about your treatment options, though. OTC drugs are a short-term solution, in my mind.