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Wigglytuff
Aug 21st, 2009, 01:55 AM
ARGH!!! we have two new rescue kittens and i just found out from the allergist that i am allergic to cats!!

I AM IN SHOCK!!! i have loved animals all my life and cat sat in the past with no problem. i even volunteered at a shelter for special events. we rescued TWO kittens from our local shelter (one is a 4 month old pure breed maine coon kitten that was in the shelter because her prior owner was allergic to cats!)

the allergist recommended zytec and/or nasonex. but i have only been home for only 2 hours and i am sneezing and feeling stuffy already. I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP MY BABIES!!! i have only had the maine coon for 3 days and i am IN LOVE! i cant give her up. PLEASE HELP!!

the bedroom has carpet but for the time being while they are still getting used to each other they are not allowed therein.

:help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

miffedmax
Aug 21st, 2009, 02:48 AM
I wish I could help. Can you get shots?

Coons are awesome, but in my experience they're very hard on the allergic in my limited experience. Frequent brushing helps if you can get one of those brushes where that you can clean easily and throw out the collected hair in a nice wad and have the time.

I know you want to keep these cats, but I've heard Siberians have similar personalities to Coons and cause fewer allergy problems. Never had one though, and I'm not allergic--though I have to admit the Coon I had did make me sneeze some.

Good luck.

Oh, Lena's bangs.

meyerpl
Aug 21st, 2009, 03:10 AM
I wish I could help. Can you get shots?

Coons are awesome, but in my experience they're very hard on the allergic in my limited experience. Frequent brushing helps if you can get one of those brushes where that you can clean easily and throw out the collected hair in a nice wad and have the time.

I know you want to keep these cats, but I've heard Siberians have similar personalities to Coons and cause fewer allergy problems. Never had one though, and I'm not allergic--though I have to admit the Coon I had did make me sneeze some.

Good luck.

Oh, Lena's bangs.New Year's resolution, Max?

drake3781
Aug 21st, 2009, 03:17 AM
Not what you want to hear, but you are going to have to give up the cats, so first thing: start to get used to the idea, and second thing: start looking for the best home you can find for them.

I don't think living 15+ years trying to medicate your allergies is a good choice.

Only other thing is to get a second opinion to be SURE that it is indeed allergies.

meyerpl
Aug 21st, 2009, 03:32 AM
Not what you want to hear, but you are going to have to give up the cats, so first thing: start to get used to the idea, and second thing: start looking for the best home you can find for them.

I don't think living 15+ years trying to medicate your allergies is a good choice.

Only other thing is to get a second opinion to be SURE that it is indeed allergies.I don't know about that. I knew a fellow with terrible allergies, but they didn't bother him when he was drunk.

drake3781
Aug 21st, 2009, 04:36 AM
I don't know about that. I knew a fellow with terrible allergies, but they didn't bother him when he was drunk.


..... ba da bing!!

:wavey:

Scotso
Aug 21st, 2009, 04:59 AM
There are shots you can get to control it.

mandy7
Aug 21st, 2009, 05:39 AM
Just give up the cats and get a puppy.

Haimar
Aug 21st, 2009, 07:57 AM
Just give up the cats and get a puppy.

I knew you would say that :lol:

Just put them in a bag, dump them and buy gold fish, they are allergic free!

mandy7
Aug 21st, 2009, 08:39 AM
I knew you would say that :lol:

Just put them in a bag, dump them and buy gold fish, they are allergic free!
but they're boring

Kart
Aug 21st, 2009, 09:36 AM
There's two options here:

1. Medicate and carry on. You might get used to them in time - some allergies do go away.

Keeping them out of the bedroom isn't going to make a huge difference if they're all over the rest of the house though.

2. Give them up. You have time to find them homes but this is the option I'd pick. Allergies are one thing for a few days but, if you're going to be sneezing all the time at home, your quality of life isn't going to be all that great and you'll start to resent them.

Harvs
Aug 21st, 2009, 01:04 PM
what do you mean HELP?
either get rid of them or don't and deal with it.

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2009, 12:33 AM
There's two options here:

1. Medicate and carry on. You might get used to them in time - some allergies do go away.

Keeping them out of the bedroom isn't going to make a huge difference if they're all over the rest of the house though.

2. Give them up. You have time to find them homes but this is the option I'd pick. Allergies are one thing for a few days but, if you're going to be sneezing all the time at home, your quality of life isn't going to be all that great and you'll start to resent them.


great posts everyone.

so far the allergies are not so bad that i have sneezing. i have just a lot of cough which i guess is sneezing's smaller cousins. but the allergist gave me zyrtec and nasonex and it seems to be working i have a lot less coughing (almost none) and feel almost no symptons. so i think that my allergies are mild enough that i can "live wit it"

i have been taking zoloft daily for 5 years, so it is no trouble to just add a smaller pill to the mix. i really dont want to give them up though especially if it is not so bad.

the reason i mentioned the bedroom is that the bedroom has carpet and the rest of the house if hardwood. so it is easy to sweep up the hair in the rest of house but the carpet is much harder to get truly clean.

i have taken the advise from this forum and using the sticky clothes pet hair roller things on the cats themselves and that picks up A LOT of fur so that is good.

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2009, 12:35 AM
...;16313503']what do you mean HELP?
either get rid of them or don't and deal with it.

your post is the sucks.

by help i meant what are things that can be done to minimize the allergies.

Kart
Aug 22nd, 2009, 12:40 AM
I hope it works out for you Wigglytuff. It sounds like you're going to be fine if it's a cough that's responding to treatment.

I always wanted to get a cat but I am allergic also. Not much more than you nowadays - in fact it's almost gone completely unless I spend a lot of time with a cat - but I used to sneeze non stop and be rubbing my eyes when I was younger so it never happened :sad:.

youizahoe
Aug 22nd, 2009, 12:54 AM
I'm allergic too, my eye veins burst and I sneeze all the time. But I'm keeping my pets, regardlessly, and I've noticed the more I'm with them, the lesser allergic I become. An Allergene test proved that I got more resistant for cat and dog hair.

égalité
Aug 22nd, 2009, 01:02 AM
I'm allergic to the cats at my parents' house so whenever I go home I just take a Claritin (or the cheaper generic kind) and I'm fine for the day.

youizahoe
Aug 22nd, 2009, 01:27 AM
I'm allergic to the cats at my parents' house so whenever I go home I just take a Claritin (or the cheaper generic kind) and I'm fine for the day.

In the end those cheaper generic things are the same as those overpriced brands, they are even made at the same labs lol :p

égalité
Aug 22nd, 2009, 02:04 AM
In the end those cheaper generic things are the same as those overpriced brands, they are even made at the same labs lol :p

Exactly! :lol:

Claritin is like 4 times as expensive too :help:

Rocketta
Aug 22nd, 2009, 03:05 AM
I'll take them, I'm allergic to everything EXCEPT pet dander! :banana:

Glad you are managing the symptoms. :)

Rocketta
Aug 22nd, 2009, 03:09 AM
Exactly! :lol:

Claritin is like 4 times as expensive too :help:

I don't find the equivalents to be that much cheaper or to work as well... it may have the same active ingredients but sometimes the additional ingredients matter in the absorption of the product.... but that's just my non-scientific experience. :lol:

Oh and Claritin is the only one that didn't change their formula due to all the druggies in the world and works much better for me than anything.... well I mean Claritin-D... but everyone is different. :shrug:

watchdogfish
Aug 22nd, 2009, 01:06 PM
ARGH!!! we have two new rescue kittens and i just found out from the allergist that i am allergic to cats!!

I AM IN SHOCK!!! i have loved animals all my life and cat sat in the past with no problem. i even volunteered at a shelter for special events. we rescued TWO kittens from our local shelter (one is a 4 month old pure breed maine coon kitten that was in the shelter because her prior owner was allergic to cats!)

the allergist recommended zytec and/or nasonex. but i have only been home for only 2 hours and i am sneezing and feeling stuffy already. I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP MY BABIES!!! i have only had the maine coon for 3 days and i am IN LOVE! i cant give her up. PLEASE HELP!!

the bedroom has carpet but for the time being while they are still getting used to each other they are not allowed therein.

:help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Wow the irony :lol:

If you're ok around other cats it might be the proteins in the maine coon fur you're allergic to. You should probably get some anti-histimines from the chemist or the doctor. Also maybe try and hoover and dust your house every day to get rid of the hair.


Not what you want to hear, but you are going to have to give up the cats, so first thing: start to get used to the idea, and second thing: start looking for the best home you can find for them.

I don't think living 15+ years trying to medicate your allergies is a good choice.

Only other thing is to get a second opinion to be SURE that it is indeed allergies.

Well I've gone 23 years taking allergy medication including nasal sprays and my nose isn't ruined. If you have to do it then you have to do it. It's better than suffering and not getting enjoyment out of a pet or the outdoors.

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2009, 02:27 PM
In the end those cheaper generic things are the same as those overpriced brands, they are even made at the same labs lol :p

i heard that too!!

we get costco brand zyrtec and it does the trick.

Wigglytuff
Aug 22nd, 2009, 02:30 PM
Wow the irony :lol:

If you're ok around other cats it might be the proteins in the maine coon fur you're allergic to. You should probably get some anti-histimines from the chemist or the doctor. Also maybe try and hoover and dust your house every day to get rid of the hair.




Well I've gone 23 years taking allergy medication including nasal sprays and my nose isn't ruined. If you have to do it then you have to do it. It's better than suffering and not getting enjoyment out of a pet or the outdoors.

you know when i found out about it, the FIRST thing i thought about it was writing alanis morrissette and explaining what irony is. :help: :tape: :tape: :help: :tape:

miffedmax
Aug 22nd, 2009, 05:11 PM
Especially since rain on your wedding day is supposed to by lucky. (Didn't work for me...or maybe it did given the two fine lads I got out of it).

There's nothing ironic about Lena's bangs, though.

Barrie_Dude
Aug 22nd, 2009, 05:38 PM
Just give up the cats and get a puppy.
Can he have Cooper? :devil: