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post #1 of 29
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OMG! I just found out that I'm allergic to my kitties and the stupid doctor says I have to get rid of them! There's no way in hell I'm giving them up - I'm so upset right now...! When I asked her about alternative options she said there is NONE - stupid woman

I beleive there's something called Allerpet that I can use to reduce my allergies...has anyone ever had to use this?? I also know of steam cleaning one's home and bathing my cats will help, I'm sure...

Does anyone have any opinions on this?
I don't want to get rid of my babies - I love them and it would break my heart...
post #2 of 29
I know there are people that live with cats that are allergic, I know there is something for you to take, I think u need a different Dr. that will work with you on this.
post #3 of 29
I agree with Bella 713, you need to find another doctor. I have allergies (not to my cats) mine are seasonal I take Allermax it's available online at Vitacost.com. Good Luck and keep us posted.
post #4 of 29
I'm allergic to my cats too, granted not that bad, but with 10 it gets to me sometimes I'm on Zyrtec, a prescription allergy med right now, and it has done wonders for me!
post #5 of 29
I would definately get a 2nd opinion!! Theres no way I could/would get rid of my babies either....

Best of luck to ya sweetie.
post #6 of 29
I'm supposedly allergic to cats and dogs but lucky for me, I have never had an allergic reaction to a cat or a dog. If I was allergic to my cats, I wouldn't stop looking until I found a competent doctor who could prescribe something for me.
post #7 of 29
There are also things you can do to help cut down on allergies. I have heard people on here suggest wiping them down once a day with distilled water on a cloth. You can also vacuum daily with a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter, even if you have wood floors. The one thing everyone suggests is to not let them in your bed. Which may be hard if they are used to sleeping with you, but that is one place it will bother you the most. There are a lot of things you can do to help. You don't have to get rid of your cats. I know I have seen a lot of threads on this subject so do a search around and you will find a lot of help.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
There are also things you can do to help cut down on allergies. I have heard people on here suggest wiping them down once a day with distilled water on a cloth. You can also vacuum daily with a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter, even if you have wood floors. The one thing everyone suggests is to not let them in your bed. Which may be hard if they are used to sleeping with you, but that is one place it will bother you the most. There are a lot of things you can do to help. You don't have to get rid of your cats. I know I have seen a lot of threads on this subject so do a search around and you will find a lot of help.
Thanks AlleyGirl, and thanks to everyone's responses - I really appreciate it, it's made me feel much better

I'm off to the shops to buy a steam cleaner and distilled water.
post #9 of 29
I'm allergic to cats. Did your doctor prescribe any medications for you?

Here are some suggestions:

·\tSet up a cat-free zone, preferably the bedroom. Your cat should not be allowed in your bedroom. You spend a good amount of your time home sleeping, and this would be the best choice for a cat-free area. Dander can build up on your sheets and blankets, exacerbating your allergies. It is worth it to buy zippered, allergy-proof cases for your mattress, boxspring, and pillows.

·\tReduce the amount of textiles in your home. Dander gets trapped in soft surfaces like carpets, upholstery and curtains. Consider switching to hardwood or tile floors, leather furniture and blinds.

·\tPlace washable blankets and throws where you cat spends the most time. Wash these frequently in hot water.

·\tClean your home frequently, wiping down all hard surfaces. Wear a dust mask while cleaning. Invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, or use high filtration cleaner bags

·\tBaseboard heating systems are better for cat allergies than forced hot air systems. If you do have a hot air system, change filters frequently.

·\tBrush your cat frequently. If possible, have a household member that is not allergic take care of this task.

·\tWash your hands after petting your cat, or handling any of their toys, beds, bowls, etc. Do not touch your eyes until your hands have been thoroughly cleaned.

·\tIf you have been playing or cuddling with your cat, make sure you change your clothes before lying in your bed. Remember, your bed and bedroom is a cat-free zone.

·\tInvest in a HEPA air purifier

·\tWeather permitting, allow some fresh air in your home every day to clear out some of the allergens

·\tBath your pet or wipe them down with distilled water. This reduces the allergens on their coat and skin.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
I'm allergic to cats. Did your doctor prescribe any medications for you?

Here are some suggestions:

·\tSet up a cat-free zone, preferably the bedroom. Your cat should not be allowed in your bedroom. You spend a good amount of your time home sleeping, and this would be the best choice for a cat-free area. Dander can build up on your sheets and blankets, exacerbating your allergies. It is worth it to buy zippered, allergy-proof cases for your mattress, boxspring, and pillows.

·\tReduce the amount of textiles in your home. Dander gets trapped in soft surfaces like carpets, upholstery and curtains. Consider switching to hardwood or tile floors, leather furniture and blinds.

·\tPlace washable blankets and throws where you cat spends the most time. Wash these frequently in hot water.

·\tClean your home frequently, wiping down all hard surfaces. Wear a dust mask while cleaning. Invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, or use high filtration cleaner bags

·\tBaseboard heating systems are better for cat allergies than forced hot air systems. If you do have a hot air system, change filters frequently.

·\tBrush your cat frequently. If possible, have a household member that is not allergic take care of this task.

·\tWash your hands after petting your cat, or handling any of their toys, beds, bowls, etc. Do not touch your eyes until your hands have been thoroughly cleaned.

·\tIf you have been playing or cuddling with your cat, make sure you change your clothes before lying in your bed. Remember, your bed and bedroom is a cat-free zone.

·\tInvest in a HEPA air purifier

·\tWeather permitting, allow some fresh air in your home every day to clear out some of the allergens

·\tBath your pet or wipe them down with distilled water. This reduces the allergens on their coat and skin.
Thanks so much, these tips are going to help a lot
Thank goodness there's somewhere on the web that I can get info from
post #11 of 29
I have heard of lots of things that you can do to reduce pet allergies. If this doctor says there's no other option than to get rid of your kitties, then I would look for a new doctor.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by ClaireBear View Post
I have heard of lots of things that you can do to reduce pet allergies. If this doctor says there's no other option than to get rid of your kitties, then I would look for a new doctor.
I think I've only known one person that i would have to say I understood with allergies, she got hives every where even after doing everything under the sun to still keep them and she was very upset, and I've known many people that are allergic and quite happy with owning cats....look at this site!. when I was little i was told I was allergic to cats (I think only certain ones though, various types of dander?).
post #13 of 29
I'm also allergic and have 6 cats.
I take zyrtec and as long as I keep them off my pillows I can still share the bed with them.
post #14 of 29
There are treatments for allergies. People that have a lot of food allergies obviously do not stop eating, doctors treat it.

DH used to be allergic to a lot of food, he had to do 2 years of shots when he was younger. Now he only slight reactions to some foods.

Make your doctor do her job or find one who will.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom View Post
I'm allergic to cats. Did your doctor prescribe any medications for you?

Here are some suggestions:

·\tSet up a cat-free zone, preferably the bedroom. Your cat should not be allowed in your bedroom. You spend a good amount of your time home sleeping, and this would be the best choice for a cat-free area. Dander can build up on your sheets and blankets, exacerbating your allergies. It is worth it to buy zippered, allergy-proof cases for your mattress, boxspring, and pillows.

·\tReduce the amount of textiles in your home. Dander gets trapped in soft surfaces like carpets, upholstery and curtains. Consider switching to hardwood or tile floors, leather furniture and blinds.

·\tPlace washable blankets and throws where you cat spends the most time. Wash these frequently in hot water.

·\tClean your home frequently, wiping down all hard surfaces. Wear a dust mask while cleaning. Invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, or use high filtration cleaner bags

·\tBaseboard heating systems are better for cat allergies than forced hot air systems. If you do have a hot air system, change filters frequently.

·\tBrush your cat frequently. If possible, have a household member that is not allergic take care of this task.

·\tWash your hands after petting your cat, or handling any of their toys, beds, bowls, etc. Do not touch your eyes until your hands have been thoroughly cleaned.

·\tIf you have been playing or cuddling with your cat, make sure you change your clothes before lying in your bed. Remember, your bed and bedroom is a cat-free zone.

·\tInvest in a HEPA air purifier

·\tWeather permitting, allow some fresh air in your home every day to clear out some of the allergens

·\tBath your pet or wipe them down with distilled water. This reduces the allergens on their coat and skin.


post #16 of 29
A doctor who specializes in allergies might have a greater variety of options for you to try...

And I saw in a pet groomer's brochure that there's a special type of grooming for cats that supposedly removes the undercoat... not sure if that might reduce the allergens for you. In any case, good for you for not even considering giving up your cats! I can't imagine how losing a beloved pet could possibly be good for anyone's overall health.

That doctor. Hmph!
post #17 of 29
I went to the allergist to get an allergy test and I found out that I am allergic to both dogs and cats (I have both) and I told them once I found out there is no way in heck I am giving my babies up. I took allergy shots, but I am not deathly allergic and so I saw myself getting better and I stopped taking them because I am not severely allergic. I would get a 2nd opinion and ditch that doctor.. there are people who live with cats and dogs and other animals they are allergic to and they manage and wouldn't give up their pets either like myself. I am sure you won't give them up either because you obviously love your babies. Karen (Abbysmom) gave some great suggestions what you can do to deal with your allergies. good luck!
post #18 of 29
I am not allergic to anything (thank goodness) but have a sister who is allergic to cats. As a kid she used to try to keep them, but never could, even with shots from the doc for her allergies. 4 years after her last attempt with a hairy cat, as an adult, she was amazed that she can comfortably live with Sphynx cats (2). She was worried at first, but long term it has worked out just fine. She gives them a bath often, which I guess does help. She is also very clean and washes everything all the time as far as bedding goes, and has hardwood floors. We have a Sphynx and an in-law of mine is allergic to cats, he never even noticed and was just fine too. They are not hypo-allergenic or anything like that, but SOME people with cat allergies can tolerate Sphynx cats.
post #19 of 29
I can't believe your doctor would just tell you to get rid of your babies!! He/She must not have any of their own. Have you always had cats? I always heard that kids who grew up with pets were less likely to be allergic to them. I am supposedly allergic to grass, pollen, dust, smoke, and everything else that you can be allergic to... does that mean I shouldn't leave my house? lol! Keep the cats! Lose the doctor!!
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Samantha1979 View Post
I can't believe your doctor would just tell you to get rid of your babies!! He/She must not have any of their own. Have you always had cats? I always heard that kids who grew up with pets were less likely to be allergic to them. I am supposedly allergic to grass, pollen, dust, smoke, and everything else that you can be allergic to... does that mean I shouldn't leave my house? lol! Keep the cats! Lose the doctor!!
That's the crazy part about it...she does have cats, but she only has them to keep away rats, mice and lizards (she makes them stay outside the entire time and never lets them in the house) She says she has no attachment to them! Shocking! What a cold woman!

I like your advice, keep the cats lose the doctor yeah

I've only had my babies for approx 3 years now...
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Miagi's_Mommy View Post
I went to the allergist to get an allergy test and I found out that I am allergic to both dogs and cats (I have both) and I told them once I found out there is no way in heck I am giving my babies up. I took allergy shots, but I am not deathly allergic and so I saw myself getting better and I stopped taking them because I am not severely allergic. I would get a 2nd opinion and ditch that doctor.. there are people who live with cats and dogs and other animals they are allergic to and they manage and wouldn't give up their pets either like myself. I am sure you won't give them up either because you obviously love your babies. Karen (Abbysmom) gave some great suggestions what you can do to deal with your allergies. good luck!
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I really appreciate all the support you guys have given me...how on earth does a doc ask a cat addict to give up her babies?
In any case, it's not just them I'm allergic to, it's also pollen and dust. All the advice is highly appreciated by everyone
When I thought of life without my fur babies, I started bawling (that's just not an option!)

Thanks again
post #22 of 29
I'm allergic to my cats too. I just use my albuterol inhaler when I go to bed and take Benedryl when it gets bad (which it doesn't do very often.) I've read that dark cats have a different allergen than light cats. Not sure if this is true or not. Siberian cats have a lack of a certain glyco-protein in their saliva, known as Fel d1, and are supposed to be hypo-allergenic.
Of course, none of that really matters when you already have the cats that you love living in your home. The ways that I've read about controlling allergies to cats is to bathe your cat monthly and wipe them down with distilled water frequently (bi-weekly or daily depending on your allergies.) Keeping your environment pet hair free by daily vacuuming with a hepa-filter vacuum, installing a hepa filter on your furnace and reducing the amount of fabric in the environment (carpeting, upholstered furniture, draperies) is supposed to help also. Keeping your bedroom off limits to your cats is also recommended. That's something that would be impossible for me, so I don't even try! The advice to keep the cats and get rid of the doctor worked for me. That's the treatment I recommend above all others!!!

Pookie & the girls
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
There are also things you can do to help cut down on allergies. I have heard people on here suggest wiping them down once a day with distilled water on a cloth. You can also vacuum daily with a vacuum that uses a HEPA filter, even if you have wood floors. The one thing everyone suggests is to not let them in your bed. Which may be hard if they are used to sleeping with you, but that is one place it will bother you the most. There are a lot of things you can do to help. You don't have to get rid of your cats. I know I have seen a lot of threads on this subject so do a search around and you will find a lot of help.
The distilled water is also my suggestion. You don't have to dump them in it, just wipe them down all over with a thoroughly damp cloth as already mentioned. I don't test allergic to cats but I do have asthma so I do all I can for maintenance. I never try to keep them out of my bed but a good thing to do is always make sure your pillow is covered when you're not sleeping on it or just change the pillow case every day. My long hair loves to sleep on my pillow during the day if it's uncovered.

I think that a main cause of "cat allergy" is more due to the dust that settles on any cat hair lying around. JMO

Good luck with that!
post #24 of 29
One of my friends who has cat's a few years ago was told by an allergist that she also was allergic to her cat's and to get rid of them..I found that very "cold" hearted also. My friend has always had cat's and developed the allergy. She did not go for a second opinion, she came to me..I gave her all of the advise that was stated here, and it really seemed to help her alot. She now just take the OTC Alevert before going to bed, and has trained the cats to sleep anywhere else on the bed but near her head. She is doing great. Good luck to you..
post #25 of 29
I am also having this problem and I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone that offered solutions!
I have not gone to the doc myself, but I've had Princess for a week now and yesterday my eye started watering uncontrollably, my throat dry and my sinuses having major issues.

Thank you again!
post #26 of 29
Any doctor who would tell you getting rid of them is the only option isn't a good doctor. I mean, yes, medically it probably is the best thing to do (I am allergic to Zissou as well) but doctors should know they are treating a person and not just a body. I just had this discussion with mine and he said since my asthma is well-controlled without steroids unless I am ill, and my allergies are currently more of a nuisance than a real medical problem, he said "don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to get rid of her. We only do that as a last resort". I told him that wasn't even an option and he understood.

There are TONS of things you can do, one of them being wait it out. If you've had them for three years and are having symptoms now, they might get better, they might get worse, they might disappear. My allergies almost always lessen with exposure, so though I'm still very allergic to cats I'm not allergic to Zissou. Which is handy when she sleeps on my face.
post #27 of 29
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The problem with my allergies is that I've been getting a rash.
I want to try Zyrtec and see if it helps.

My mom spoke to a herbalist yesterday and he recommended I come and see him. He's got these drops (it's like a 2 week detox) and then allergy tabs specifically for allergies to cats - and it's all natural.

In the meantime I have followed everyone's advice (distilled water, vacuuming, though I do still need to bath my babies...which is going to be a mission)
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Samantha1979 View Post
Keep the cats! Lose the doctor!!

Ha! Well stated!
post #29 of 29
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Holla Atcha girls!

LOLZ...scuse the craziness - I'm just in a good mood

Anyways, I got some Zyrtec today cos of the rash on my bod from my fur babies...so whaddya guys reckon? Will it help?
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