Thanks you guys
Onyx isn't a new kitty- hes been with us for 4 years now.For some reason he doesn't seem to cause a reaction in either my son or my hubby
I've managed to keep the allergies under control by bathing and grooming the kitties fairly regularly. I use a hypoallergenic shampoo so its easy on their skin and rinse them really well. I try to groom them when hubby and my son aren't around, so theres not a lot of hair and dander flying around.
I think another thing that helped is that we moved from a tiny house to a huge one, and the dander isn't so concentrated. When hubby starts getting any symptoms, which usually only happens when both cats are around him for an extended period (they love to curl up near us when we're watching a movie or something
) he takes an over the counter medication like Advil Cold and Sinus and it clears up.
As for my son, he seems to be 'outgrowing' his problems to some extent. He was born with a larynx that was too small, and he had asthma-like symtoms for years, needed inhalers and the like. He DOES have an allergy to cats as well as a few other things, but now that his larynx has grown to the proper size (the condition rights itself by about the age of 5) it doesn't seem to bother him as much. I attribute that too to the area of this house being so much greater, so irritants are less concentrated.
Is it possible that some cats are less likely to cause problems than others? I realize that the allergen is in the cats saliva, and neither Onyx nor Gibs are big time groomers.
Oh well, whatever the reasons its going well. Gibs was supposed to be here temporarily but I'm really glad hes able to stay. I know that the other kitties are in loving homes now (with the exception of poor Loco of course
) since I've kept in contact with their new owners. I miss them all terribly, but I'm thankful that I can at least visit them and that I can give Gibs the loving home he deserves.