To make a long story short...my daughter and I are both allergic to our two cats. I am not going to get rid of the cats. That's not an option.
But I am curious as to who all lives with their pets that they are allergic to and what steps have you taken to live with them?
[This message edited by jo2love at 12:23 PM, May 1st (Wednesday)]
ETA: Oh, and I popped loratadine every day.
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As far care/cleaning - we vacuum/dust often. Brush the cats often and we get a low/no dust litter. We get the good filters for our HVAC unit.
If our allergies were as severe as my dog allergy, they would have had a new home years ago. I can't stand near someone with a dog smell on them without have a bad reaction, the dog doesn't even have to be present. If I can smell it I'll have a reaction.
How severe are your allergies?
I know she also gets her dog professionally groomed once a month or so which also helps keep the dander down.
Me- BW, 28
Him- fWh, 34
Mostly R'd, minus a few scars...bought a house and got a puppy...And baby makes 3! She arrived August
My cat has recently been pawing at my bedroom door. It so loud that it sounds like someone is try to break in. We tried just shooing her away at first, but she keeps coming back. So I've had to spray her a couple times and she's learned not to touch the door when it's shut. She still comes in during the day, sits on my lap or pushes me out her chair, so there's no hard feelings.
As much as I love my cats, people's health comes first. Kitty needs to find a new bed. Then thoroughly clean her room, vacuum, dust, new sheets, wash & dry pillows etc...and there should be an improvement.
Ours or not allowed in the bedrooms when we're sleeping and they know not to jump on the kids beds. They apparently like mine better.
ETA- I'm sure you already do this, but just incase, when she's done handling her cat make she washes her hands really well. This help keep her from having a reaction if she touches her face. If I pet my cat then rub my eyes the reaction is awful. My face gets red and bumpy, like hives, my eyes itch and water, I sneeze and wheeze. Then I have to take meds. I wash almost up to my elbows and I'm fine.
[This message edited by simplydevastated at 8:27 PM, May 1st (Wednesday)]
I take Singulair because my most common symptom is allergy induced asthma. Singulair helps a TON!
Also, changing out air filter in heater/AC frequently, otherwise it just blows their dander everywhere.
I should not have mine in my bedroom, but I do. If you can keep them out and/or add an air purifier that should help.
Also, when I start having a sinus reaction I use a neti pot. Works very well for reducing congestion.
With Cats it can be more problematic, if you have good laid back cats you can wash them weekly to remove the allergens on their fur. What people are actually allergic to with them is their saliva that they bath them selves with.
There are some breeds that are much better for allergies than others (mainecoon is the first that comes to mind). Frequent vacuming w/ hepa filters, and frequently changing the filters in the heating/cooling systems. Limiting the cats to certain areas of the house, and keeping them out of the beds helps tremendously as well.