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cat allergies - Any suggestions?

YMS_1975
September 4th, 2005, 02:10 AM
Hi guys/gals....

I've been reading the threads and I've got a question about cats and allergies that I just couldn't find an answer to.

Ok....I've recently developed allergies to my cat (don't ask me how, God only knows).

Since then I purchased a Honeywell 50200 Round Room Hepa AIR Cleaner, and I bought (and applied it to my cat) a bottle of Allerpet /C (for cats).
I also started adding "Shed-X" (from a company called "SynergyLabs") to her food to control shedding, and I brush her coat almost everyday to pick up loose hairs. Come October 7, I will be taking allergy shots as well to combat my newfound allergy(ies).

But for now, I'm still experiencing major allergy symptoms (sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness all over, etc.). Giving up my cat is NOT an option. Any other avenues I might be overlooking?

Please.....any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I'm dying here.

:(

BMDLuver
September 4th, 2005, 10:00 AM
Do you have carpeting in your home? Carpet is one of the first things that need to go if you still have some and are able to remove it.

Lucky Rescue
September 4th, 2005, 10:58 AM
Giving up my cat is NOT an option.
Wow. I think that's a first here! Nice to hear this.:)

Have you been tested to find out exactly what is causing the allergic reaction?

If you have and it's definitely the cat, the shots you are going to get should help considerably. In the meantime, you might try taking an over-the-counter allergy remedy.

Also as BMDluver mentioned, carpets hold all kinds of nasty stuff and often are a source of allergies.

Keeping your cat out of your bedroom may help as well.

CyberKitten
September 4th, 2005, 01:20 PM
I am assuming you have seen an allergist and have good meds?

Also, you might bathe your cat once a week - easier if you have been doing it since she was a kitten I know! You can also buy pet wipes or you or someone else can rub your cat's fur every day with distilled water on a sponge.

Also, have her groomed regularly by someone else now that you cannot do it. Agree re carpeting and also if she sleeps with you, you may have to find another place for her , her own bed maybe?

This web site offers a good list:

http://www.catcaresociety.org/allergies.htm

I wish you the best - I am so happy to hear you love your kitty enough to work this out.

StaceyB
September 4th, 2005, 01:40 PM
Though controlling shedding is great it will do nothing to help with allergies. It is the dander not the hair. Regular daily brushing will help but bathing your cat too often won't.
Have you actually had an allergy test done to confirm this? How old is the cat? Do you have allergies to other things? Does your cat go outdoors?
It seems strange that you would develop an allergy to your cat unless you already had the allergy to cats before you got him, usually the opposite happens.

YMS_1975
September 5th, 2005, 06:38 AM
....to all of your replies.

Well....for starters, yes I am taking over the-counter meds. I'm taking Reactine Extra Strength once a day. Also, I do bathe her maybe.....1 per week. BUT...I've stopped taking them. I have to stop taking them for like 1 whole month (according to my allergy specialist it'll help in preparing a formula for my weekly allergy shots if I don't take any allergy meds). Keep in mind, the allergy(ies) symptom/s started before I stopped taking my allergy medication.

She's NOT allowed in the bedroom(s), never has been. I realize that brushing her hair won't really help with the allergy(ies) but do so just to keep her clean (and the house). Hmmmmm.....now that I think about it, I don't know why I even mentioned that part in my original post. Go figure. :sorry:

As far as it being the season for allergy sufferers in Ontario, yeah....I've considered it. But I've never been this bad, and when I hold her now I start with uncontrollable sneezing fits (NEVER happened before).

marko
September 5th, 2005, 07:09 AM
FYI - as a serious allergy sufferer, I and many other allergy sufferers I have spoken to say that this is one of the worst end of summer allergy seasons ever.

I have been sneezing like a fiend for the past 15 - 20 days - and I know it has nothing to with my cats which I'm also seriously allergic to.

For me it is the seasonal ragweed thing...

Just something to consider...

badger
September 5th, 2005, 07:15 AM
I have met people who have their cats shaved a couple of times a year because of allergies. I know it sounds extreme, but if the shots don't work for you, it might be somethng to consider.

StaceyB
September 5th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Brushing will help control dander to some degree. Shaving a cat won't do anything because it is not the hair but the dander. If you are seeing an allergist they will have to test you to find out what you are allergic to before a shot can be given.
Does your cat go outside? It would be possible that he/she has collected allergens on its hair.

glasslass
September 5th, 2005, 07:34 PM
You might also ask your doctor about Singulair. It's prescribed for people with allergies and hay-fever, but it's also prescribed for asthma, which I have. It's been wonderful for me, along with a couple medications I take to help prevent inflammation. I haven't needed to use my nebulizer in over 2 weeks. There is so much now that doctors can do.