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Lest Ye Misunderstand

I have received several comments re: Buddha along the lines of "who are you kidding, you know you're gonna keep him" or "you know you want to adopt him" or what-have-you, not just from LJ but IRL as well, like I'm somehow pretending that I don't want him around or something.

Nothing could be further from the truth! One of the things we were hoping on when we bought the house was that we might be able to get a cat. The problem was/is/continues to be one of my allergies. If that obstacle wasn't there, we would have simply scooped him in the first day we moved in and been done with it. I suspect that people who don't have animal allergies don't realize just how gawdawful they are, nor how much it pains me to have to avoid cats and dogs.

But even with the Claritin I'm having the occasional burning eyes and a major case of cough-n-sniffles. I'm hoping that if I can tough it out for a while, my system will get over it -- but I also have to acknowledge the possibility that it might not ever happen, in which case we won't be able to keep Buddha, even though we would dearly love to. I'll be quite sad if that turns out to be the case, but I can't spend the next decade hacking my lungs out.

-The Gneech



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May. 5th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Can he be an outside cat? :P

Ask ilthuain how he copes.. his wife got a sphynx because she wanted a cat and he was allergic, but now they also have a short haired black cat..
May. 5th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Buddha's FIV positive, so making him an outdoor cat might not be a good idea.
May. 6th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Outdoor pets almost defeat the purpose anyway. What good is an animal companion that you keep outside all the time? And yeah, I'll second that it's not a good idea to put a cat with FIV out where it could have contact with other cats.

May. 5th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
You may also want to see about Flonase or Zyrtec for your allergies. Claritin doesn't work for me at all anymore but Flonase helped me survive the Green Deluge of pollen that is springtime in Atlanta.

It might help you cope better with cat dander.

May. 5th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
I used to use Claritin, good stuff but I find most antihistamines make me drowsy, went through 5 or so to find one that worked but didn't make me sleep 14 hours a day, I use Citerizine now which is non sedating.

Your reaction sounds like my hay fever back when it was really bad and I spent three months of the year indoors hiding from the pollen. I have the utmost sympathy for your situation, but then my hay fever has become much more mild in the last few years, hopefully your allergy will do the same.

-Canis Rufus

May. 5th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
I can relate, believe me. I LOVE cats, and would dearly love to have one around; Quel loves them more than I do, but adamantly refuses to get one, because every time we spend a few hours over at a cat-owning friend's place, I am at the very least snuffly and occasionally downright miserable.

It varies from cat to cat. I'd only been slightly affected by my stepdaughter's cat -- until we spent an evening over at tugrik's place, right after susandeer and her cats joined HIS feline menagerie. Five different felines assaulting my immune system at once left me miserable for DAYS -- and for a couple of weeks after that, my stepdaughter's cat would instantly set me off, too.

I take Claritin as-needed, and it does okay-but-not-amazing. I took daily antihistimines all through my childhood and adolescence, and it's not something I'd want to go back to now that my allergies are largely under control without meds -- not when I'm taking a battery of other pills for various Middle Aged Guy conditions.

But I wanna kitty.
May. 5th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
The thing of it is, if you're around your own cat, your body will acclimate, and you won't be allergic to that particular cat.

May. 5th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Better get a Sphynx... My partner and I are actually looking at getting one, because he can't stand cat-hair.
May. 5th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
You ma not be able to keep Buddha, but if you get a kitten and bath it regularly, you can clear a lot of the dander and loose hair that sets off allergies. The trick is to start early in the cat's life so it gets use to and enjoys being bathed. Try and give Buddha a bath and you have a chance of being called "Stumpy" thereafter.
May. 5th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thou usedeth "ye" in a grammatical correct nominative manner. ^_^
May. 5th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
*patpats* Allergies suck so I can completely understand how bad it is. As a side note, Claritin doesn't do anything for me and my Allegro isn't doing as much as it used to back a few years ago.

May. 5th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
The suggestions of outdoor cat or short-haired are both good ideas. Please forgive my earlier insensetivity; I forget, being as I am blessed with no allergies, how bad a himalayan's shedding can be.

Have the best

May. 5th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
I have cat and dog allergies (along with allergies to most pollens, molds, and dust mites... *grumble*), yet have two cats here. Allegra works better for me than Claratin, but you have to get a perscription for it in the US (or get someone to smuggle some over from Canada!). They also prescribed Flonase and an eye-drop. The flonase is godsent, but I rarely need the eye drops, since my allergies usually manifest them in my nasal passages.

Just remember, "better living through chemistry." :>

May. 6th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about that. My older brother used to be allergic to nearly everything (he was a preemie). But now he has a huge dog indoors, as well as a snake and a couple of kids. I don't know what he's on, but it seems to work.

But what, exactly, are you allergic to? The dandruff, or something else?
May. 6th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
Bottom line is if it's your health, or the cat. (and no to sound cold, but this is just how it is), You first, every time. No matter how you feel about the cat, your health is more important. Your body MIGHT adjust, but it also might not. I've seen a few people mention giving him a good bath, that might help. it also might be flea powder if it was used on him. I used to think that I was alergic to cats for a long time, but it turns out I was only alergic to flea powder. (I'm sensative to chemicals in general) Just a thought, some of the flea killers that we use on animals are pretty noxious to people as well.
May. 6th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
I don't see any reason you should make yourself miserable and ill, even for a fluff-ball like Buddha. It's possible that you could get used to the dander but it's also far more possible that you wouldn't.

I got lucky; my allergy to cats and dogs is minimal and unless they get right in my face, I'm unaffected. Not everyone is so lucky and for those folks, it's pure hell...not only because they can't have a pet but because those allergies HURT.

I know you'll do what needs to be done and find a good home for him if you can't keep him.
May. 6th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
One thing to try
Look at Buddha's diet. My friend had a cat that set my alergy off and then he change the brand of food he was feeding the cat and it effected me a LOT less then before.

May. 7th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
another tactic

when i was diagnosed with multiple sensitivities/intolerances/allergies, the allergy specialist I saw explained it like this:

your immune system is like a bucket. everything you are exposed to that you are sensitive to adds a certain amount of content to that bucket. expose yourself to too many, and the bucket overflows - you have symptoms.

if you are aware of any other allergies/intolerances that you have, you could try decreasing your exposure to them, in order to increase the "wiggle" room you have for exposure to the cat.

Of the 20 possible allergens i was tested for, I reacted positively to 19. Most strongly to dustmites, soy and wheat, less so to milk and other grains, fairly strongly to cats, dogs and horses, etc.

since decreasing my exposure to soy, wheat, milk, and dustmites, my ability to tolerate dogs, cats (and probably horses) has increased. or perhaps more accurately, the decrease in the general level of my immune-system bucket has allowed me greater exposure to cats and dogs without an overflow reaction.

ymmv, but it's one possibility that you might consider.
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