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.