In the next month I am going to be moveing in with my boyfriend. I will be bringing my dogs but my cats will have to stay with my Mom, because his son is apparently allergic to cats. I have no experience with these types of allergies. Apparently his face can swell if he touches the cat and then his face. I am devestated to say the least to leave them behind. Does anyone out there have experience with this kind of allergic reaction? Does keeping the cats clean make a difference?Like bathing them before the exposure. I am sure that every situation is different, and with each child. Does anyone have a Rex cat, with sensitive allergies in the house, does it help??
I can tell you that my friend who is allergic to them will react no matter if they are bathed regularly or not. His allergies have lessoned over time, but he still has to be careful. If he pets the cat and touches his face it will swell and itch, his eyes will swell shut if he touches them after, and he starts haveing breathing problems the minute he walks in the door.
The most common allergic reaction is asthma. I was at a seminar about asthma - the audience were medical doctors and the message was - tell your asthmatic patients to get rid of their cats ! It was plain and simple - that asthmatics and cats can't live together. Many do of course, but end up using a lots of puffers to cope. I think the allergy to cats is so strong that it should be respected. I certainly understand your reluctance to live without your cats.....maybe finding a new boyfriend would actually be easier. :)
I have a slight allergy to cats, but I own 3. I can tolerate my long hair and medium hair cats just fine... but my short hair is the worst. He makes me sneeze and his hair drives me insane. He seems to shed more than the other two. But I've coped and we've had him almost 9 yrs now.
I don't think I could find someone else that I love the way I love him. So I will make the most of the situation. My mother would rather the three cats stayed together. But I was going to take one at least. I thought maybe someone had a Rex cat, perhaps that could be an option in the future. I will file for joint custody of the cats and take them every other weekend, when the kids are not there , he he:)
i have asthma, it is not that bad but it does bother me during allergy season, i am also allergic to some dogs and my asthma will bother me then. for my allergies it depends on the dog, right now i am dogsitting a golden (which i thought i would be allergic to) he is asleep on my bed and i haven't realy had a reaction.
i apparently was allergic to cats when i was a baby, but i ended up fine after a little bit of time, i have 5 now. i have to agree with riley, short hair cats are a bit harder to take, i find my short hair cat sheds about 4 times as much as my long hair. now if your bf's son is very allergic i doubt it will make a difference if the cat is long or short hair. he probably wouldn't even be able to be in the house where the cats have been.
my neighbour that i catsit for has a cornish rex. she is allergic to cats and is able to live with sassy. i don't know to what degree her allergics are but i know that she is also asthmatic and if i remember right they were pretty bad.