i want a pet cat but im worried that due to my asthma i wont be able to get a pet cat since i have had asthma since the day i was born, but now im 16 years old and i havent had any asthma attacks in a while and im not sure wat type of pet is good for me im hoping a cat would make a great pet for me wat pet is do u think is good for me,im not sure if my parents would let me have a cat so wat should i do any suggestions?
Do you have a good friend that has a cat? If so, maybe you can spend a weekend staying at their house and see how you react around their cat. Also, you could see what's involved in taking care of a cat. You could also volunteer at a shelter for a while to see what taking care of cats can be like.
Excellent advice from M13Lucky! PLEASE expose yourself to someone else's cat for a prolonged period before you get one of your own. It's not worth the heartbreak of having to get rid of the kitty if you find out that you are allergic. Asthmatic allergic reactions to cats can be very bad and dangerous. My husband was very allergic and was losing lung capacity from trying to live with my cats (which I had before we met)and I eventually had to send the kitties to live with my Mom when his doctor insisted that they had to go. Cats are more likely to cause allergies than dogs because they lick themselves to clean constantly. It's the dried saliva that causes the dander that people are allergic to. Your house can be spotless and you can keep the kitty clean and brushed, bathed, etc. but if you're allergic, nothing will help. It actually took him a couple of years to get that bad from his allergies so it may not even show up right away. I'm happy to say that 4 years after my divorce, I finally have a new kitty in my life. But she loves to cuddle close to my face and tries to sleep on my pillow so a kitty allergy is not one that's easy to live with. Don't put yourself through it and risk having to send the kitty to a shelter. (PS. If my Mom didn't take the cats, I would have sent the husband away before I would have given up my kitties.)Also,cats are a long term comittment. At 16 you may be going off to college in a year or so. You have to consider who will take care of the kitty then, so your family definitely needs to be in on this decision.