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Do You Long to Adopt a Cat, But Are Allergic to Them?

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Help for Getting a Cat Despite Your Allergy to Cats
We adopted these kittens despite allergies

Kittens Joey and Jaspurr

Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy
Although some people avoid cats because they fear or dislike them, there is some hope for those who avoid cats because of fear of allergic reactions. A lot will depend on the nature of your allergies. If yours are of the sneezing, watery eyes and running-nose variety, you may be able to build up your tolerance to cats. However, before getting a cat, you should undergo allergy testing first, particularly if you suffer from asthma. About 30-40% of children/young adults with asthma are allergic to animal dander (primarily cats). For more information, read this article from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Here is a step-by-step process for helping to control your allergy symptoms while enjoying the lifelong companionship of a cat. I have personally enjoyed a full lifetime of cats, even though I have asthma and my husband suffered from hayfever.

Yes, there is hope that you can adopt a cat, despite your allergies. However, rather than immediately immersing yourself into cats, this process will be slow and gradual, more like dipping your toe into the water first. You can liken it to the same procedure we use for introducing new cats to a family of existing cats. It is no longer considered "cool" to just toss them in and let the dust settle. For entirely different reasons involving your health, you must take on this challenge slowly.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for personal care by a licensed physician. Please see your physician for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.

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