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Post Posted: Jul 16, 2007 11:12 am 
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Just thought I'd share our newest family members with you all. They are almost 4 months old and soooo cute and well mannered. 1 boy and 2 girls, Merlin, Magic and Mystic.

Sad thing is that my 2 year old granddaughter is highly allergic to them, she handles them oh so gently, but talk about itchy red eyes and sneezing. Even though we keep them outside (for those who worry, we crate them at night in the shed) and she now knows not to handle them, she still has a reaction to them from us playing with them. We've tried Dimetapp allergy, but rather not dope her up. Any suggestions (other than giving them away) on how we can help the little one deal with them naturally?

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I am an owner of three cats and do not have an allergy. I would hate to see you give your kitties away. They are sooo adorable!

My suggestion would be to talk with your doctor. They may have something that would help her tremendously.

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No suggestions, sorry, but they are SO cute!


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Talk to your vet about this allergy remedy. I did before I decided to adopt and he said it was safe for the cat. Fortunately I was able to develop immunity by limiting my access in the beginning, although highly allergic to cats.

http://www.catcaresociety.org/allergies.html

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My daugher is highly allergic to dogs, cats, horses, etc. She has been getting allergy shots for years and is still getting them. I think this is your only solution.


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Allergy shots nearly cured me of dog and cat allergies. I could not tolerate any pets other than my own (I had built up immunity to them) - I would sneeze and cry and wheeze despite medications - until I went through a couple years of allergy shots. I was "cured" so well that I was able to work closely with animals for nearly a year in a vet's office without taking any medication and now only sneeze if fur gets IN my nose.


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We did talk to the pediatrician's nurse about this and her advise was "get rid of the cats". :boom:

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I had a sensitivity to animal fur for years but it didn't prevent me having pets. I eventually developed a tolerance to my own pets, good thing too, I am not giving them up. When I clean a new home or a home owner gets a new pet, I start to have difficulty but eventually get through it. Hand washing is key, keeping hands away from eyes and nose helps. When it's really bad I use the Similasan for allergy eyes. I am better when I avoid dairy products and drink LOTS of water. If these are new kitties, she may eventually develop a tolerance.


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You might want to consider talking to an allergy Doctor. All general docs told me I couldn't have cats. When I got tested for allergies I reacted faster and more severe to dogs than cats. I owned a dog at the time and wasn't having any problems. She said it's because I am around the dog all the time. Then when I got my cat, she was semi-feral and wouldn't come to me much, I could play with for about 5 min at a time, then I had to wash my hands and change my shirt. After about 6 months she was sleeping by my head without any problems on my part. Now I'm fostering both cats and dogs, I only notice a problem when I bring a new animal home.

I know it can't be easy to make a decision either way. The method from the Cat Care Society page is not expensive or harmful to the cats and you should notice whether it will help within a short period of time.

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After all these posts I feel as though I can post my information on this...

You will have to make the kitties indoor kitties, you will have to bathe them at least once a month during allergy season and once every other month during the winter. You will have to feed them a high quality food (you can't by a the Super Market) to keep their coats healthy and dander free. You will have to use high quality kitty litter in their box that is scent free and low dust. Take a trip to Healthy Pet or Busters, talk to them. There are products that you can bathe your kitties with that will reduce allergies in people.

Keeping them outside keeps their fur full of dust, and pollen. That could also be adding to the allergic reaction, keeping them in your home allows more exposure to them in a clean environment and keeps you close to the sink so that your Granddaughter can wash her hands right after she handles them. Although, if the kitties are a trigger for Asthma, then the advice your Ped Nurse gave you is the best. In which case I will take the black kitty for a gift to my Niece. :)

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I second Natalie. My son is allergic to our kitty- He has gotten to the point where he enjoys being rubbed down with a warm, damp washcloth. You'll also want to vacuum frequently and get an air purifier. There is a product called Allerpet that you can put on the cat- we've never used it as the above steps work for us.

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