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All this info is really helpful guys, thanks.

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When my step-son was a child and was under the care of National Jewish Hosp. for his asthma and allergies, he was tested for various allergic reactions to dogs, horses, etc., they did not test for cats because they determined that cats are so highly individualistic a person might be allergic to a particular cat but not to another. They said they would have to test each cat he was in contact with. I believe this to be true as far as kittens vs cats. I've had allergic reactions to kitten fur but not to cats. Maybe there is a chance your granddaughter will become more tolerant when they mature into cats.


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When my step-son was a child and was under the care of National Jewish Hosp. for his asthma and allergies, he was tested for various allergic reactions to dogs, horses, etc., they did not test for cats because they determined that cats are so highly individualistic a person might be allergic to a particular cat but not to another. They said they would have to test each cat he was in contact with. I believe this to be true as far as kittens vs cats. I've had allergic reactions to kitten fur but not to cats. Maybe there is a chance your granddaughter will become more tolerant when they mature into cats.


That actually makes a lot of sense. I know there are certain cats that I can tolerate and some that I can't. I've noticed that black cats are more tolerable than orange and white tabbies for me.

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When we lived in the flats we had a vet that was allergic to cats. When I asked her how she could practice, she said that she could work with indoor cats without any problems but that her partners had to take care of the outdoor and indoor/outdoor kitties. She couldn't handle the additional allergens that the outdoor guys brought in.

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do you have a vacuum cleaner that has a hose on it?
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My boys love to be vacuumed now.. they hear it turn on and out they run and flop over...

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I am allergic to my cats, but I take Alegra and use nasal irrigation and vacuum the boys... a warm washcloth is a great idea as it helps keep the dander down (that's what causes the response).


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Just adding to my cat tolerance information....my cats are strictly indoor cats, and all the homes I clean that have cats have indoor cats. I run two ionic breeze air cleaners, when i vacuum, it's with a Dyson with a hepa filter and the cats are fed high quality food, (Wellness and Chicken Soup) and we use a low dust scoopable litter. As Natalie's post points out, these things make a huge difference in shed factors and environmental factors when living with cats. Natalie I know where there is a nice healthy black male kitten that really needs a good home.


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My boys love to be vacuumed now.. they hear it turn on and out they run and flop over...



I am allergic to my cats, but I take Alegra and use nasal irrigation and vacuum the boys... a warm washcloth is a great idea as it helps keep the dander down (that's what causes the response).


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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.


Are you guys talking about the cats or the kids? :hugegrin: :rof laughing:


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Both! :hugegrin:

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Just an update about the kitty allergies.

Looks like my gdaughter is building a tolerance to the kitties.
We've been very diligent about washing her hands and changing her shirts if she holds them and she seems to be doing a lot better. She's a lot less reactive to them now. Less sneezing and her eyes aren't even getting puffy anymore.
Yeah....looks like we get to keep the babies. :multi: :multi: :multi:

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YAY, I'm so excited for you and your daughter!!!!! :multi: :multi:


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