I am no longer allergic to individual cats, but 4 cats seem to set me off (I think it's an emotional thing--more like a phobia than an allergy, IYKWIM!)
Since my seasonal allergies have completely disappeared, would it be reasonable to assume that my allergy to cats has also, or has at least been diminished? Anyone w/ experience on this?
No local friends w/ cats to test this out, I usually have to be overnight in a place to know. We've had a mouse problem the last couple of years (I think my downstairs neighbor feeds them, horrified that I put out traps) and I wouldn't mind getting a decent mouser around here.
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Teh husband has experienced this since going Paleo (and he's uber strict due to GI issues). He is allergic to cats, dogs and dust (mites). My parents have cats and previously he had been unable to spend more than a few hours in the house due to allergies, maybe double that with medication (that he hates no matter how much it swears there are no side effects). We just got back from a 4-day trip where we slept there! :O We also spent 4 days in a dusty, cat-filled house a few months ago and he did great! I feel like a tent revival preacher, but it's been practically miraculous. He's not 100%, but it's so much better than it has ever been, even with medication.
Hopefully this is your experience as well!
A good friend of mine's mother has about twenty three indoor cats and a few more that hang around outdoors. In her defense she does a great job of keeping up after then as much as you can when you have that many. My friend is allergic to cats and can't be in her house for very long at all before he starts having trouble breathing. Just walking by her place would most likely be an acid test for you.
Go to a pet shelter for an hour or so. The sheer numbers would likely make up for the lack of time.
Also, if you are looking for a cat, there are a few hypo-allergenic breeds, (Maine coon, perhaps?)
Also also, I have two. Do you want to come over and play (Cleveland Circle area)?
My sesonal allergies went away withing a few days of going primal. My cat allergies (my only other allergies) continue on though...
Doesn't help for allergies with someone else's cat but...I feed my cat a raw diet (meat/bones/organs) and many others who do claim that the cat no longer causes symptoms in people allergic to cats. I don't know anyone with cat allergies to test my cat with. Her coat is *so* much softer and less greasy than when I first adopted her as a kibble-fed shelter ward, and she doesn't shed as much.
Going to a shelter is a good idea. Also you might get more information about whether the cat would be a good mouser if you adopt an older one from a shelter/local person rather than pet store or kitten. Some just don't take to it.
Both of our cats are mousers. They do a lot of torturing though. One turns them inside out (I kid you not), the other likes to disable them as much as possible, and SOMETIMES eats everything but the tail.
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