Written by Mama of Princess, Cookie and Monkey, who suffers from chronic asthma but never ever given up on her babies. Follow them here.
Living with cat-llergies
I see a number of posts about giving up pets because of allergies. I wanted to share that it is really manageable if you are willing to make minor lifestyle changes for them.
My daily routine now includes:
- Pumping my inhaler as a preventative measure every day and night (I would have to do this anyway because of asthma)
- Take antihistamine everyday
- Nose flush when needed
- Washing face and hands after play time and stroking sessions
- Shower after an intense cuddle session
- Brush kitty’s fur (with a mask on)
It’s not difficult. It’s things I would do anyway, just a lot more hand and face washing, which is what we do in these covid times anyway.
Of course, this isn’t a foolproof solution. I have days where my allergies take over, but only if my baby girl wants a super long cuddle session, and she doesn’t cuddle often so I indulge in it. But it is very manageable. I’ve gone weeks without any allergic reactions.
Some people recommend having a cat free bedroom. I tried it too for a little while and it does help. But I love cuddling with my girl so that’s out of the question for me. Instead, I go out for a walk if I feel like I need to be away from allergens for awhile. I also have air purifiers in almost every room. I had them even before my cats since the air quality isn’t great here.
I recently got my second cat and boy, did those allergies flare up. But again, it is about experimenting with antihistamines and doses (with a doctor of course), washing hands and face, and showering more. The plus side, I’m always clean and smelling good from the number of showers I take a day now.
BTW, the article was written when Mama got Cookie from the street after adopting Princess from a shelter. Now, there are 3 already haha. Monkey is a blind cat and she was adopted from a vet clinic.
If you are considering adopting a cat but worrying about your allergies, consult with your doctor first. Most of the time, it is manageable but sometimes, we just have to look at them from afar.