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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-26-2016, 12:59 AM
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Understand that an allergy is the immune system's response to a new thing. You might acclimate to your cat. My BFF was severely allergic to cats and could not spend any time in my house. Over the years, she was able to sit with my cat on her lap and later adopted one (or 12) of her own.

Take OTC medication for your symptoms, have someone else (if you can) vacuum or sweep cat hair daily. You might be ok.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2016, 11:15 PM
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hi there Miauw.

i too am allergic to cats. when i first got my Mocha, it was 3 months of non-stop allergies all day and all night. I admit i do still get allergies with her but it isnt as severe: now i get off-on runny nose, itchy eyes only if i smother my face on her or pet her too

I agree with librarychick especially about feeding right food. I notice my allergies are best when I feed her the right food. The 'best' food so far i've tried is grain-free Canidae, and i have tried grain free merrick, grain free purina one etc. I think different grain free food brands have different results so give it at least a
month to see what works best.

I also posted the exact same problem as you did here at catforum:
Himikitty's advice on salmon fish oil helped me so much that about 2 weeks, I felt almost back to normal. Try it. Pet stores should have salmon oil dosed just right for cats (human salmon pills is too much). i did it for about a month or two and it was bye-bye to severe allergies. Nowadays, I do not give Mocha these pills regularly as I think her food is has some fish oil, too.

good luck and update us. Hope this works. I *understand* so much what you are going through.
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Hi Madie,

Thank you for replying, i just looked up for Salmon oil if it was available in my country and it is.
Never heard of it actually, but definitely going to try it. I will post an update if it gets any better.

Thanks again for your reply
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Hi Doodlebug,

I looked it up and Claritin and Zyrtec are available in my country.
Thanks for mentioning those, i'm going to go to a nearby pharmacy tomorrow and have some more information regarding the Claritin and Zyrtec.
If those two don't work for you, you might want to try fexofenadine. (The most common brand name for it is Allegra, but I wouldn't bother to get the name brand; it's expensive and the generic is just as good.) For my ragweed allergy, loratadine and cetirizine don't help much but fexofenadine does the trick. All three are good but different people seem to respond better to different meds.

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We knew we both had cat allergies before getting cats again and have dealt with the respiratory problems before. Then I started getting hives anywhere that came in contact with my longhaired cat shortly after she's been licking her fur. I've been taking zyrtec and it mostly works. My only problem is the hives respond to heat so hot showers or heavy blankets cause them to itch. If I scratch them open they do not just go away when the allergen is gone. I end up with groups of itchy, bug bite looking dots until the skin heals.
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Claritin, nasacort, and flonase all work great for my mom with her allergies!
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Ask your Doctor if you can also take Benadryl, along with your regular Zyrtec!
The Benadryl, may very well help the 'hives' effect!
Just a thought!

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