I had allergies to my cats when I was little. I eventually got used to the cat that lived inside with us, but I wasn't around our outside cats enough and they made me break out. When I got Boots, I let him in my room, on my bed, let him lick me and rub on me and after a few weeks, I was fine! My roommate doesn't let him in her room and she still sneezes if he gets too close. If he scratches me, my skin gets puffy and itchy around the scratch mark, but other than that, he's fine! I'd try to get used to your kitty first, and then, if you need to, try all the Claritin and not letting him in the bedroom and all that jazz. I tried to "just get used to" the family dog, though, and he still makes me miserable. It's different for everyone...you just have to test different things and see how well you tolerate them.