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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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My girlfriend developed allergies to our cats about a year after we adopted them. They've gotten worse over time. Her nose gets blocked, she sneezes like crazy, and is occasionally short of breath.

Anyone had the same experience and found a good solution? Thank you.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 04:38 PM
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I have some allergies to my cats and have found that an air purifier really helps, as well as constant vacuuming and keeping the cats brushed. In some cases, people shave their long-haired cats to reduce the amount of hair. Not letting your cats on the furniture or in the bedroom may also help with your girlfriend's allergies.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 01:15 AM
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I have talked to some office people, who work for animal welfare organizations, who say there would be no way they can get through the day without an air purifier because of their allergies. As Hippyhart said you might want to try a purifier and try to keep up on the cleaning. Although there are always medications but who wants to go down that road.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 05:25 AM
 
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I use Singulair and Clarinex together to help relieve allergies. This is usually only in the springtime since I have a lot of things blooming around my house. Mine aren't only from the cats, but I do get plugged up if I spend a lot of time with them all over me. I've found that brushing them outside, vaccuuming a lot, and washing bedding in hot water frequently (with bleach if you can) helps drastically.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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which air filter

Thank you for the responses.

We do vacuum a fair bit, and I will try to restrict their access to the bedroom during the day to reduce the amount of hair there (not a chance of doing it at night--sammy'd wake us up at 5 by scratching at the door).

Can you recommend an air filter?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 11:48 AM
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I think some people on here use the Ionic Breeze from the Sharper Image, but it costs like $300. I bought a Honeywell from Best Buy for about $100 that has worked well for me -- I run it all day long in my office (work at home) and have noticed a major reduction in sneezing and runny noses.

Honeywell

The only thing I recommend is you buy one that doesn't require replacement filters.
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