Can you have a cat in the house if you are allergic?

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Can you have a cat in the house if you are allergic?
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:32pm

Can you have a cat live in the house if you are allergic to cats? My husband is allergic but our son needs a place for his cat to live (divorce) so we are thinking of taking it in for a while but not sure how it can be done.

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:49pm

How bad are you husband's reactions? If they are slight reactions, maybe benedryl would help for a short amount of time. If his reactions are severe, I'd definitely have him check with his doctor beforehand.

I have a friend who didn't know she was allergic to dogs until her husband gave her one as a surprise. In a few days, she started having reactions, not too severe but enough to make her uncomfortable. She want to the doctor and they finally surmised she was allergic to pet hair and dog dander but she was so in love with the pup by then, she opted to try a series of allergy shots. That helped a lot and she was able to keep the pooch. But since this is a temporary visit, your hubby may not want to go that route.

Good luck and hope it all turns out well for your son, his cat and the two of you!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2007
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 3:16pm
It may also help, since its for a (hopefully) short period, some extra housecleaning may keep his reaction down. Keep the cat out of your bedroom (may have to keep the door shut 24/7), vacuum daily or every other day, and maybe think about getting an air filter (or be sure to replace your filters in the AC/heating more often while kitty is with you). This would probably be on top of a daily anti-histamine. HTH some and good luck to your DS for a peaceful divorce.
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 12:34pm

I do --- and I'm seriously allergic. Oddly enough, not to MY cats! I think it's a matter of acclimation. 

When we had to put our cats in quarantine when moving to London, we were away from them for six months, except for weekend evisits, adn my eyes were running adn my nose was running adn I was sneezing after every visit. Once they moved in with us, after about six week, no more allergic reactions!

BUT, we had a freind with cats and dogs and I couldn't NOT go into thier house without puffing up like a baloon!

I think constant exposure to my cats resulted in a reduction of allergic reaction to THOSE SPECIFIC cats... but not to all cats.


iVillage Member
Registered: 08-31-2002
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 5:55pm

Some of the advice you have been give is absolutely correct and I would like to build upon it. So here are some additional thoughts.

1)  Do not let the cat sleep with either of you.  Cats groom at all hours of the night and their slava often is what triggers allergies.  So kitty sleeps in his/her own bed.

2) If the cat will let you, bathe it to free it from all the extra fur shedding.  Then comb it out to remove the extra fur that flies around your home.  This will stop the itchy eyes that goes with the clouds of cat fur.  Bathing a cat can be an exciting experience and yes you do need your 10 fingers when this is done, so do be careful with these critters.

Here is a link that may give you some help with this issue, but the bottom line is that this is not a great idea for your husband's best interests unfortunately.

Hope this helps