Scooter has been in the house for a week. There have been many problems with the other three cats, but the biggest problem is that I seem to be very allergic to him. The odd thing is that I've never had allergies although for the past few years I've felt somewhat crappy on very bad allergy days.
Scooter is just about the sweetest cat I've ever known. He loves being handled and rolls over for belly rubs constantly. Just a great cat. But this is a huge problem.
I took him to the vet on Saturday because he's been making very weird noises and seems to be trying to cough up a hairball. Plus his farts could kill. Probably nothing but I wanted to check. The vet says that he's fine and gave him a deworming plus a steroid and antibiotic just in case he has some minor problem. He says that several stool samples could be negative for parasites but he could still have worms so it's best to just give the deworming gunk.
But I couldn't stand being near him. My eyes tear, my nose runs, and everything itches. I have a headache. I bought some loratadine (Claritin) and will give that a chance to work but it did nothing over the weekend. I ended up taking a lot of benadryl which helps but makes me sleepy. I couldn't sleep last night, partly because I was feeling so crappy but also because I'm agonizing about having to put Scooter out of the house. The Significant Other has no reaction at all.

He was sleeping at the foot of the bed around 1am and I picked him up and put him in the Cat Introduction Room. Almost immediately I felt better and slept the rest of the night. It might have been more benadryl kicking in but it sure seems that when he comes near I immediately have symptoms.
I'm also worried because it seems that Espy is also allergic to him. He has been sneezing a bit and acting like his sense of smell is a bit impaired (failing to locate a Temptation for instance). Can a cat be allergic to another cat?
When I left this morning he wanted to go outside so I let him go but no one will be home until around 9 PM to let him back in. It's 20F or so outside but Pretty Girl was in my backyard this morning so I know they can deal with it. Scooter does still have his heated box by the front door.
Still, I'd like to keep him in as much as possible. Well, that's the story. Does anyone have advice on how to limit allergies? I'm certainly considering getting a Hepa system but the house is rarely very clean. Still, having that run all day in the bedroom and maybe one in the living room would likely help.
My vet said to try wetting a cloth with fabric softener and rubbing that on him (wet, not a bath). He's heard that this is pretty effective in limiting allergic reactions. I tried it with a dryer sheet instead but while Scooter enjoyed it, I think I'll just do the towel with the liquid stuff tonight.
I'm also looking into getting him a home with someone else if I really have serious problems with this. He's such a good cat that he deserves a home.
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Scooter has been in the house for a week. There have been many problems with the other three cats, but ... someone else if I really have serious problems with this. He's such a good cat that he deserves a home.

I don't know, dude, you just seem to have one emergency after another. I am allergic to cats, loratidine covers it for the most part. I am not totally comfortable all the time, but it is a trade-off.
Where do you live? I am in Ohio and it has been very cold over the weekend. I noticed that my husband and I AND our kitty were sneezing - apparently from the dry air in the house. Today it warmed to 20 something and we aren't sneezing.
I think I would try giving the kitty a bath - either yourself, or the groomer. See if that doesn't help.
I am and have always been allergic to cats, but I don't let that stop having them!
dgk,
His solicitousness seems oriented to an abdominal problem he knows he has but can't do anything about. He's telling you his stomach hurts.

Other cats know when one of them has parasites. It sounds like you have a good vet. Give the vet time to do his thing.
If Claritin doesn't work, try another anti-allergin.

If you don't want him, get him healthy, then find someone who does.

Allan

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If Claritin doesn't work, try another anti-allergin.

Zyrtec (sp) might work. Also, rince your face and eyes often with cool water. Taking a shower helps too. I imagine with the other impediments in the house, Scooter is history, though.
Where do you live? I am in Ohio and it has been very cold over the weekend. I noticed that ... that doesn't help. I am and have always been allergic to cats, but I don't let that stop having them!

Very good point. My house is extremely dry these last couple of weeks and I've been miserable. I finally got out the humidifier tonight and already feel better. Humidity in my house was at 22% tonight. That's horrible. It's finally up over 30% now. I think you may be on to something if dgk doesn't have a humidifier. Even my sensitive teeth have been suffering. Dentist today and they couldn't find anything on the xrays and my web searches found that dehydration can cause sensitivity in teeth. Weird, huh.
Dentist today and they couldn't find anything on the xrays and my web searches found that dehydration can cause sensitivity in teeth. Weird, huh.

Which brings us to another way to help allergies drink more.
I have been running a humidifier for the last month. I keep it at 55 percent. I have to add about a gallon a day to the humidifier,
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Dentist today and they couldn't find anything on the xrays and my web searches found that dehydration can cause sensitivity in teeth. Weird, huh.

Which brings us to another way to help allergies drink more.

I did have the humidifier on last night and today and perhaps it helps.
I wouldn't mind having to take Claritin or something if that will make it pretty much go away.Yesterday I took a lorawhatever (Claritin), Actifed, and benadryl and I really did feel better but I can't do that long term.
My understanding is that it takes a while for Claritin to work so it may be ok by itself. I'm seeing my doctor today to see what he says.
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