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After all this, my allergies have re-awakened. Severely. I'm already on allergy medication. My neighbor will take her in, but says she will declaw her on day one. So I don't want that. But I won't be able to live all winter this miserable.Mitch,

Regarding allergies, I hope that you will not give up until you try the suggestions made elsewhere on this post. Meanwhile, please print out the declaw information you saw earlier and show it to your neighbor so that she will understand what the procedure is and why it is not only cruel, but is also unnecessary.
Annie
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...animal dander allergies can be successfully treated without removing the source of the allergen. Not rocket science, no voodoo involved. Anyone who has had the allergy tests and swelled at the site where cat dander was introduced can take medicine to counter the effects.

The point, subpoint, and any other point is that you are stating that all allergies to cat dander are magically controlled by medication. I have not read that in any journal nor did my allergy doc - who was last seen 10 days ago - disclose that to me. We talk turkey (allergy related advancements each visit). If he doesn't know of this magical development, then you certainly don't have the accurate info.
After all this, my allergies have re-awakened. Severely. I'm already on allergy medication. My neighbor will take her in, but says she will declaw her on day one. So I don't want that. But I won't be able to live all winter this miserable.

Mitch, it's clear you're not a cat-lover. If you're truly a cat-lover, you wouldn't complain about a trivial thing such as severe allergies. Suck it up. Get good HEPA air filter and air purifiers (prepare to initally spend about $500 for the really good ones plus about $70 for filter changes every 6 months or so).
After all this, my allergies have re-awakened. Severely. I'm already ... I won't be able to live all winter this miserable.

Mitch, it's clear you're not a cat-lover. If you're truly a cat-lover, you wouldn't complain about a trivial thing such as severe allergies. Suck it up.

Heh. You are my kinda guy. What's a little suffering in the name of love? I SLEEP with one of my cats. I would sleep with both of them, but they are territorial with one another. Sometimes, when I just cannot help it, I bury my face in Cheeky's fur and kiss her tummy and roll all around with her and her toys. Then I get into the shower to wash away most of the allergens before I swell up.
circa Sat, 06 Dec 2003 13:58:37 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, (Email Removed) (Email Removed) said,
After all this, my allergies have re-awakened. Severely. I'm already on allergy medication.

Then change the environment, and not by ditching the cat. Try different medications. Vacuum frequently. Get rid of carpeting. Get HEPA filters. Seal the mattress and pillows you sleep on with anti- allergen coverings. Wipe the kitty down with a damp washcloth weekly, or even daily.
I am severely allergic to cats, and I've still managed to live my whole life having them. The benefits I receive from my cats FAR outweigh the work of managing my allergies.
I think I'm going to go take a nap with my cats now.

Laura

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Then change the environment, and not by ditching the cat. Try different medications. Vacuum frequently. Get rid of carpeting. Get ... and start trying allergy meds. Keep the cat out of the room you sleep in also helped our allergy kid.

Sherry
Mitch, it's clear you're not a cat-lover. If you're truly a cat-lover, you wouldn't complain about a trivial thing such ... initally spend about $500 for the really good ones plus about $70 for filter changes every 6 months or so).

Says someone who declaws to save his furniture.

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Either you want the cat or you don't. I'm really getting sick of this crap.

Mary, by all means, killfile me as I have just killfiled you.

You are the stereotype "crazy cat lady."
The one everybody envisions..the lonely, nasty, rude, perhaps hygenically-impaired, newspaper-collecting cat-lady.

***GOODBYE!***
I will see none of your responses.
Either you want the cat or you don't. I'm really getting sick ofthis crap.

Mary, by all means, killfile me as I have just killfiled you. You are the stereotype "crazy cat lady." The one everybody envisions..the lonely, nasty, rude, perhaps hygenically-impaired, newspaper-collecting cat-lady. ***GOODBYE!*** I will see none of your responses.

Guess I hit a nerve.
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