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.
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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 dayone. So I don't want that. But I won't be able to live all winter this miserable.

Mitch. Ever heard of allergy medicine? I have two cats, am allergic to cats, and take Claritin (over-the-counter) and am just fine.

Either you want the cat or you don't. I'm really getting sick of this crap.
Get one that works for animal dander allergies. Ask you doctor.

Or take the cat to a no-kill shelter along with copies of the entire saga as posted to this group.
And for God's sake don't tell us if you send her to some *sshole who will declaw.
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, I don't know how severe your symptoms are but we also have allergies/asthma in our family. While my daughter does have some allergy to cats she has much worse allergies to pollen. What's the pollen count right now in your area? (Go to www.pollen.com and you can sign up for this as an email alert.) Also, it's winter and the wood smoke in our city from fireplaces is a definite problem, so bad, in fact, that the city has allocated "burn and no-burn" days. In other words, you could have several factors here. Also, living in Albuquerque, we have a major dust here and that also is a factor.
What really has helped our family a lot is to get HEPA air cleaners for the bedrooms and we also got one for our den area. Initially our allergist recommended them; HEPA filters remove something like 98% of all airborn pollutants from the air. You can get them at Target plus their replacement filters (We have the Holmes and Environcaire brands). They do cost but are extremely worth it and would be beneficial for your allergies in any case. In the past, our insurance company paid for one for my son when the doctor said he needed to have one in his bedroom; don't know if that would work for you.
After all you've gone through to help this poor kitty, try and see if any of these suggestions may help you. Worst case and you have to find a home for her, do the right thing and find her someone who is patient, kind, will not declaw you know what to do...
In any case, lots of encouragement and purrs from our family for you to be able to work this situation out .
hope this helps,
Christine Burel
I have severe allergies to my three cats. I went to the allergist and he recommended Clarinex, a steroidal nasal spray like Flonase, an air filter with a hepa filter, and encasing of my mattress and pillows. When I did all these things, ALL my symptoms disappeared! Hope you can give it a try and not give your cat to that inhuman neighbor. Good luck Judy F
Please don't give the cat to your neighbor if they're going to digit amputate her. As to your allergies, if you're game to try a natural remedy, this has worked wonders on my husband's allergies to cats He uses the animal dander one. You can buy this at most any health food store or a Whole Foods:

http://www.bioallers.com /
Lauren

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
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.

try the tablets suggested in the other posts, also bath the cat on a regular basis helps too, well it worked for a friend of mine anyway.

don't let the neighbour have her and declaw her!! why would she want to do that?
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...Ever heard of allergy medicine? I >have two cats, am allergic to cats, and take Claritin (over-the-counter) and am just fine.

Where'd you get your medical degree, Mary? The med school charter should be verified. FYI, not everyone's ailments, allergies, illnesses are remedied by medications. I have allergies which have not been fixed by Allegra, Claritin, Flonaise, etc. Thankfully, I'm not allergic to cats, but I have been to various allergists with limited results. So...everyone reacts differently. I'd never part with my babies..unless my lungs collapsed and I had to choose between life on a respirator and my babies.
...Ever heard of allergy medicine? I >have two cats, am allergic to cats, and take Claritin (over-the-counter) and am just fine.

Where'd you get your medical degree, Mary? The med school chartershould be verified. my babies

Not the point. Point is, 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 subpoint: Mitch already knows all of this.
I'm beginning to suspect that Mitch either
a. does not really want this cat, since at the first sign of any difficulty he decides that "Kitty has to go" and/or

b. is enjoying jerking the cat lovers around, as in, "I might give her to a neighbor who will declaw."
And by the way, OFF.
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