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Thread: Cat allergic husband - any tips to make cohabitation easier

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    Ragweed pollen has been bad for me the last few weeks. That might have added to the problem. Have him wait it out. The cold weather should put a damper on the sneezing.

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    The fact that this started just a few weeks ago suggests it may be something else than the cat. Is your husband open to taking antihistamines? My husband was very resistant at first but his symptoms improved so much with just a daily cetirizine/loratadine/etc.

    Rehoming a 14 year old cat would be both logistically difficult and very traumatic for the pet. I think itís great youíre trying so hard to make this work.

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    Does he want to keep your cat as much as you do?
    yes he does.

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    I am super allergic to cats, but my husband has had them since he was two, and miserable without one. We adopted two last year, but since they were in there since birth, and already well over a year old, they barely leave the basement because of our corgi who wants to get to know them, but they do not want anything to do with her.

    I get the Costco brand for Claritin and take it everyday. It helps, but the basement has to be cleaned, vacuumed weekly, and I just go in for laundry or for exercise.

    Could also be the combination of seasonal allergies since the Fall came on so quick; leaf mold, whatnot. Ibuprofen also helps to reduce the inflammation (sinus issues).

    Btw, your husband is so lucky you clean so much!!!!!

    And keep your main bedroom off limits. I know you want the cuddles, but that's the worst place if he's allergic.

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    Ok, he likes the cats, doesn't want to get rid of them and hasn't complained about anything, cats, allergies, etc. There is nothing to worry about. You are not going to lose your cats or your husband.
    Originally Posted by kuteknish
    Guys, he isnít suffering.. he would absolutely tell me if he was, believe me.

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    My best friend's dad was severely allergic to cats!

    It took him a couple of years and he is on no medication but has become "immune" to them.

    They have had the cats for 13 years now and he hasn't had on astma attack or anything.

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    yea the judging is out of line. you had the cat before the man - yo don't just give away cats....
    i don't know what the answer is - you may in fact want to ask your cat's vet what may be out there that can help. But in the end, there may be nothing you can do unless your man is willing to put up with it and be okay with it.

    I am allergic to cats but had 2 of my own with my ex-fiancee and loved them dearly. With allergies you can never tell - i'm okay with many cats, but some cats just bring it out of me big time. So in the future it may not be a problem - just tet the cat out before you take it home. As for this cat - either you find somethign or you don't. either he can get thru it or he can't. The cat is older now so .... all you can do is see if somethign works and just make sure to test before taking on any new cats.

    Good luck.

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    Also, update all the bedding to an Anti-Allergy bedding. We use aller-zip. But if it's only been the last few weeks, I bet it's seasonal allergies.

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    I think that you should get your husband to an allergist or better yet an immunologist. Use allerpet on the cat. And like it or not, your cat stays out of your bedroom and you wash your pillowcases daily or every other day. I am also going to suggest if its a brand new house - clean the carpets AND the clean the furnace/ducts out - have a company come do it. Who knows what has lived in the house over the years before you were there. SInce your cat is 14, they are not going to be around forever. I agree that rehoming would be cruel at that point and your husband might still have an allergy issue even when the cat is gone. He knew you had a cat when he started dating you, you know? have you ever given your cat a bath?

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