Can you have a pet cat if you are allergic?

Can you have a pet cat if you are allergic?

Can you have a pet cat if you are allergic?

You can live with a cat if you are allergic, unless you have severe allergies. In fact, thousands of people with allergies do live with their feline friends. Some who only have mild symptoms just put up with the symptoms or treat them with over-the-counter medicine.

Is there a way to live with cats if you’re allergic?

Designate your bedroom as a cat-free zone, (difficult — I know). Begin your program of allergen reduction by washing bedding, curtains and pillows. Better yet, replace them. Use special covers that are designed to prevent allergens from penetrating onto your mattress and pillows.

What happens if you are allergic to cats and they scratch you?

Reactions to cat allergens include swelling and itching of the membranes that line your eyes and nose, a stuffy nose and inflamed eyes. In some cases, a cat scratch or lick can cause your skin to become red. Some airborne cat allergens can get in the lungs and cause severe breathing problems.

Is it bad to sleep with my cat?

Some cats won’t care, but others could view them as a threat and that could create some unwanted chaos in the bedroom. “Having your cat in your bed can also promote dominance within the animal,” Fish said. “They begin to feel like it is their territory and could get agitated if anyone else enters the bed.”

Will my cat allergy go away?

Although cat allergy symptoms may never go away completely, they are manageable. Remember this basic fact about cat allergens. They need to be airborne and you need to breathe them in for you to have an allergic reaction to them. Cat allergen is very small so it remains suspended in the air longer.

Do cats have a favorite person?

Key Takeaways. Cats tend to favor one person over others even if they were well-socialized as kittens. Cats are expert communicators and gravitate towards people that they communicate well with. Look for communication cues from your cat, such as your cat approaching you in search of food or petting.