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I wasn't sure if this was a "health" issue or an animal issue or...anyway, it's ended up here.<br><br>
Just wondering if anyone has experience with getting shots for treating cat/dog allergies. Do they work fairly well? Do you have any idea if the ingredients are vegan and/or if they contain bits of dander/proteins, etc.?<br><br>
Since I've been knocked up, my cat allergies seems to have virtually disappeared. I have occasional trouble with itchy eyes, but nothing at all like before. We have a neighbor cat who used to make me quite itchy and sneezy if I petted her or came in contact with her fur, etc. too much. Now, she's here visiting, sleeping on our sofa, as she's done most every day for a couple of months now! It's a bit funny too, in that I got horrible hay fever in the Spring, like nothing I've had before - seriously, blood, vomiting...terrible. The cat issue though is completely the opposite.<br><br>
So, it's got me thinking about whether or not I could control the allergies somehow. I've taken some otc stuff before when I've been around cats for short periods of time. They generally work well on the sneezing/runny nose, but my eyes are still affected, and they have the side effect of really drying me out. It could be that my system will still tolerate cats after baby comes, but my gut tells me it's likely just a temporary thing.<br><br>
We've never thought about adopting a cat really because I'd just be too uncomfortable, but now after our summer with Tillie, the idea is very appealing. The man has some concerns about veganism and the food required to feed cats, but we haven't researched it too much because of the allergy issue.<br><br>
This cat that comes to visit us = most lovable cat ever, even when she comes and meows at 7 in the morning by the back door for us to let her in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I am pretty sure carnelian gets allergy shots due to her kitties.<br><br>
I think you know how to reach her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Dogs are less likely to cause allergies though, and easier to make vegan, even though mine are not. You know me, gotta plug for the dogs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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My whole family was born with cat allergies, but having cats around just got us used to it so it's not as severe anymore.<br><br>
My stepdad has allergies and since he didn't have cats and wasn't around his dachsunds much then once he moved him he had severe allergies. He gets shots sometimes, and those just make it worse, he feels really sick on those, but I'm not sure which shots he takes, so now I've just gotten Furminator shampoos and conditioners for the pets (not tested on animals) and I brush them with a Bamboo shedding brush everyday, and that helps a lot. I think they have shampoo and conditioners for cats, including sprays and types of conditioners and shampoos that dont actually require bathing the cat, but I haven't gotten any because we're more allergic to our dogs than cats, but I'm sure other Furminator products work just as well, and I know they're all not tested on animals
 

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Wolfie, I'm totally a dog person, but just had never really considered a cat before. I think this cat is really a dog in cat's skin. I'd like to have a dog in the house too, but just about the time I think I'd convinced IS, then bean came along. I'm still hoping that we can manage this, but it won't be for a few months yet. Really, I'd love to have a whole menagerie with rats and dogs and chickens and pigs and well...I digress.<br><br>
@disney...my hope is that maybe having been around Tillie for several months now, I might at least be more tolerant of *her* specifically, if not to other cats. We've had multiple visits from her I think every day since about July. It'd be really strange to have to shoo her out the door. We have to see too, if baby's bothered by her, but teeny tiny babies generally don't have so much trouble with pet dander.<br><br>
Just today, I decided to lay down on the sofa for a bit and was awakened by the mailman knocking on the door and giggling at me all curled up with a cat sleeping on me, paws on the giant belly. Ah.
 

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My whole family was born with cat allergies, but having cats around just got us used to it so it's not as severe anymore.</div>
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Yep, so too it was with my uncle, PBUH. He was allergic to cats, but since he was such a cat person he couldn't help being around cats a lot and over time his allergies disappeared or mostly disappeared.
 

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I used to have a dog-like cat that I rescued when some jerks moved out and left him behind. I was very allergic to him at first but after a while I would only get a little itchy if he got in my face. I also used to be highly allergic to a friend's cat years ago when we first started hanging out but after a while, the cat didn't bother me as much. So it is possible you'd get used to it, provided you're not so allergic you are gasping for breath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> The cat I have now doesn't bother me at all. But my sisters' cats do and so do cats at the shelter. I have also heard good things about anti-dander shampoos, but that would require getting a cat you can bathe. I haven't meant many of those.<br><br>
I have read and heard that being exposed to animals at a very young age makes kids less likely to develop asthma and allergies later on. So hopefully the baby will be allergy-free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":baby:">
 

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[email protected] a cat. Our current friend doesn't even like if I pet her after washing my hands, if they're still a bit wet. I've heard good things about being exposed to animals too. I was talking with my mom about it, that if I could help the bean be tolerant of cats and maybe even other food-related allergies, then I'd just rub Tillie all over her.<br><br>
Going to do some more research about what's in the shots and what I can get here on the NHS.
 

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I knew someone once who was very allergic to cats. She adopted a kitten and took it into the shower with her every day. As the kitten grew up, he started accompanying her into the shower as a matter of course. There are also some cats who really like water. If I remember correctly, Maine Coons, as a breed, are known for this.<br><br>
There are actually a lot of very dog-like cats. A good half of mine are.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> mlp!<br><br>
We had another cat that used to come by our old house that was pretty dog-like too (super friendly, interested in people, playful, etc.), so I suppose it's not too rare. It's just that most of the ones I've been around were a bit more stand offish, occasionally "allowing" you to be in their presence <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Update: so far, so good. The further we get from the birth, the more confident I'll feel, but only a possible sniffle so far and nothing in my eyes, which is where I *always* suffer with allergies, even hay fever, etc. I think Bean and Tillie are on their way to becoming fast friends (trying to load picture but having all sorts of trouble)
 

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Ah...this is what I was trying to post before. IS says that they are bound to like each other as they have the same favorite pastimes: sleeping and cuddling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/e/e0/e0e74294_vbattach17301.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/e/e0/525x525px-LL-e0e74294_vbattach17301.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:394px;"></a>
 

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Ah...this is what I was trying to post before. IS says that they are bound to like each other as they have the same favorite pastimes: sleeping and cuddling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Congrats! I didn't know you delivered <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> When was she born?
 

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26th of November. 10lbs, 7oz of snuggliness.
 

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Ah...this is what I was trying to post before. IS says that they are bound to like each other as they have the same favorite pastimes: sleeping and cuddling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yep. Not the most flattering picture for either of them, I have to say, but you get the idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Congratulations to you, your husband, and your baby, Jen!
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.....I have read and heard that being exposed to animals at a very young age makes kids less likely to develop asthma and allergies later on. So hopefully the baby will be allergy-free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":baby:"></div>
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I've heard this too.<br><br>
The first time I was allergic enough for it to bother me was when I was about 27- but that was to dust and grass pollen. For a few years I would basically sneeze my brains out every now and then during the whole month of June. Then it got progressively less severe; I think by the time I was 40 it hardly bothered me at all. I don't know how much shots would have helped. But I've lived around cats my whole life, and have had rabbits since 1997; they never bothered me. You seem to be building up a tolerance for your visiting cat, anyway.<br><br>
I've read that the actual allergen from cats is in their saliva, so if you do adopt a cat who doesn't mind water/getting baths, that would prevent a lot of possible problems, I suppose...
 

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26th of November. 10lbs, 7oz of snuggliness.</div>
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Wow, Big baby! And she was born on my half birthday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I want to hold her, I love babies.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Yep. Not the most flattering picture for either of them, I have to say, but you get the idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Oh stop, Proud Daddy, they're both adorable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Off topic but just for the record...she really is amazing (this was her first pic taken)<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8f/8f877cf1_vbattach17324.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8f/525x525px-LL-8f877cf1_vbattach17324.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:395px;"></a>
 
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