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Old 08-13-2004, 01:57 AM   #1
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PLEASE advise- I know it's not about fish

I have a cat, a very large cat. He isn't overweight- he's just very tall and long. He's about 3' long when he stretches out head to back feet. He purrs and you think it's a Harley coming up the street. he's a tuxedo cat. Not the most common feline! So he carries the S gene that causes vivid, clean, black and pure white markings.

I LOVE Kirby, my cat. But I have recently developed a SEVERE allergic reaction! I get his fur on my skin and I break out in a rash. I get a hair in my eye and get a BLISTER on my eyeball that burns like heck! I sneeze, cough, and gag. I almost threw up last night when a coughing fit got out of hand.

This is the same cat I've lived with for months. We brush him, he stays indoors, he eats the same food. We even bought a allergy "shampoo" that you rub into his fur and then it stops dander from floating off into the air.


I used to despise cats for their snootiness. But Kirby loves people and loves to cuddle. He never turns you down. He even likes to be carried, and he sits next to me on his rear like a little person when I watch TV- smashed between me and the arm of the chair.

NOTHING has worked. I can't live with this. But I want my cat. Does anyone have any help, please. Just tell me any idea you have and I'll try it.
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Old 08-13-2004, 02:36 AM   #2
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You need to see a spealist, but one that understands the bond between people and their pets. My allergies are not that severe, but my allergist still blames everything on my three cats and two birds (I didn't tell him about my gerbils). My sister used to have a great allergist that recognized the bond between people and their pets, but his partner did not and once told my mother that he would not treat my sister while there were animals in the house.
Also try www.felineadvice.com (a sister site of AA.com) and see if anyone over there has dealt with with type of problem.
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An allergist is your only hope, here....its sounds like you have had a spontaneously occurring reaction, not dissimilar to the sort a lot of health workers have had to latex, or aquarists to bloodworms, even after years of non-reactive exposure. The trick is to see a specialist ASAP.....your reactions are not anaphylactic yet, but could become so.
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What's anaphylactic? It could get worse?? 8O
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Yes, it could get worse!!
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Another possibility with your wedding day looming on the horizon, the allgeric reactions could be worsened by stress. Still best to go see an allergist ASAP. I was getting bizzare itchy finger tips, in which my finger tips would swell, become warm and itch like mad! The third time I had it, I called my doctor and got an appointment right away. Of course, my itchy fingers and swelling had all but stopped by the time I got to my doctors and it was declared a medical mystery Gee, thanks.
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It can't cause me to become athsmatic or pneumonic, though, right? Gosh, I had no idea it could get worse. I'm glad it hasn't!

I've always viewed allergists as kind of a farse because my aunt, who apparently is the very definition of hypochondriac, sees her allergist quite often. Her allergist has advised her not to eat meat on Thursdays, because she's allergic on that day. And also has advised never to inhale fumes from a beauty salon unless she's the one getting a perm/dye. But surely a cat allergy is not all in my head! 8O Thanks for the idea... neevr would have considered if you hadn't given it a little more credibility for me.
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Oh, wow. That's what usually happens to me. And then you begin to wonder if maybe it was some crazy idea in your head! I swear when I eat cantaloupe or pecans my throat itches and swells. But if anyone asks me about it it seems to dissipate and I can't describe the feeling that fleeting! LOL!
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It can't cause me to become athsmatic or pneumonic, though, right?
No....untreated anaphylaxis is merely deadly most of the time.

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Her allergist has advised her not to eat meat on Thursdays, because she's allergic on that day. And also has advised never to inhale fumes from a beauty salon unless she's the one getting a perm/dye.
That isn't an allergist, that is a complete quack.
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Your Aunt's allergist sounds like a witch-doctor! I have seen two allergists that I can remember. While still living at home on LI, I went in weekly for allergy shots and that improved my life a lot! Now that I'm up here, my new allergist insisted upon me taking a medical test to see if I still suffered from asthma (as I did when I was younger). You could say I failed that test and now take preventative asthma meds in the morning and night. Just like with any medical condition, there are usually ways to control it. The most obvious way is to stay away from all cats. Do you allow Kirby to sleep in your room? I finally got my cats out of my room (and all the dust bunnies) and it has made a difference. They still sit in my lap while I am on the computer or the couch and it helps to wash my hands after handling them.
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