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June 23, 2012 4:50 PM Subscribe
I think I'm allergic to my roommate's new cat. What can I do?
posted by dekathelon to pets & animals (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Backstory: My roommate's been talking about getting a cat for a few months now, and I really liked the idea, considering I grew up with two cats and really miss them since moving out of my family's house. It's something I'd wanted to look into myself if I ever moved up to a studio apartment.
Cut. We now have a cat, and I have a bad case of sneezing, stuffy nose, teary eyes, etc. all of a sudden. In other words, it looks exactly like an allergy and I have no idea why, considering I've lived in the same house and slept in the same bed with my cats and spent time around friends' cats with no issues whatsoever. I didn't warn her, because I had no idea, and it's her place too, so the cat obviously stays. So I have a few questions:
1. Is this even possible, to be allergic to one cat? I guess both of my old cats had shorter hair and didn't shed as much, but it's not like we have a Persian.
2. If it is possible, does it go away? I don't really know how cat allergies work.
3. How can I make things more bearable for me? Does this involve avoiding the cat entirely? I'm not moving out over a cat, that'd be ridiculous. And I really like him! Just not the allergy(?) part.