Kid vs Cats
June 25, 2014 2:45 PM Subscribe
We have two adorable cats and an even more adorable 4-year-old son who we've just confirmed is allergic to cats. What now?
posted by logic vs love to Pets & Animals (51 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My son has pretty severe seasonal allergies, but after our visit with an allergist, we've also confirmed he's allergic to cats. I suspected as much since he has a near constant stuffy nose. The allergist recommended we get rid of the cats (or make them outdoor cats but: nope).
Our cats are 7 and 9 years old, both adopted as babies from the SPCA. We don't want to find them new homes, but I also don't want my son to be miserable forever. I don't know anyone personally who would be able to take them (although I haven't really tried looking yet) and I'm afraid they wouldn't get adopted at a shelter because they're older.
My son loves the cats too and would be heartbroken if we didn't have them. He's been on Flonase for the past month and it's helped a lot...we've considered keeping him on that all the time (instead of just during allergy season), but I don't now how I feel about making him take daily medication just so we can keep our precious kitties.
We also have two 9-month-old babies who may or may not be allergic to cats as one (one of them seems to have the same sensitives our older son had as a baby).
We're not really sure what to do here. I would appreciate any advice from anyone who's been in a similar situation.