So there’s Geno, my adorable cat who is almost 2 years old. Turns out, as he gets older, I become more allergic to him. I never realized that I was allergic to cats until about a year ago. My sister was always allergic so we never had them growing up. And we never really went anywhere with cats, either.
When Geno was a kitten, he lived with me, and I never really sneezed or anything. Once he got a little bigger, though, I couldn’t touch him without sneezing and watery eyes. His dander had entered the situation, and my body did not like it! Things were ok, though, because at that point, Geno moved with Travis. I had signed a new lease and he was no longer allowed to live with me.
And then, I moved in with the two of them, and it was back to the itchy eyes and sneezing. I’m fine if I don’t touch him and wash my hands a lot, but he’s just so darn cute that it can be hard at times.
Though I’ve never been officially tested for allergies, I am pretty sure this one exists! Travis and I have been implementing some ways to avoid allergy attacks.
Here’s our list of how to live with a cat when you’re allergic:
1. Close the doors to the bedroom and don’t let the cat where you sleep.
2. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Get all of that hair and allergen out of the house! It is important to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, too!
3. Purchase a HEPA filter to eliminate as many allergens as possible. That was our latest purchase, especially because my sister is visiting today.
We’ve only had it a few days, but it seems to be working pretty well!
4. Have someone who is not allergic (which would be Travis is my case) to brush the cat often and take care of the litter box.
5. Wash hands often.
6. Clean sheets and blankets regularly to eliminate allergens.
I’m trying to combat this whole thing on my own, and so far it’s been ok. I have some Zyrtec in case I overdo playing with my little man, but I have only taken it a few times.
For now, we’re just going to keep on doing our thing and hope that the allergies stay at bay. Especially because, until I have insurance of my own, I am out of range for my family insurance. That means doctors only in emergency cases unless I make a visit to Pittsburgh!
Are you allergic to anything? I never thought I was (other than some seasonal sniffles) but it seems I may be slightly allergic to cats!
Also, skipping swim practice this morning. Not feeling 100%. Hoping to run a little later and swim tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed that it works out!