Living With Cat Allergies


Let’s just cut to the chase here: You do not have to give up your cat if you’re allergic. It may take time and commitment to make changes in your environment, but it can be done.

When someone is allergic to cats, the most common advice given by physicians is to get rid of the cat. Allergies are also one of the top five reasons why cats are returned to shelters. However, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 10 million people choose to share their homes with cats and dogs despite being allergic.

Depending on the severity of the allergy, symptoms can range from mild upper respiratory discomfort to a full blown anaphylactic shock reaction.

In a recent article for, I provided tips on how you can live with cat allergies, ranging from environmental modifications to natural remedies. Click here to read the full article.

Do you have a cat allergy? How are you coping? Share your tips and tricks in a comment.

Photo of The Dood ©Robin A. F. Olson, used with permission.

2 Comments on Living With Cat Allergies

  1. Sue Brandes
    March 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Great article Ingrid. Not sure if I am allergic but; since I have gotten older things like dander or dust and pollen bother me somewhat. I would never give up my babies.

  2. Lisa
    March 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm (5 years ago)

    I have allergies to both cats and dogs since I was a child and thus never was allowed to have pets growing up. For the past 20 years now I’ve lived with cats and have built up an immunity. Initially, for several months, I had severe respiratory reactions and had to use an inhaler like Primatine Mist.. I later read about vitamin C and allergies, as well as studies of vitamin D and asthma. I don’t have any problem now breathing, the cats sleep me, I pet and cuddle with them, even kiss them. The only problem I have is if I don’t wash my hands after petting and then touch my eyes, then they get red and swollen, or, if the cats lick me, I get hives in that area. There were 2 years that we didn’t have cats and when we adopted two kittens, I was back at square one – no immunity, but after a couple months I was fine. I also try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet which I think has helped in addition to the supplements I mentioned. I would never sacrifice the love of cats due to my allergies – where there’s a will there’s a way!


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