son allergic to cats

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi i just got a cat and i think my sons allergic to cats we love this cat and dont want to give him up.What should i do?

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Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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Speaking as one who is highly allergic to cats, if he is truly allergic (you can have hime tested) you need to give up the cat. It may be possible to keep the cat if you can keep it outdoors. An allergy causes more then just the sneezing, itchy nose, wtery eyes. It causes you to loose out on sleep, lowers your oer all immunity, makes you feel as if you have a continual cold. It is no way to live and function, especially for a child. It is a hard consequence, but he can't help being allergic!

Robyn - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi Sarah,My family and I just went through a similar situation. Our 4 year old adores cats, however my husband and I are highly allergic and after we brought the cat home we found out that our 2 year old is also highly allergic. We adopted the cat from our local humane society so we felt bad about trying to return him to them. We asked around and tried to find a good home for the cat. No one wanted a cat, so we decided to keep him. He now stays in our garage and he LOVES it out doors!! We do not have to be on allergy medication and our 4 year old still gets to pet and play with the cat. We purchased a small dog house, put a heating pad on the floor and covered it with an old blanket. We keep the dog house in the garage and the cat stays warm during the winter months.

You may need tohave your son tested for allergy's and make a decision based on the severity of his allergy. Keeping the cat outdoors works for our family however it may not work for your situation. Weigh your options carefully but remember to keep your son's health at the highest priority.

Good Luck!!

Robyn Gates

Stephanie - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son is allergic to cats also. We still have the cat and he takes Zyrtec. However, the allergist told my husband and me that we need to find a new home for the cat. This is my cat and I am upset about it but I don't want my son to be in and out of the hospital and doctor's office all the time either.

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Well, first of all, you need to find out if your son is actually allergic to the cat. If he is then I say let the cat go. I've had cats my entire life, so I understand the bond and attachment that comes from being owned by a cat (or several in my case lol). Right now, I have 3 that I love very much. One of them I've had for 12 years, one of them I've had for about 8 years and the other I've had for 6 years. If I found out today that my son was definitely allergic to cats, then by tomorrow my beloved cats would be gone. That's just me though, you asked what you should do, and that's what I would do. The cats were my "babies" before my son was born and I never thought I would ever consider getting rid of them. But now? My son is 19 months old and I have already had to give away one of my cats. I used to have 2 that were 12 years old but one of them started attacking my son and she was GONE. I gave her to a friend of mine. If you haven't had the cat long, then you should get rid of it before you become too attatched to it. Good luck :) Hope it works out for you :)

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2009

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Get him tested for allergies. And if the cat means that much talk to his pediatrician about putting him on an allergy pill if he truly is allergic.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2009

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Just wanted to say that finding the right allergy medicine is VERY hit or miss! I've been through it 3 times, myself, my foster daughter, and my son. You may have to keep trying different ones, it took five tries before we found what works with my son and unfortionately it is the most expensive (but worth it!). With my foster daughter we had to try several different things because they had behavioral side effects which affected her at school, and with myself I would take something for a while and then need a higher dose or something stronger! The allergist and testing will be great help because then you can rule out and get more specific. Hope it turns out well, it is VERY good you are trying to figure things out now while he is young! Believe me allergies that go untreated can make you miserable!

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2009

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oh almost forgot to the certain lady that called me an idiot please dont call anyone that it hurts feelings.I know what u mean to not put him on pills but in the near future when he's about five thats prob what he will be taking its up to his doctor.People on here are trying to be helpful and give advice thats all.

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2009

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Well Hayden went to see his doctor today and tomorrow we r going to pick up a liquid medication for him to use hopefully that works.Within two mths hes set up to see a specialist who will test him on different allergies.My husband is allergic to certain things and my father is allergic to like everything so it might be genetic.His doctor told us to not get rid of the cat because it might be something else.Thanks again for everyones input.

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Steffany:

NO do not put your child on allergy pills. Idiot.






WOW!  What a rude person you are!  You've been flagged.






Yeah, I know of a couple of other posts on another board that she's been flagged on.....



 



I hope your son isn't allergic to the cat.  If he is then I do think the best thing to do would be to find another home for the cat.  Some allergies you can't avoid, but if it's an allergy that you can avoid then I think it's best to be able to avoid medication.



When my twin girls were 1.5-3 they were off and on Zyrtec (sometimes it helped, sometimes it didn't) until we finally discovered they were allergic to our laundry soap.  I'm glad it turned out to be an easy fix for them. :)

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2009

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Ya i think the doctor will know best they might even have a pill in a chewable formation i dont really know so i'll find out what the doctor will perscribe for him and ill let all of you know.His doctor might even tell us to get rid of the cat.Hes sleeping right now and has a humidifier in the room with that on hes not stuffy.He isnt allergic when hes near the cat or petting the cat.His eyes get irritated only when he cries and gets tears then he rubs them so im pretty sure its pet dander that gets into his eyes, hes a long haired cat so that doesnt help either.

Felicia - posted on 06/13/2009

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I have been allergic to animals and have always had them, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a cat. I am actully allergic to everything. It is the cats dander that causes the allergy problems. Try brushing the cat frequently and keeping it out of the childs room or where ever he sleeps. Allergy meds. will probably dry up his eyes which may make his eye irritation worse. I am not crazy about giving my children meds. Make sure you see an allergist, not just your childs pediatrician if you chose to have him tested. It would be a hard decision to make, I hope it works out for you.

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Quoting Steffany:

NO do not put your child on allergy pills. Idiot.



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Sarah - posted on 06/13/2009

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Hayden has a doctors appointment on Monday for his allergies he broke out again today keeps on rubbing his eyes and crying.His eyes are irratated i think with cat fur so hopefully his doctor will help

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2009

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Thankyou everyone for your coments!My sons eyes were really swollen yesterday but today he hung around the cat pretty much all day and they didnt swell.My cat his longhaired and i think the cause was the fur getting into his eyes and him rubbing them.Next time he sees his doctor im going to ask alot of questions about allergies i think he is young to take medication and get allergy tests but he could probably get the allergy shots.

Meghan - posted on 06/10/2009

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Talk with your physician about allergy medication. Claritan or Zyrtec may help. If not then you may have to give up your cat.

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