A child with asthma (not chronic), is it safe to have a cat?

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Sometimes it can be the kitty litter too. What's inside it can cause an asthma attack. I hear 100% dust free or oder-free kitty litter is best for a home with a child that has asthma. =)

Melissa - posted on 12/12/2011

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My son, who turns 7 at the end of this month, has asthma(cough-variant) and we have both a cat(short hair) and a German Shepherd, neither of which bother him. Before you get a cat, I would have your child tested for allergies to cats just to be safe. We did that with my son and he was neg for both cats and dogs. He's ONLY allergic to Amoxycillin, so we avoid that medicine when he gets an infection.

Leeann - posted on 09/28/2011

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depends if it is one of his triggers, its the dander that the cat leaves behind that bothers people. if your concerned take him to an allergist and have him tested. we have two cat and they dont set off my son, but then again they arent his triggers

Krista - posted on 07/30/2009

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Cats do not perpetuate asthma. If your child has an allergy to cats THAT could perpetuate the asthma. If there aren't any allergies you should be fine.

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Sherri - posted on 09/28/2011

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Well my son has asthma and we have two cats. His asthma isn't triggered by animals and he has no allergies to animals. My sons allergies and asthma triggers are environmental.

Yvonne - posted on 02/28/2011

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My son has asthma and we have three cats. The cats don't set off his asthma -- it gets bad for him every time he gets a virus.You can always have your specialist do allergy tests to rule cats out.

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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Thanx for advice, I actually adopted our cat(Tiger) and Jaden has been great with him, he has not had any asthma attacks or wheezing so far.

Sharon - posted on 07/23/2009

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visit someone with a clean cat - not washed just before you get there and see how things go. So many animals need adoption from the local shelter during this recession. It would be great if you could save one.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2009

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My son has severe asthma and we have a cat, it never bothered him. It depends on what your childs "trigger" is, for my son it is physical activity and illness that triggers his asthma.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2009

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My son has severe asthma and we have a cat, it has never bothered him. It depends on what the "trigger" is for their asthma.

Sherlon - posted on 07/23/2009

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Well, I have Asthma and has had it since I was a child. You have your child around the cat to see how it work out for them. I had a cat as a pet and I was fine with it only becuase my cat did not shed a lot of hair. Now I had a yorkie/maltese mix dog and when I got pregnant with my 3 year old my hormones were crazy so I got really sick and had to be rushed to the hospital 5 time throughout my pregnancy. So you can never tell when they will get sick. Just be very careful and pay attention to how often your son our daughter gets sick around the cat.

Amanda - posted on 07/23/2009

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I had asthma as a kid and I had 3-4 cats all the time! What bothered me was cigarette smoke and smoke from fireplaces and camp fires. I think as long as they aren't allergic to cats they'll be fine :)

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