|Purred: Fri Jul 20, '12 6:05pm PST |
|First, I'm allergic to milk/dairy products, haven't had cheese in years. I drink plenty of water too. I have either hardwood or tile floors, a few rugs (most of which get washed in the washer at least once a week). I own a Dyson with hard floor attachment as well as wands to vacuum the sofa, etc. My sheets, etc., get washed once a week. I brush her, and use a Furminator every 6 months.
I have UV/ionic filters in each room. I use dust free litter. I also have a humidifier (don't use it all the time - I live in a humid environment). My central heating/AC also has UV and ionic filters on the intake as well as in the main ducts, which are serviced every six months.
Lastly, I have an auto-immune disorder that messes with my histamines to begin with, so my allergies don't manifest in my nose, throat, eyes or lungs per se. My lymph nodes swell up, my joints all swell and I have significant pain with any significant allergy attack.
I actually was NOT allergic to cats per my skin test three years ago. This is my first cat and she really adopted me, not the other way around. I have had her a little over a year, and not really had any problems that couldn't be handled with a good vacuuming and some benadryl as relates to my girl. Now my skin test is really positive for cat dander.
She is due for her yearly check up and shots, I will get that done first. She is also microchipped. I am not using Craig's List, wouldn't dream of it. I am not taking her to a shelter. Right now just asking people I know if they could take her. My sister is considering it (she has had many cats in the past and never been allergic), but that may not pan out. I may consider some type of rescue if I can't find someone to take her.
So, yes, I have tried as much as I can try. And I will happily suffer a few more weeks until I know I can put her in a good place. Its not like she is clawing, biting, attacking and chewing up the furniture or anything. I'm just feeling really bad about the whole thing, almost cry when she crawls onto my chest at night and curls up to go to sleep while purring (yeah, last place she should be, I know).
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