Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday—Help! My Cat Makes Me Sneeze

It happens, you simply adore cats or dogs or horses or hamsters or even birds, and find out that you’re allergic to them. What to do? Should you deprive yourself of the joy of having the pet of your dreams? Will you take shots or pop pills for the rest of your life? Many people push through the discomfort as best they can—keep their hands away from their eyes after petting the cat, bathe the pet often, wear a mask while grooming the horse or cleaning the bird cage, etc.

When it comes to cat allergies, there are some things to consider before bringing one into your home.

Did you know, for example, that dark-colored cats tend to release more allergens than light-colored ones? There are also cat breeds to consider that are less allergenic. There’s the Siberian, for those of us who love the cats with lots of fur, the Balinese as well as some of the hairless cats and the curly breeds—the Rex cats. How can the Siberian be hypo-allergenic? According to experts, they have a lower enzyme level in their saliva and it is the enzyme or the protein in the saliva that causes your allergies. I thought it was cat dander—dry skin. Well, allergies and their causes can be a confusing topic, so I found you this site where you can learn more about cats and allergies and how to enjoy the best of both worlds—having a cat and controlling your allergies. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/cat-allergies

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