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Can you get tested for allergy to cats?

madnezz

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So, we're thinking of getting two kittens. I have a feeling I might be allergic to cats, but I'm not sure if it's cats or other factors, so I'd like to know before we make the decision...

Is there a way to test for an allergy to cats? Has anyone done this before?
 

Rude1_247

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you can go for an allergy test, which tests you against a bunch of the most common allergens. Essentially, they prick your arm with about 20 different allergen-tipped pins, and look for which ones have a reaction. It's medical science at it's most awesome*.


*ruthless.
 

squirrely

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i recommend going and spending some time with the kitties at the humane society. you can give them some affection while figuring out how your body reacts.

i'm "allergic" to dogs and "not allergic" to rats, according to my allergist, but well i have TWO dogs and i'm fine, and yet i had to give away my pet rats cuz they made me so incredibly sick. :(
 

OTIS

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Glad you're looking into it before making the leap.

You can actually buy a cat allergy test kit. Although I'm not sure how accurate it is.

One thing I recommend when getting a new cat is always designate a room in your place 'cat free'. Make sure your cats never get in there, and ensure that they know they are not supposed to be in there. It makes any of the downsides (fur, hairballs, dander intolerance) involved with owning a cat that much more tolerable if you have a sanctuary in your home from all that.

Interesting fact:
Recent studies have indicated that humans who are exposed to cats or dogs within the first year of their lives develop few animal allergies, while most adults who are allergic to animals did not have a cat or a dog as a pet in childhood.
 

madnezz

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Rude1_247 said:
you can go for an allergy test, which tests you against a bunch of the most common allergens. Essentially, they prick your arm with about 20 different allergen-tipped pins, and look for which ones have a reaction. It's medical science at it's most awesome*.


*ruthless.


where do you go for this kind of thing?

sounds aweful!
 
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rubytuesday

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I had it done when I was little, they used my back for the pricking and I don't remember being traumatized or in pain.
 

Rude1_247

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madnezz said:
where do you go for this kind of thing?

sounds aweful!

ask your family doc for a referral to an allergy specialist and he'll hook you up. It's not as bad as it sounds. It's just kind of funny that this is still a diagnostic.... in the same vein as "DOES THIS HURT?" *twists ankle*....
 

lucky1

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you can get a blood test to test for the allergy. Its usually not covered under ohip, and costs 20 bucks or so. Then they can test for the specific cat allergy. Your family doctor may be able to order it .. I think its called rast testing?
 
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madnezz

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kitten1.bmp


kitten2.bmp


i want them so bad!
 

erikwh

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skin tests are useless... I got the smorgasbord of allergens when I got a skin test at St. Michael's hospital. Apparently I was more allergic to Oranges than to peanuts (which were nearly fatal when I was a kid). I am definately still allergic to some cats, and even my dog sometimes gives me the sneezes if I play with him too much.

If you can find someone with the same breed of cat, then just hang out at their place for 3 or 4 hours.. If you aren't sneezing and watered up by then you will probably be ok (at least thats what ive found)
 

NemIsis

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erikwh said:
skin tests are useless... I got the smorgasbord of allergens when I got a skin test at St. Michael's hospital. Apparently I was more allergic to Oranges than to peanuts (which were nearly fatal when I was a kid). I am definately still allergic to some cats, and even my dog sometimes gives me the sneezes if I play with him too much.

If you can find someone with the same breed of cat, then just hang out at their place for 3 or 4 hours.. If you aren't sneezing and watered up by then you will probably be ok (at least thats what ive found)

I've had the skin test and I'm apparently allergic to everything.. The ones that stung the most? Tobacco :O (lol) and cats.. I think if you are exposed to the object of your allergy for long enough though, your body develops its own immunities..

That being said, while I do not have major allergies (watery eyes, rash, sneezing etc), I am more prone to get sick if exposed to some of them (cats for example).. I usually get a sinus infection or major flu if I spend a few days with a cat..
 
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djglobalkiller

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its wierd per say,

i am not "allergic" to cats, but rather cat saliva, and dog dander , horse hairs, this is what the "common" allergy pin prics got, then they went for environmental, and the grass one was the worst reaction, made my skin swell up, and itch like a S.o.b. wow, it is an interesting test method, sometimes when they poke you, it can draw blood, my allergist is rutheless, she is in mississauga, near eaton sheradon centre mall
 

grounded4life

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it's a simple scratch test where they scratch the surface of the skin and put the extract in contact with the exposed skin. If it flares up you're allergic, if not... well you know. But sometimes it;s hit or miss cos I'm allergic to certain cats, but my two don't bother me at all... it's weird and sometimes a shot in the dark.
 
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videotronic

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thats the only way to know for sure..

ill 2nd the test being pretty useless...according to it i wasnt allergic at all to cats and yet i still got super sick when we first got my little monster..

if you do feel yourself getting allergic, try taking quercetin...its some herbal shit you can get at the health food store...it may be only psychological, but it helped me get adjusted to having the cat around..
 

defazman

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I've got a coat made from cat fur that you can borrow. Wear it around for a day and see how you feel.
 
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