Living with a pet and a pet dander allergy

Oh No! Elsa is Back! So, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know exactly what that means. Elsa is my oldest daughter’s (Megan) cat and is the reason Nat began allergy shots last year. Not getting into a great amount of detail, but let’s just say that Megan has moved back home and of course brought Elsa with her. Now, having said that, is there a way we can make this work and keep Nat’s pet dander allergy at bay?

It’s been a week and so far so good. Of course, Elsa is segregated to Megan’s bedroom upstairs.  We’ve developed a routine that will hopefully work for a while and praying it works indefinitely. My husband and I are not at all opposed to having pets or even having them in the house. My husband’s first baby was a guinea pig.

His name was Lucky. Wasn’t he cute! Of course, he had to be adopted out  due to the same reason we have segregated Elsa, Nat’s allergies. It was highly advised by her doctor’s that we maintain a pet free and dander free home. So that’s what we did.

Until a week ago.

We just couldn’t tell our daughter that she had to leave Elsa behind. We certainly know and understand how you can become attached to a pet and Elsa is her baby.

A routine needed to be devised that would work for everyone. So as of right now, we have confined Elsa to my daughter’s bedroom upstairs. Not to worry guys, it’s a huge bedroom. She has plenty of room to roam and purr. When Megan leaves the bedroom, she either changes clothes or put’s on a robe over her clothing that hangs just outside her door. This will help keep the dander at bay. Also, Nat has been banned from going upstairs. It may not be the best routine, but right now it’s all I’ve got to make this arrangement work.

We certainly did not anticipate that Elsa would be moving in with us on a permanent basis. With two 911 calls and having to administer Epi twice just from an Elsa visit, having her move in permanently was the furthest thing from our minds.

However, you do what you can when it comes to family and we are certainly going to give it our best shot.

If you would like to submit a review on this post, we are indeed open to your opinions or any advice you may wish to contribute to our situation. We hope that we have it maintained, but if we reach that hiccup, it would be great to have an alternate plan in place.

 

26 thoughts on “Living with a pet and a pet dander allergy

  1. Oh no! Dealing with pet allergies can be very challenging as the effects could be very dangerous! I hope Nat and Elsa could find a way to co-exist without causing harm to Nat!

  2. I remember when I was a kid I had the most aggressive animal allergies you could imagine, and the worst part was I really loved animals…. We couldn’t have pets in the house because of me and I hated it… This year I adopted a puppy for the first time! His name is Jimmy and I love him so much – I hope you girl can one day get better just like I did! Wish you the best!

    • allergynat@allergynat.com says:

      Awww. That is so sweet. I hope so too. She loves them just the same. You and Jimmy have a great holiday this year.

  3. Yikes! What a tough predicament. A dear friend just had to rehome her cats because she found out that her toddler was very allergic. It was a really sad situation. I hope the quarantine works!

  4. Oh no. Poor baby. It seems as though what you are doing is working for now. It is a good thing that its is cat and not a dog, who needs exercise and play outside. I have pet allergies as well, but not as servere.

  5. keisha1989 says:

    I love animals. I think everyone should have one in the home once they are able to take care of one. They bring so much joy. Such a shame about the pet allergy.

  6. jenniferlynncallahan says:

    Aww, I hope this arrangement works! Elsa is such a beautiful cat! Poor Nat — I pray she is unaffected this time around! Seems like you’re taking the right precautions! Only other thing that might be helpful is putting an air purifier in the hallway out side of the room? Just a thought. Have a great holiday!

    • allergynat@allergynat.com says:

      We keep an air purifier downstairs but it might be a good idea to at least have a small one upstairs as well now

  7. I have to use an epi pen for my peanut allergy. It’s not fun. However while I’m allergic to cats, I don’t have to use it for that. That sounds scary.

  8. I love dogs and we’re lucky to have a neighbour with one coz it’s not a good time for us to have a pet but we enjoy the neighbour’s! I’ve reacted a few times I’ve been close to cats so I could say I have an allergy BUT I also think it depends on the type or something?

    • allergynat@allergynat.com says:

      We have learned that there are some particular types of animals that can make your allergies worse than others.

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