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Author Topic: Have to rehome my 12yo cats; Tennessee  (Read 5902 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2008, 05:17:29 PM »

While out of town, not only were you all not around the cat, your son wasn't around the house nor any of its chemicals, nor the molds inside or outside, nor the pollens, nor other fabrics, etc.

Literally anything can be triggering the attacks and the cats can be only a mild allergen compared to other things that sensitize him. Once sensitized, he will react strongly to all allergens, not just strong ones. Holding the cats may be on a certain chair and the fabric or some chemical on the chair

A visit to the pediatric allergist would be the next thing I would do early next week. Find out what is going on.

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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2008, 09:55:55 PM »

Having had asthma and allergies since early years in elementary school I can really feel what you and your child are going thru.  My bedroom had a hardwood floor and Mother damp mopped it daily.  Blinds, no curtains.  Mattress, springs, pillows zipped into covers.  Bedding off to laundry each week to be washed in hot water.  Two small rugs got frequent trips to laundry as well.  Parakeets moved downstairs into very large wire cage, big enough for them to actually fly around and in front of east window.  I'm amazed that they did well in this daylight basement which surely must've been too cool in winter but they thrived and even used nesting box and hatched beautiful little ones that I sold to classmates.  Hamsters downstairs as well.  Dog relegated to outside only, but at least I could keep her.  Kept my rabbit as well.  Also had turtles, so my parents put up w/ quite a menagerie.  Oh...yes, and two large, white ducks that followed me everywhere they could.  I was allergic to all of these except the turtles.  Keeping the fur and feathers out of the house and getting allergy "shots" helped a great deal.  Mother was careful to vacuum and dust the entire home daily.  Bedrooms, baths, kitchen were mopped.  We knew I was allergic to smoke, but the one concession my Daddy would not make was giving up his 3 pack a day habit.  It's amazing how much I improved when I moved into a college dorm.  Obviously, the dorm was not nearly as clean as our home had been, but the difference in my health was by orders of magnitude. 

I still have asthma and allergies, even after going thru the years of shots as a child and again in my 30's.  Since marriage and moving into our first home we've always had dogs.  Can't seem to live w/out them and the time has come for new flooring in this old house.  So far we only did the hall bath, using that room to test out Marmoleum, which is supposed to be the most hypoallergenic flooring you can install.  Look at the industrial selections as well as residential!  Be absolutely certain your home is well aired out for some days before your son enters if you install one of these floors.  I was very, very allergic to the adhesive used in applying it.  Your son might well be also.  It isn't healthy stuff, for certain but will soon be out of the air if home is well ventilated.

Some of my choices were "Forbo Mineral"

Mannington Industrial can be GR8 for boy's room and also they have nonskid products for spa and bathrooms.

A neighbor did a big remodel of their split entry and turned the family room/living room/dining room/kitchen into one large, open space w/ just pillars for support where load bearing walls were removed.  They have two active children, one very active Aussie and two cats.  She wanted hardwood but chose laminate for practical reasons.  I brought in some laminate samples and found myself wheezing in minutes.  Well, that answered the laminate option for us, I think. 

Except that we need carpet in our hallway, family room and one bedroom for softer walking we're going with something else all over the house.  Entry and everywhere.  Healthy, simple to clean are the two top concerns.  We'll keep our home even more "stripped down" than it is now.  No excess furniture at all.  Patio furniture can be pressed into service indoors when needed.  Probably bean bag chairs will be encased in covers and stored where they can readily be pulled out for the grandkids to lounge in while visiting.  Area rugs on nonskid pads are out because corners and edges are too easy for us to trip on and totally impractical for other reasons in our life but work well for some because they can be taken out and cleaned professionally while flooring underneath gets seriously cleaned.

I do hope you find a solution that you feel happy with for your two lovely cats.  Am guessing they are too old to get used to a large enclosed outdoor play yard, only to be brought into one room in your new home and possibly sleeping in their own personal crates?  I know you have to have as much an allergy free environment as possible for your son.  You will know what is best. 

You probably know the full drill on window coverings, filters, airflow, cleaning equipment and the practical things.  We use no aerosol.  Never.  Have to cook from scratch and watch labels on the few canned/frozen/packaged things we do buy.  Even "fresh" lettuce and things at a salad bar are sometimes washed in a solution that contains sulfites.  I think this is now a "no no," but I'm not trusting enough to try it.  Do you know for certain what food allergies your son has?  Sign up on FDA site for FDA recalls.  Amazing how many flow thru my email.  Frequently it is "undeclared sulfites" or "undeclarred wheat" or "undeclared dairy."  Then there's the "undeclared nuts."  So many are allergic to peanuts.  Our younger son was and still is.  His throat closes off w/ a bite of bannana.  Bet if he ate a ripe one picked fresh he would be fine.  What do they gas our bannanas, apples, etc. with anyway?  We're both allergic to certain veggies we used to eat w/ no problem.  GMO?  Sprays?  We don't know yet.


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