What should I do if my baby is allergic to my pets?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Jan. 28, 2009 in Pets

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  • It shouldn't be hard. Your kid comes first, put them up for adoption. Try craigslist. Bunch of animal lovers there.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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  • i agree. your son comes first, find them a good home!
    Chandra034

    Answer by Chandra034 at 11:12 PM on Jan. 28, 2009

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  • Have You Tried Making Them Outside Cats? Or Getting Your Son Medicine For Allergies? If That Fails Then I Would Give Them Up. GL
    Kari_Noelle

    Answer by Kari_Noelle at 1:37 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • I've heard that kids who grow up around pets will actually be less likely to have allergies later in life. And some people grow out of allergies. You can get your son an allergy shot that will last a month. If this is not an option, and the allergy is severe, I would get rid of the cats, but you also might want to check with the vet or an allergist for other options. You may find a way to keep the cats without making your son uncomfortable.
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 4:15 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • ...just thought of something else. If your cats go outside they may pick up pollen. Sometimes people aren't allergic to cats, but the pollen on their fur. Rule this out before getting rid of cats. If it is pollen then you can just keep the cats inside.
    FlyMom07

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 4:19 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • Can you try giving him Claritin or Zyrtec first to see if that helps? If it still doesn't then unfortunately you may have to find new homes for your cats.
    slw123

    Answer by slw123 at 8:06 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • Sorry but I wouldn't give my kid any type of medicine or any shot to keep cats around. How is that fair to him? There are plenty of people out there willing to take animals.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:28 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • I would talk to your vet and his doctor about all possible ways to reduce allergies. Keeping the cats inside, giving them regular baths, only dry food (the oils from the canned food get on the fur when they lick and that can bother some allergies), changing the furnace filters in your house regularly and usung allergen reducing filters, vacuuming often making sure to get under couch cushions and inside the heat vents, even vacuum the cats if they will tolerate it, keep the cats away from the baby's room. That's what I can think of off the top of my head, but the vet and doc may also have other ideas. After that, I would consider some allergy meds for your son, but talk to the doc about any risks or concerns and see if that is an option for you/him. After all of that, if he still has problems, then it might be time to find the cats a new, loving home. But at least you will know you did all you could to try. Good luck!
    chillemi78

    Answer by chillemi78 at 8:53 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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  • Actually the 2nd anon person, there are NOT a lot of people out there to take in animals; shelters, humane societies and rescues are all over crowded and more and more animals are being put to death due to this. Why not let the child have the opportunity to enjoy having a pet around if their is a feasible safe way to do so. People with this sort of attitude is one of the reasons why their is overcrowding. I would talk with your childs doctor and see what he/she has to say. Maybe it is just pollen. If it's an issue of hair you could always invest in a good vacuum and be overzealous on keeping the hair cleaned up.
    taylorsmommy00

    Answer by taylorsmommy00 at 9:34 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

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  • first off vacuum the whole house get all of the dander out...keep the cats out of your sons room, that will give him a cat safe zone....see an allergist, there are really good allergy meds out there and allergy shots are also an option...yes they get expensive but thats what you do if you want the cats to stay...you also need to get vet to check out the cats and you may have to bathe them to keep down the allergins.........personally I have severe cat allergys and would not have one but if you just can't bear to get rid of them....those options will help for a while.....
    michaux

    Answer by michaux at 1:55 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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