Are pet allergies hereditary?

We have a cat that I love very much I had him wayyy before DH ever moved in. He never really comes around he is an inside cat but we have a pretty big house and he likes to keep to himself. lol. My DH isn't HIGHLY allergic to him but if my cat comes and gets close to him or something his allergies will start acting up. I've read that if im around cats while preg. it is more unlikely for her to be allergic. Latley though i've walked into her nursury and found that this is where my cat likes to go stay. She'll jump in her crib and bassinett and sleep. I've tried to keep the door shut but somehow he keeps getting in there. What should I do?!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:43 AM on Dec. 15, 2008 in Pets

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  • I forgot to add that im still pregnant. Im 35 weeks it's not like she is jumping in the crib with her now. lol Although im worried she might. :(
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • When we used a bassinet we put a window screen over it to keep the cats out. They never went into the crib, at least when the baby was in there. As far as whether the little one will be allergic, according to my doctor it is possible. My DIL is allergic, but my granddaughter isn't at all.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 9:57 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • Skin allergies are the only allergies that are about 60% genetic.
    But, dander allergies (animals, dust, ect) are very,very common, so yes, it is possible.
    oliviasmomma09

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 11:05 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • thats something you won't know until you have the baby and it is likely. i got mine from my dad as well. i'm allergic to cats but not that bad. later after your cats passes you could get that hairless cat. i know the name i had one but can't remember what the name is for them. brain freeze.
    melody77

    Answer by melody77 at 2:04 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • We put a screen door on our kids room. The lock is on the outside and a latch on the inside. Keeps out cats,dogs and others as well and you can look in all the time. You will have to wait to see if dd develops allergies. And if so, you will then have to choose what you should do.Till then try not to worry too much about something that may or may not happen in the future. You have enough to do now...good luck and take care.
    doglovergranny

    Answer by doglovergranny at 2:23 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • It is possible, but it doesn't mean that your baby will have the allergy.
    bookay

    Answer by bookay at 2:41 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • Just because your dh is allergic to cats does not mean your child will be too. My dad is highly allergic to cats- my sis and I are not. I have had cats since before my children were born, and none of my kids are allergic to cats.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • Our children are more likely to have more allergies when they are in a household that is w/o pets, then opposed to a house that has pets. about the cat in the crib, mine was sleeping in our before sone #1 came along. Scared her out of it w/ a really loud noise. She never went in there again. Killed me to do it to her but my son was going to be sleeping w/o a cat in the crib. If you can't keep kitty out of the room when baby comes put up a screendoor. this works to keep kitty out and you can keep other door open to hear baby. This worked for some friends of mine.
    just1moment

    Answer by just1moment at 5:44 PM on Dec. 16, 2008

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