Cats allergic to people?

I'm allergic to cats. I like cats just fine, in fact, I think they're great, they just turn me into a sneezing and sniffling wreck. And now researchers are finding that just like some people are allergic to cats, some cats may be allergic to people!

PJ the Cat

Feline asthma is a common condition in cats - one of every 200 has the disease. Researchers are exploring how the lifestyles of the people who live with cats are possibly causing asthma attacks. Cats who live exclusively indoors are more likely to develop feline asthma as their exposure to household dust, dust or other chemical vapors from their kitty litter, cigarette smoke (if they live with a smoker), human dandruff and pollen from household plants is much higher.

Research in the study of human asthma has suggested a link between bacterial Mycoplasma infection and a worsening of asthmatic symptoms. Studies conducted in the United States and Australia report finding Mycoplasma in a fifth of all lung fluid samples from cats with asthma.

If you have a cat that suffers from asthma, researchers suggest that you remove possible triggers from your home, and switch from a granule based litter to a newspaper based product. Personally, I'm looking forward to the day when hypoallergenic cats are inexpensive and generally available.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Lillian Speakman's picture
Lillian Speakman says:

Cats are cool. We have some at home. The bad thing is that my dad is allergic to them. Cats are my favorite animals. My dad is real nice about it. He says that they can stay if they stay by the barn. Cats help alot! If you have a mouse problem, they'll help. The best thing they do is be your pet! I LOVE CATS!!!!

posted on Fri, 12/30/2005 - 2:04pm
Grace Bell's picture
Grace Bell says:

Yea! I like cats to. You're lucky! I don't even have a cat and none of my family is allergic to them but I have chickens and goats. The chickens names Lewis, Tsuni, and Sinny (roosters), and Willa, Eula , Snow White, Tacy, Tib, Brownie, Honey, Rosemary and Susette. Honey is my specail one. The goats names are Jumper and Rosaline. Rosaline is mine.

posted on Fri, 12/30/2005 - 5:40pm
Taylor Harren's picture
Taylor Harren says:

I wish I could have a cat but my dad is alergic to them and i wish that I could have a dog but my brother does not like them.

posted on Sun, 01/01/2006 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cats are so pretty and cute

posted on Fri, 01/06/2006 - 11:34am
candy's picture
candy says:

I do have a cat I have it for 2-years, he is an indoor cat, my dad smokes.& my brother says that he has a breathing problem. I am not having any breathing problems. But they want me to get rid of my cat, but I am attached to him, hes like a baby to me I don't know what do I need your advice.My dad thinks that my brother may be allergic to it. Please get back to me,soon!

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 2:12am
bryan kennedy's picture

As someone who's allergic to cats I can sympathize with this perspective. But your brother could be breathing odd for a myriad of reasons and only a doctor should diagnose an allergy. That would be the safest way to find out if your cat is affecting your brother. There have been some breakthroughs in treating cat allergies and even breading a non-allergic cat.

And sorry, to get all preachy, but there is no excuse for an adult to be smoking indoors with children around. You don't need a doctor to know that this is very unhealthy for developing lungs as well as adults.

posted on Mon, 02/05/2007 - 11:17am
williamson's picture
williamson says:

why is that people say, that asthma goes away for ever when you have a chihuahua dog

posted on Sat, 03/20/2010 - 2:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what are the symptons to this? My cat is eight years old and for the past.. Maybe year everytime I go near her she sneezes on me! Is she allergiv to me!? Loll

posted on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 12:36pm

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