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 Post subject: Cat Allergies
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:33 am 
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Hello,

So I'm pretty allergic to the darn things. Nevertheless, my roommate decided to get a cat. I live on the first floor and he (and the cat) are on the third floor. Still, he obviously will still be in other parts of our house. How airborne are dander particles? We don't have central air but he does have a window unit in his room. I'm assuming that if, for example, he is playing with it and gets dander and hair on his shirt and then sits on the living room couch, that I'm probably going to react to being on the couch. Is this correct?

We also use the same washer and dryer. Can allergens spread through that too?

Any suggestions on how to deal with this?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:49 am 
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Can you get a large dog?

Just kidding...sort of :roll:

What type of heat do you have? Forced air with a cold air return would quickly spread hair and dander all through the house while radiators would not.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:52 am 
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Haha that would be a nice solution. I would never ever hurt the cay though.

We have standard gas heat with a blower built into the furnace. The intake actually comes from the living room. I don't know that much about the our heating more than this though.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:57 am 
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So that means the air is recirculated through your home...not good for cat allergies. Does you roommate know about your allergies? Did you discuss rules about pets? How much discomfort are you prepared to put up with?

You may want to make it clear early on that this might pose a problem. If it comes down to the ultimatum of either the cat going or you going, you want the roommate to have a heads up.

Are you both on the lease?

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Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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