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Shane
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From:Lexington Park, Md
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-24-2003 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shane     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, everyone. Thanks for your time.
I really don't like cats, I'm sorry. But my room mate has a cat that he will not get rid of. Cat hair makes me sick to the point where I can barely open my eyes. So, we have agreed that the cat can stay as long as it reamins in his room. Well, the cat sheds a lot and it manages to make it's way out of his room and into the rest of the house. It's not a huge problem yet, but I want to prevent it from becoming one. Like I said, I don't like cats, but I'm trying to compromise here.
My question, does anyone know of any sort of device (air filter, etc.) or any tricks that would help keep the cat hair in his area and out of mine?
I would be very aprreacitve if someone could offer me some advice.
Thank you.

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sarah207
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posted 08-24-2003 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sarah207     Edit/Delete Message
i dont think its a very good idea to come on a cat forum and say u dont like cats...
but anyway.....
we just take our cats out like a few times a week and brush them and it helps a little...just make sure u do it outside...
but our cats dont shed a lot so its not really a problem for us...

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Shane
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From:Lexington Park, Md
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posted 08-24-2003 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shane     Edit/Delete Message
It's not actually cats tahat I have a problem with. It's just the fact that I am allergic to the hair. It's a real pain for me.
Anyways, thanks for the suggestion. I guess that would be the logical thing to do.

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blaklilac
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From:Louisiana
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posted 08-24-2003 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blaklilac     Edit/Delete Message
if the fur does manage to come out quite often, and if you have the time, dust and vacuum frequently (nobody likes to do it, but it should help)

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 08-24-2003 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
They have filters, like ionic and hepa air filters that should help. Also brushing the cat regularly. If it has long hair, your roommate could get it groomed. I am allergic to cats too, but I love them. I take Claritin when my allergies act up, and it helps a lot. They have it OTC at grocery stores and Wal-mart.

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Thorn
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From:Atlanta, GA
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posted 08-25-2003 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thorn     Edit/Delete Message
they also make anti-dander wipes that the cat owner can wipe his cat down with. also make sure there is no space between his door (like underneath) and the common areas of the house.

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Cat
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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 08-25-2003 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
How about taking allergy meds??

I'm allergic to cats (and I still love them btw) and I use a vacuum with a Hepa filter. Seems to work well. I also keep the windows open to circulate air frequently.

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Michiko
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From:Glasgow, England
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posted 09-01-2003 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michiko     Edit/Delete Message
My friend, Erik, had the same problem you do when he came to visit me for a few weeks in my small studio apartment...And I have 6 cats, 2 with long hair!


First, I went out to Walmart and bought an air purifier, I vaccumed my place every other day and after the vaccuming I sprayed Allergy Fabreeze. (That stuff is great!) And once a week I turned off the A/C, opened a window and turned on the ceiling fan. I also brushed my cats once a week, and afterwards I bathed them with either a wet wash rag or Pet Wipes.


All of this really helped Erik, espically the Allergy Fabreeze. I hope this helps.

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Michiko

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maggie4
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From:charleston WV USA
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posted 02-10-2004 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for maggie4     Edit/Delete Message
I am allergic to cats, but have 6, 4 long-haired (5 are rescues that I couldn't part from).
Here are some extra ideas:
Wet a pet brush/comb and brush out briefly daily to catch loose fur. You may want to limit this to one room such as the bathroom and then use a handy wipe to clean up any stray hair on the floor, etc. The wetness on the brush seems to help with static and smooths out fur. If you groom your pet often, he will not have to groom himself as much. Most people are not actually allergic to the fur but to enzymes in the cats saliva - which they transfer to the coat when grooming.
Use a good lint brush on anything the cat sits on. You can use a clothing de-baller for some furniture. We use a wirey cat brush to get hair out of thick spot rugs. You may also get special, fairly inexpensive, pet mats that are supposed to catch pet fur and are soft and tempting for pets. It may encourage the cat to stay in certain areas rather than on furniture. Using an inexpensive allergy mask (get from a Dr.'s office or from a hardware store such as Lowes), can help you while cleaning because you may breath in hair ie. while vacuuming. By the way, vacuum regularly. Even having a handy small vacuum (dirt buster) can help for small areas. Use allergy reducing products such fabreeze. Allergy shots can help too, not just for the cat allergy but for others that you may have also.
Make sure that the cat does not go into your room. Then you will have a room to go into, esp. for sleep, which should ease your symptoms some. You may also put an air purifier in your home/esp. bedroom and possibly a cool mist humidifier to sleep by. It's often good to have these in the dry winter months anyway. Also, ask your Dr. for advise. Cats make wonderful companions. They respond to how they are treated. In general, if you show them love, they return it. I think that it would be really hard for any cat lover to give up their pet. Try to find a compromise!

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