DD2 is 5 and has struggled with respiratory issues her entire life. She has been on inhalers since 1 year of age and at age 3 we had to go to Singular as well which had been controlling her asthma. Until this last winter. She was sick the entire winter, literally with a new illness every single week, she hasn't attended a full week of school since November. Her asthma was completely out of control. Early April we decided to do allergy testing to see if anything was setting her off. Testing came back with allergies to grass, trees, pollens, dust mites, etc... and cats, she reacted very strongly to cats. We have 2 indoor cats.
Within days of the testing we went off on a 2.5 week vacation with zero animal contact where she was an entirely different child. No constant clear runny nose that she always has, no black circles under eyes, she slept well. no coughing. Within 2 days of being home again, she was sick once more. We just got back from another shorter trip in our state where once again her runny nose stopped while we were gone. I have my answer despite me wishing it was not so, she is allergic to our cats. DD2 is too hyper for our cats, they stay away from her, she rarely touches them. They sleep upstairs in our loft. I have always keep them out of her bedroom because of her asthma. One is a long hair, the other a siamese. I have always been against outdoor cats for obvious reasons. It is even more troublesome in my area where bears, coyotes, and mountain lions do roam around. Our long haired cat is my eldest DD's, she has had him since she was very little, and attached doesn't begin to describe how she feels about him. Anyone have any suggestions?