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Partner allergic to cat- help!

We adopted a kitten a little over a week ago, it was actually more my partner's idea than mine (although I love cats so had no problem with it). She's doing quite well.

But, of course, we got home and suddenly my partner's allergies started acting up. The cat's scratches cause an immediate reaction as well- itching, swelling, it looks like bug bites. My partner's been taking OTC allergy meds non-stop but it isn't doing too much.

Thankfully, kiddo hasn't shown any signs of problems and my partner isn't the type to de-home an animal over this- but we do need to figure out an option. We don't have insurance at the moment, are there any natural or inexpensive remedies?

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One thing that helps me is to have my bedroom completely pet free and keep it super clean. That gives me an 8 hour break at night. I also use a netti pot 2-3 times a day. All of my allergies other me less when I use my juicer to make fresh vegies juices, and consume green smoothies.

When you have insurance again, cats are one of the things you can do allergy shots for. I'm doing allergy shots now and I'm excited about really getting to the root of the problem.
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I have two cats and I love them to death, but I get severe allergies when they go without a bath for a while. They walk through dust, dirt and develop dander (which most people with cat allergies are allergic to). I bathe them at least once a month to rid them of these. Also, Zyrtec and Mucinex work for the allergy flare ups by relieving my congestion and sneezing. There are also store brands that are cheaper (Walgreens, Krogers, Walmart, etc) and they usually act exactly like the name brands.
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Thanks for the suggestion! I forgot that I had hypo-allergenic cats as a kid and if they went too long without a bath, they started aggravating my mom's allergies. I think we'll definitely need to do regular baths.

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One thing that helps me is to have my bedroom completely pet free and keep it super clean. That gives me an 8 hour break at night.

That is what helped my DH with our cats. He also vacuums the house at least every other day. This isn't particularly attractive, but we also put sheets over the soft furniture during the day or when we are out, take them off when we use the living room, then throw those in the wash regularly. Our dog is non-shedding
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I do think part of the problem is vaccuuming. While we were getting adjusted to me working, things like vacuuming got kind of ignored. We're going to work harder on keeping the house clean now, so that should help. Thanks for the suggestions!

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