Any way to easily tell the difference? A few days before getting our cat, I started with seasonal allergies. Then after getting the cat, my dh started sneezing/congestion. Itchy eyes too. I am hoping none of this is related to the cat, however, at times when I've held cats and their fur has touched my bare arms, I've developed a slight rash. I don't know if my skin is very sensitive as I've gotten rashes like that from body care products too.