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I desperately want a pet. Two goldfish just ain't cutting it. I've always loved cats and would love to have another one, but my BIL is so severely allergic that it means he would NEVER get to come visit. They live out of town so our house is the "hotel house", and it's just not worth it to basically shun him from my house for a cat. So what I'm looking for is a pet that's like a cat - independent, mellow, can roam the house without worrying about peeing all over or chewing up the furniture, litter-trainable, etc. Not too demanding, eh?
Any suggestions? I'm not at all opposed to "alternative" pets like ferrets or chinchillas, either.
 

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Originally Posted by phatchristy View Post
For all you know, your brother and law might not mind having to take a pill or two when he visits. My girlfriend considered it a treat since she could never have a cat at home.


Actually, when I still lived with my mom she put the cats downstairs the night before they were supposed to come over, shampooed all the carpets, vacuumed all the furniture and covered them with sheets, AND he took his allergy meds before he came over and he was still outside wheezing after an hour.
: I have NEVER seen anyone with allergies to cats this bad (although I admit I don't know a whole lot of people with cat allergies, but this is CRAZY).

Hmmm, a small pig... You know, I always wanted a potbellied pig when I was little...
 

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Just to warn you if you are really concerned about your BIL's allergies.... lots of people with cat allergies have allergies to other furry mammals too. I am definitely allergic to cats and somewhat allergic to rabbits, ferrets, and some dogs. If your BIL is that highly allergic, you might want to have him test out the chosen animal before committing to it.
Ah crap. I know he's okay with ferrets as they "inherited" some when they bought a house once.

I may have to talk DH into getting guinea pigs again. We had two at one point but had to give them away when our landlord (after a year without a single complaint) pitched a fit because the hallway smelled and blamed it on our pigs (um, you don't think the fact that the roof leaked whenever it rained or the fact that the neighbors left there garbage bags out in the hall had anything to do with it?
: ) I do miss my piggies...
 

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My shih tzu is just like a cat... except she can't mouse and goes potty outside lol

She lays on the top of the couch... loves cats, and will rub her head against your ankle when she walks by you... we call her the cat dog.
We had a dog like that when I was younger. She wasn't the brightest thing and we think she took her behavior cues from our cats.
 

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A small dog can be paper-trained. If you adopt an older chihuahua or miniature poodle from rescue, you might find one that's just as neurotic and crazy as a cat.
Dog dander is allergenic, of course, but it's not nearly as tenacious or sticky as the feline fel d 1 protein, which can last for over a year. Dog dander is much easier to clean up/filter.

I react to pretty much all critters with hair or feathers. I can't last more than a few minutes in a house with cats (require loads of meds, caffeine, and an open window). And some folks are allergic to pot-bellied pigs. Explore a bit, though. You may find something which works for you.
We were thinking of a dog, I would actually love a dog, but again comes in the angle of both of us working full-time. Even if we could paper-train a small dog, which wouldn't be so bad, wouldn't s/he get depressed being alone for such a long time? I've always heard dogs (for the most part) are more social and are therefore more prone to depression if they're left alone a lot.
 

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