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geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 12:55 PM

SHOULD I DIVORCE HIM?

My recouperation from pneumonia, bronchitis and sinusitis the past six weeks didn't seem to be helped by two cats sitting on my lap last night, causing my breathing to be affected. I wondered aloud if I might be allergic to them. My husband of 49 years looked at me and said, "Oh honey, I hope you're not allergic to the cats...I'd hate to get rid of you!" Well, see if they can cook as well as I do! He'll be sorry.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 1:13 PM

After 49 years, you should not throw in the towel. I would see to it however that he is deprived of your services in more than 1 way.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 1:24 PM

I know...I'll play Sploofus twice as much as I do now! Thanks, Marsha.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 5:16 PM


I was discovered to be allergic to our two cats some years back. This news was met by blank stares and shrugs from my family.

Now one of the cats, I kid you not, spends every non-waking moment of the day, which is approximately 23 hours and 45 minutes, sleeping on my bed, on my pillow.

No wonder I'm all messed up and like to say "penis" a lot...

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3778)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 5:38 PM

And they wonder why husbands die younger than their wives...we want to.

No sense of humor at all. Shave the cat and ask how do you like me, now.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 5:59 PM

OK, I shaved the cat.

stone
Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 6:03 PM

Give the cats a weekly bath to decrease the dander. If the cats protest too much, drug them. Ask your vet if you can give 'em a 25 mg Benedryl or get a mild prescription sedative.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 6:30 PM


That's not what we meant, Easy.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 8:57 PM

Cat allergies are most often caused by cat saliva and their sweat, not dander. Bathing them will not help and may hurt, because they need to secrete more oils to make up for the ones that are washed away (not to mention the stab, slash and puncture wounds you may suffer from the bathing process!)

I am also allergic to cats (See my profile for my unique "treatment" for cat allergies--get more cats!) but I've developed an immunity to my own cats over time. I still have to take antihistamines when I'm around other people's cats, but it's definitely worth it to me.

I was working at a Pizza place in a college town and one of the college guys who worked for me came in to work one frigid winter day with red eyes, red nose, cough and sneezing...a total mess. I asked him what was up, and he told me that there was a kitten who was hanging around their apartment and he didn't want to leave the little thing out in the cold, so he brought him in for the night although he had dreadful cat allergies. I was surprised that he was so sick by just having the kitten in the house, and said so. He said, "Well, he wasn't just in the house...he was so cold, I let him sleep under my covers with me!" My estimation of this guy rose about 1000% after hearing that.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 11:43 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions. I seem to be a lot better today so maybe the cats and husband won't have to get rid of me! I couldn't live without pets around.

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 13th Dec '07 11:49 PM

The answer to your question is YES !


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.8 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 4:39 AM

Stay with him, Geo.
Sounds like a good all-American male to me.

jeanette2103
Jeanette2103  (Level: 51.3 - Posts: 4)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 8:18 AM

this is so true and all us pet owners and lovers can relate to it

Dear Dogs and Cats
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food.
The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note,
placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not
stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that
aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a
racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping
me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very
sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the
couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up
in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep
perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent
possible. I also know that sticking
tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to
maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If
by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door
shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the
knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door
open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have
been using the bathroom for years - canine or feline attendance is
not mandatory.
The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's
butt. I cannot stress this enough!
To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message
on our front door:
Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About
Our Pets:
1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the
furniture.(That's why they call it "fur"niture.)
3. I like my pets a lot better than most people.
4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted
son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't
speak clearly.
Dogs and cats are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for
money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called,
never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't
smoke or drink, don't worry about having to buy the latest
fashions, don't wear your clothes, and don't need a gazillion
dollars for college - and if they get pregnant, you can sell the
children.





stone
Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 8:31 AM

Jeannette, love your sentiments. As for bathing them, when my allergies were worse, I bathed mine. My last one just died in March. He was 19.5 years old. Now, my neighbors 2 cats come in the cat door and Gussie buys more cat food now than we did before. They make themselves at home. Their owner knows he can leave for a trip and his cats will be fine. Maybe I missed the point b/c I've had cats longer than any man.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 8:34 AM

Good laughs, Joel/Donna! Thanks!

Geo, don't divorce him. After half a century married he'd be completely helpless on his own. You'll just have to have him put down.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 8:42 AM

Whoever wrote that must have had a weimaraner.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 11:44 AM

Some great thoughts, here! Don't worry, I love him to death, or is it until death? 49 years is a looong time. Besides, I want to be around to see what creative thing three kids are going to think of to celebrate our 50th next year!

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 2:26 PM

On the other hand, in response to the latter part of Jeanette's post, don't ask me to visit unless you plan to make your pets behave AND clean the litter box/air the house first. Just a little input from someone who believes that I can love you without loving your dog or cat.

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 2:07 PM

Jeanette that sums up a lot of sentiments & is hilarious to those of us who get to experience such antics. I too am not allowed to go to the bathroom alone if others are in the house. I've found it to be much more aggravating to try and close the door on them. Especially, Sassy since she has to witness the water swirling & swishing to its exit. You would think she gets actual food most of the time the toilet flushes.
But one of the worse things can be them taking a dump in the litter box 30 seconds before they absolutely have to go outside.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 2:36 PM


Lost in all this is the uncommented upon fact that Easy shaved her cat.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 2:56 PM

Not really all that remarkable. She does it all the time.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 2:59 PM

It's gonna be all itchy and irritable when it starts growing back.

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 3:06 PM

a lot of people do it, that's why we didn't feel the urge to comment on it.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 5:06 PM


I gotta get my wife on this board.

er....I mean my cat.

tibby
Tibby  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 66)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 7:25 PM

Here's a trick instead of bathing the cat -

Get a couple of papertowels damp and wipe the cat down daily. Throw away the paper towels.

A lot of cat allergies are caused by saliva which dries on their fur when they goom themselves and then flakes off and gets all over. Wiping them down regularly can cut down on the dried saliva flakes. Don't use a cloth towel and reuse it because the alergens will still be in your environment.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 7:38 PM

Those towels might bring a pretty penny on Ebay.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 8:23 PM

My cat has long gray hair, which during the winter, gets all matted and nasty. Each spring, I shave my cat, but only in the places where the hair is matted, so it ends up with a bald racing stripe down each side.

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 8:33 PM

smaug, if your cat does submit, long enough to achieve the proper effect it may be only fair to torture the dog in same sense; i mean just so he doesn't feel left out. And that way he won't tease your cat about the groovy new 'do'.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 11:29 PM


Are we all talking about the same thing?

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:03 AM

I'm talking about the same thing.

Can't be sure about all of you.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 1:10 AM


My cat is sort of salt and pepper, and I hate the white part, so I try to carefully trim that off from time to time. I think it makes him feel old.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 2:59 AM

Yeah, I like the dark meat better too.

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 7:36 AM

Robin -

> "Cat allergies are most often caused by cat saliva and their sweat, not dander. Bathing them will not help and may hurt, because they need to secrete more oils to make up for the ones that are washed away ..."

There's a few points that are not quite accurate here! For a start, cats don't sweat at all, except a tiny bit through the pads of their paws, so that's definitely not a factor. The 'dander' you wash off when you bath them is dried saliva from them washing themselves, so yes, the allergies are caused by their saliva (or to be more accurate, a protein that is in that saliva) but that saliva *is* the dander. And, of course, cats that are used to being bathed from kittenhood don't mind it, so you don't get the injuries, plus the oils in their coats are not one of the things that cause the allergies, so their presence doesn't matter - and as long as you use proper shampoos (and if necessary conditioners) to do it, the cat shouldn't be harmed in anyway.


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