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Is An Allergy to Cats Partly in the Mind? — 8 Comments

  1. I agree that for many, their cat allergy symptoms are psychosomatic. Strange how dander never affects them unless a cat is also present 😉

    A childhood friend did suffer an extreme reaction to their pet cat, but her only symptom was several fatty cysts which suddenly developed on her body and face. The local hospital were baffled and sent samples away for further analysis. She was very unhappy with the results because it meant her parents re-homed the cat.

  2. According to my MIL my husband was so allergic to the world he should have been in a bubble. And in the next breath she would tell how they kept baby goats in their children’s rooms at night. They had dogs, cats, rabbits and poultry.
    I believe this claim was self serving to her own needs. We have cats in the house and I have yet to see a horrible allergic reaction. In fact his only allergies are outside during high pollen season.
    There are people who are truly allergic but I don’t think it’s so easy to claim I’m allergic to cats. It is one of the big reasons cats are dumped at shelters. And in most cases I think it’s an absolute lie.

  3. It is my belief that true allergies to cats is rare.
    Dander, ofcourse, could render an asthmatic attack with some people. But, for the most part, people who claim to be allergic, just dislike cats.
    I’ve seen and heard it a thousand times. I’m of the age where I have asked people to hold or come near a cat (with the understanding that I will pay any medical bills), just to see if they develop weeping eyes, red noses, and sneezing. Not one has accepted my offer.
    They are bogus.

  4. This is not surprising. I know someone who claims to be allergic to cats. Her symptoms only appear when her husband wants to visit and she doesn’t. Her fake sneezing starts when she’s ready to leave.

    How do I know it’s fake? She’s stayed the entire weekend several times over maby years without any problems.

    If she were as highly allergic as she pretends to be, her symptoms would be present when we visit her as our clothes carry cat hair every where we go.

    • Neat and thanks for commenting on this. I have a feeling that quite a lot of cat allergies are in the mind or just deliberate for a convenient reason of the type you have referred to.

    • Exactly. It’s a fake allergy.
      My clothing, my home, my car is filled with cat hair and dander. No one coming in contact with any of this could fain allergies.
      Any true friend would tell you, upfront, that they just don’t care for cats.
      I would respect that more than a lie.

    • Just to clear the air, we have a different friend that is truly allergic to cats, even though he has outdoor cats. Once he has come in contact with one, he needs to clean the area to prevent a legitimate and visible reaction. They also affect his breathing.

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