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  •  My son was 4 when he was diagnosed with asthma. (12+ / 0-)

    The specialist told me to take his cat, who had been in the family since he was born, to a shelter. Immediately.

    "Are your heartless, or have you never heard of holistic medicine?" I asked him. "This little boy will not only grieve the loss of his pet, he'll blame himself." I kept the pootie out of his bedroom and started him on various allergy shots; I did not give his pet away.

    "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

    by KelleyRN2 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:20:23 PM PDT

    •  My foster son had asthma. (9+ / 0-)

      His doctor recommended we get rid of my two cats as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.  We both were alarmed and upset by the suggestion.

      As it happened, it was time for a routine vet check, so I brought the matter up with her.  I was hoping she might know of a good home for our little guys.  Instead, she cited a then recent study that showed that bathing the cats was effective in 96% of cases of cat allergy/sensitivity in humans, and that a monthly regimen was usually sufficient (although in some cases weekly bathing was required).

      As you might imagine, the cats did not immediately take kindly to this new ritual being introduced into their lives.  However, I think it was less traumatic for them than adopting them out to a strange home, even a good one.  And, it was certainly less traumatic for us, even counting the battles and resulting scratches the first few times we did the dunk.

      Anyway, it worked.

      The recommended procedure was warm, not hot water, and application of a few drops of pure, unscented liquid castille soap -- not even enough to make much lather, and easy to rinse.  (I found it in our local natural food store.  It's a little spendy, but since it only takes a few drops, a small bottle lasts a very long time.)

      Ad creandos magis et meliores democratas. h/t to codairem for correcting my dreadful Latin grammar.

      by jgilhousen on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:40:01 PM PDT

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      •  Some studies recommend distilled water only, (9+ / 0-)

        IIRC. Whichever, it's much preferable to making a child feel responsible for sending a pet away. (Or worse.)

        "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

        by KelleyRN2 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:44:29 PM PDT

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      •  Allerpet-C (8+ / 0-)

        I need to get some more of this but this also helps a lot with pet dander and you don't actually have to bathe the cats.

        Allerpet-C

        "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

        by michelewln on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 02:45:00 PM PDT

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        •  I had seen Allerpet-C brochures at my vet's office (5+ / 0-)

          but it said it was to be used in conjunction with regular brushing and bathing, so I didn't see the point.

          I only have one cat now, and my foster son has been living independently for some time.  I do still regularly bathe Maximillian P. Katz (the "P," of course, is for "Pootie") because I believe (but have not had clinically confirmed) that I have a low-grade cat allergy.  Also, Max was not happy as a completely confined indoor cat, so I let him out in the daytime to play "great grey hunter."  We live on a country road, so he comes in at night on beyond filthy.  Since he's been bathed regularly since kitenhood, there's no struggle.  He even actually purrs while I'm bathing him.  Although, sometimes he's done before I think we've really finished the job.

          Ad creandos magis et meliores democratas. h/t to codairem for correcting my dreadful Latin grammar.

          by jgilhousen on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 03:16:59 PM PDT

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