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Friday, January 07, 2011 Bill, Community Member, asks

Q: Could a cat in a downstairs apartment affect my cat allergies?

My downstairs neighbor asked if she could get a cat. It's a two-family, I own the house, and can tell her no. However, I like her and her son and would like to say yes as it seems like the right thing to do. I have pretty bad cat allergies; could this affect me in the apartment above? I don't want to take risks that I don't need to. Getting asthma or lung problems is not an interest of mine. I've never lived near a cat. I am 30 and had pneumonia about two years ago (a bad cold developed over a month or so and I recovered well) so my lungs could be somewhat sensitive, although I don't know if they are.


I have my opinions. I'm inclined to think it will be fine, but a part of me says it could be trouble. I just don't know what the factors of being in an apartment above a cat are. The HVAC is separate. I don't know details about my cat allergies, just that i was tested and the results were 'maximum' allergic in a scratch test.


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By Bill, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/07/11, First Published: 01/07/11