I learned after some time of having them, that I am allergic to both cats and dogs. I thought the allergy results were odd because I had no signs or symptoms of allergies. Years later I developed a cough and never thought of my pets, and yesterday during a breathing test that tests your lung capacity, I found out my airways are somewhat blocked. I could not take a deep enough breath and then let it all out at once. I began taking an inhaler last year to use as needed. Now Ive been placed on a stronger one. And I was very much afraid when the doctor said the results of the breathing test were similar to someone with COPD. !!!
I was floored, but am taking steps to be away from my pets as MUCH as I can. I really cant give them away. The dog and older cat have a few more years. But no more of the younger cat sleeping at my feet. She's not allowed in my room at all-- I had a hard time last night when she begged to come in. Vacuuming everyday and washing anything that comes into contact with them. And the young cat will be given to a daughter once I move.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.