Cat advice for allergic family
My family has toyed with the idea of getting a kitten for a long time, but never acted on it because of all the questions that come up around this. Neither my husband nor I have ever had a pet at home, so we are really clueless. One issue has to do with allergies - my 4-year-old and I have "reactive airways syndrome", and I know I am mildly allergic to (at least some) cats. It doesn't show up immediately as sneezing or itchy eyes, rather, an overnight stay in a home where a cat lives will trigger breathing symptoms (like wheezing, shortness of breath). I have heard that some breeds are "hypo-allergenic", such as Russian Blues. What are people's experiences with breeds vs. allergies/breathing issues? Are there steps one can take to decrease the incidence of allergy symptoms in the home? Also, we would like our cat to be able to roam indoors/outdoors - are there breeds that are better adapted for this kind of lifestyle? Finally, I am pregnant and worry a bit about toxoplasmosis. Should we just wait until baby is born? (of course I will get advice from my OB, but it's always nice to hear about people's experiences) Many thanks!