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December 28, 2011 at 7:47 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Letting Your Cat in the Bedroom Increases Adults' Risk of Allergies

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Time to learn more about your lovely pet cat. Welcome back to The Scratchpad.

I’ve always heard that if you get a cat when your child is young, they are less likely to develop allergies to your pet. What about adults? If someone decides it’s time to have a pet cat when they are older and they never had one growing up do they have less or more of a risk of allergies?

Having a cat for your first time as an adult can increase the likelihood of acquiring allergies towards pet dander. According to the researchers in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology,

“acquiring a cat increases the risk of cat sensitization in adulthood, particularly when the cat is allowed in the bedroom.”

A survey was taken of 14,138 over the course of 8.6 years. They tested each person to see how sensitive they became to the cat. Out of that many people, 231 (3.7%) developed sensitivity to cat dander. And each of those 231 people had let their cat into the bedroom. Those in the study who did not let their cat into their bedroom, did not develop any allergies.

3.7% isn’t a huge range of people that were affected with an increase in allergies, but an employee of the Allergy and Asthma Care Centre says people should still be careful when deciding to get a cat.

“If you are an adult with asthma and/or allergies, you should think twice about getting a cat and particularly, if you do so, letting it into your bedroom.”

My take? It’s good to be aware that letting a cat into your bedroom when you are an adult may cause you to develop allergies. But, it’s not the end of the world. Sometimes snuggling with your pet trumps the runny nose or sneezes that can come with it.

Would you (or do you) let your cat in the bedroom? Why or why not?

References:

http://www.medpagetoday.com/AllergyImmunology/Allergy/30407

http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Cats-increase-allergy-risk-in-adults-study-20111228

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