Some of the visits went like this.... Allergic partner would come in, Momma would introduce them to a few of us sociable girls with the floofier coats and immediately they would stroke us and then, to our horror, rub their faces in the hands and scrub their eyes and after a few minutes of rubbing and groping about their persons, they would announce to the other half that they were allergic to this one too. 'Too', I think? So how many poor unsuspecting cats are you rubbing all over your faces?
On one of the visits, a woman dropped Faith because she felt 'itchy' and Faith's knee cap was dislodged after being dropped and hitting the hard decking. They were escorted off the premises by ManSLave as could not stop laughing as Faith was screaming in pain and Momma was trying to put her knee back into it's slot. They didn't even text or mail to ask if she was OK, then had the audacity to ask for another visit 6months later. Foxtrot Oscar people. This is an itch free zone!
True allergy sufferers and true cat lovers do go together and Momma now asks more questions to those who have allergies. The majority of them get bored with the questions and don't get back to us and others persevere and then they can have a visit. One such sufferer was a small boy who was not allergic to their old Devon Rex but was to their new one? So she had to go and live with grandma. It came as such a shock as the poor mite was covered in a terrible rash. But loving her so much, this young man persevered and never gave up and now, 3 years later, he takes much care loving his surrogate kitty and makes sure he washes his hands and doesn't touch his face. That's real love. The kitty was so unsure of why he was unsure that she always gave him a wide berth. So animals do know I guess? Being older now, he understands the implications of loving the little cat and takes measures to enjoy her in their own special way.
ManSlave, here at Maystar, is terribly allergic but he chooses to manage the allergy on a daily basis with antihistamines and HEPA filters. Momma vacuums a lot and covers up the main beds so the fur and dander don't infiltrate the bedding or the pillows especially. Of course, loving us as he does, he has a permanent blocked sniffer. Of course, he invites us into the bed for snuggles under his knees and he is often found rolling around the kitchen floor with Ikon or rubbing his face into kitten bellies and kissing them. But if you love something, you get on with it. And, as he says, unless he moves to the seaside or spain and stays away from every smell going, he will always have a bunged up sniffer!
I don't help ManSlave at all. Each morning when it's time for his shower, I leap into his side of the bed and wash myself all over, then roll all over his pillows and sheets. Then, once he is dressed I jump onto his shoulder and rub my body against his head and ride about until he gets the freeze dried beef out. After that I get my wiggly worm for some fast speedy playtime and stir up the dust in the lounge for him to breathe in. Ikon, on hearing any bathroom door, will run to ManSlave and turn his butt to be picked up. Ikon is floofy and so soft that humans can't help but kiss him and Ikon responds with air padding paws and purring. You can hear the purring all over the house and in we all pile to the smallest room in the house with no filters and door ajar, to saturate ManSlaves breathing space. We position ourselves on his shoulders at his feet, in the sink, anywhere we can get purchase and smother him in allergens. Oh, is it such good fun. Outside you can hear Momma say. "Have you had your antihistamines?"
When Momma brought Ikon on the plane home from Poland, the flight attendant went stir crazy saying she was so allergic to cats and made such a huge fuss about him being on the plane. She went on to complain about others who could be allergic too and how she can't breathe so Momma said politely "So why are you still standing here?" She was a nasty bit of cat hater and the nicer attendant said Ikon could sit out of his carrier and to ignore his moaning colleague, he has made her stay at the far end of the plane. As it was, Ikon wouldn't stay in the carrier and had a tantrum at take off and during the flight would not stay in his carrier and had to be held as he was terrified. The people around were fine and we had an extra seat. Momma was pleased when all flights out of Amsterdam were delayed as she took Ikon on the train instead to meet ManSlave! Silly anti cat people. Take a pill - a chill pill!
Of course, allergies are serious things and after King Slinky's demise we thought we would never see anything like that again, except, now there is also me in the mix with foods. Mainly fish to be honest, and if I kept my nebby sniffer out of the fish tanks, I too would have a break from itchy skin. OK, OK, so I don't go fishing, but I am a particularly good thief! Momma is terribly allergic to barley and wheat and it only just dawned on her that Lillibet and Faith's diet food has wheat in it and she keeps touching her face after feeding them and she kisses them lots and they will have washed themselves with wheaty saliva and in turn Momma's lips get puffy from the transfer. I suppose, in these days of implants and collagen, just come and kiss a cat!!!
Allergies to cats can come in a few forms. Allergy to saliva of the cat which is very common and tends to cause the awful skin irritation and blotchy red and itchy skin rashes. Or, there is the dander part of us that comes from our skin, and yours by the way!! This is the kind of thing that causes the breathing difficulties, blocked nose, itchy or watery eyes. A bit like hayfever. Then there is the fur on us and although we do not shed very much fur at all, we still do shed and those little bits of fur get up peoples sniffers and tickle inside their heads. Then there are just some folk that don't want a cat at all and make up such rubbish to get out of having one! If you rub your eyes for 10 minutes solid, you too can look like you have an allergy to us! GET OUT!! Be sensible people. Then there are those that have allergies and won't visit because you have cats - they are lying too, they just don't like cats! Some folks are predisposed to allergens and just have to live with all sorts of stuff up their sniffers. But should it stop you living your life without a cat? I know for sure if I was allergic to humans, I would be very thin and hungry! The stomach rules the cats universe, end of!
Here is to all the cat floof sufferers
It's not nice and it's not funny
to have your eyes and nose so runny
to scratch and itch all day
never to have a cat to play
Never to have a feline to cuddle
your immune system all in a muddle
To never have the love of a cat
to never be able to sit where we've sat
to come home to an empty house
over run with the odd mouse
It's us your body is craving
stroke a cat, send your allergies raging
give in and buy a moggy
and enjoy the fact your nose is soggy
take us to bed and enjoy your life
we are far better than a husband or wife
So what if you itch like crazy
just stay in bed and be super lazy
With a cat beside you as a life long friend
We can itch together until the end.
With love from Queen Vee =^..^=