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Subject: Allergy RC question
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 6:46 AM ET
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I have a question for cat allergy sufferers-If I get a  RC to not send a book because of allergies to cat hair/dander/etc, will the fact that i have a a dog that sheds possibly trigger that allergy? I know this sounds like a strange sort of question, but I'm just not sure if cat allergies can also be triggered by dog hair/dander. I'm guessing not but then I second guess that maybe the person doesn't know if they are also allergic to dogs? My allergies are pollen/mold related so I have no idea about animal allergies.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 7:01 AM ET
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My son is very allergic to cats.  But we've had dogs all his life.  So he is allergic to cats, but not dogs.



Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:07 AM ET
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I would accept the request and ask them what to do. That's how I handle a RC I'm not sure about.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I'm not a cat allergy sufferer, so maybe I shouldn't venture an answer, but oh well! Here's my thoughts anyway. LOL

I would think if the RC only mentions a cat allergy and it doesn't request books from an entirely "pet free home" (which I've also seen before) you would be fine. I think most folks with allergies are pretty specific about what their allergy is, and allergies to one animal don't necessarily cross over to another.

If I'm ever in doubt about a RC, or if I feel the conditions are poorly worded or confusing, I just decline the request, but that's just me.


Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:47 AM ET
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If they say cat, don't worry about your dog.   They are two different allergies.   I am allergic to cats, I have no trouble with dogs.  A friend is the opposite.

Subject: Dog and cat allergys
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Cats have fur and dogs have hair......you can be allergic to cats and not dogs....

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 5:41 PM ET
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Thank everyone so much for this information. I don't have animal allergy so I really wasn't sure if the allergies were the same or not! 

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 11:41 AM ET
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Many people may not know this, including the allergy sufferers, but there is similarity between cat dander and rabbit dander, so people with cat allergies sometimes also have rabbit allergies.

Subject: dust mite allergy
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 12:42 PM ET
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Well, I've learned I need to specifically post an RC: no yellowed or really aged books. I have serious indoor allergies like dust mites.

Really old books inevitably cause me to start sniffing & sneezing, with an end result of a flooding nose!

janet m.


Date Posted: 11/22/2008 7:48 PM ET
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Cat and dog allergies are different.  If their RC only states an allergy to cats, you needn't worry about your dogs.