Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cincinnati Cat Connection
So, in one of many recent attempts to find a good home for my cats I sent the following email to Cincinnati Cat Connection:

Good morning,

I have 2 wonderful cats, which I have had since they were 8 weeks old (from the same litter) and are now nearing 5 years of age. I love them dearly, however, my fiance is highly allergic and I need to find a new home for both of them. Is there a way I could have them adopted through your organization? If so, how could I go about starting this process, and what information would you need from me? I know that you're probably overburdened by the sheer amount of pets that need to be adopted, but I'd much prefer this route to many others, for the love and health of my kitties.

Thank you for any and all information and help you can provide.


Here is their response:

I am sorry - Cat Connection rarely accepts housecats - we are not a shelter, just a few foster homes.
The most we could offer is to post your cats on PetFinder. In order to do this we would need their medical histories (they must be altered, up to date on basic vaccines and tested), and information about their personalities and up to three photos of each cat
It is VERY difficult to adopt out older cats - most public shelters around here are likely to euthanize them immediately.
I would recommend Zyrtec

Seems to me that CCC is a very rude organization. The insult that I would trivially give up my two wonderful pets without exhausting every other option first speaks volumes to how they handle their business. Adding an over the counter allergy medicine "recommendation" went above and beyond. I wouldn't recommend them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 PM) : 

Sounds to me like they are trying to help. Have you explored options with your fiance? Is she willing to take a few small steps to allow you to keep your little companions of 5 years?

The reason I ask - is that acute allergies to cats are extremely rare. There are some simple things you can do to peacefully co-exist. Most of the time Zyrtec or Clariton will do the trick. A small investment of time & $ to keep your little buddies?

IAMS - " You�re not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around six to 10 million people suffer from cat allergies. Most reactions are based on a specific feline protein called Fel-D-1, which is secreted in a cat�s dander, saliva and urine. Dander and dry saliva become airborne and come to rest in carpets and curtains, which can make your symptoms seem unbearable.

But don�t worry, you can take steps to reduce cat dander in your home.

Fighting Dander & Saliva
Invest in an electrostatic high efficiency particulate air cleaner, or HEPA filter. You can use them throughout your entire house.
Vacuum carpets often and wash curtains frequently to help reduce particle buildup. Ultimately, removing carpets and replacing them with wood or tile floors can make a dramatic difference in reducing particles�as well as the severity of your symptoms.
Bathe, yes bathe, your cat twice a month, but no more than that. Too many baths can dry out her skin and increase dander. Or, if your cat turns into a lion at the site of water, brush her each day, then wipe her down with a damp cloth. If you have a kitten, get her used to baths early on.
If none of the above works, consult your doctor about allergy shots.
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Tips to Peacefully Coexist
As miserable as you may be, you may not have to part with your feline friend. A balanced approach to manage your condition�such as medication prescribed by your allergist, immunotherapy and good housekeeping�could help you and your cat live happily together, with your symptoms minimized.
Create an allergy-free, no-cat area, like your bedroom, and limit her access.
Wash your hands after petting your cat and before touching your hands or face.
Vacuum daily (while wearing a dust mask) to get rid of shedded fur. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Install furnace filters designed to trap pet dander and change them regularly to maximize efficiency.
Talk to your allergist about household adjustments or medications that could bring you added relief.
Consult your veterinarian about safe treatments for your cat that may reduce your allergic reaction to her.
Use impermeable covers for mattresses and pillows to prevent allergen particles carried into the room on clothes or other objects from penetrating and accumulating in them.
Replace heavy curtains with blinds or fabric you can wash regularly." Copied From


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