Allergic to Small Cats… Not

December 28, 2006 at 10:42 PM | Site/Personal | 1 Comment

My recent announcement that I was “allergic to small cats” may have come as a surprise to some, but only because my allergy is not a topic that comes up very often or at all. But I’ve been thinking about it and I think I may not actually be allergic to small cats, as I had thought that I was for a number of years. Here’s what happened:

Years ago, when Aldie first got Geppetto (a small cat), I found that whenever I was over at his place, I would have an allergic reaction that I did not have pre-Geppetto. The difference was like day and night, as soon as I was around that cat, the symptoms would come. And they were ordinary enough… the usual constant sneezing, itchy feelings, etc. To the point of needing to take allergy pills. This is significant because as far as I know, I’m not allergic to anything else. I’d been around other cats before, so I really didn’t know why this happened. It could’ve been anything…

But then fast forward a few years and Geppetto has grown into a big fat cat which hisses at me on sight (my fault, for chasing him around the apartment one night…). No allergic reaction of any kind! Could it be that Geppetto was now on a different diet? Could it be that I had somehow adapted to Geppetto-dander? Or could it be that Geppetto is no longer a small cat? I thought the latter was the most reasonable. No adult cats had ever caused me any problems, but small cat Geppetto killed me. Case closed.

But here’s what I thought of that just killed the whole “allergic to small cats” theory… remember Teacup? I, as expected, was not allergic to her, because she was not a small cat. I mean, she’s about half the size of fat cat Geppetto, but only because… well, fat cat Geppetto is really, really fat. But then when she had a kitten (Simba?), I was not allergic. And that cat was small, too. They don’t come any smaller than newborn cats. I know, I was there.

So what does this all mean? I’m back to square one on what I was allergic to, so many years ago. It means that if I am going to find out what happened, I’m going to need more information to work with, and then apply the scientific method n shit to figure it all out.

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  1. We were originally going to name him Simba, but Baby Kitty just stuck.

    Comment by Tony — January 12, 2007 #

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