Sophie as had dry skin and eczema since they day she was born. She has also had and grown out of several food allergies. It was a lot of testing foods, breaking out in hives, itching, and crying. We took her to a allergist when she was just over a year old so we could know exactly what she was allergic to so we didn't have to put her through that anymore. But come to find out it would take a lot of blood draws since they can not do skin scratch tests until age 3.
But then came the bad news that i wasnt even worried about because i thought for sure that wasnt it..... she is allergic too....
No really she is very allergic to the cat among other things like mesquite trees and tumbleweeds. Hmmm i think we need to get out of the desert....
So this has been my dilema. I jumped back and forth between keeping him because I have had him for 11 years and he is like family. And giving him away. But who wants an 11 year old cat? So after nightmares of giving him away and Sophie hysterically crying because Karl is gone and researching cat dander. I finally have decided my answer. There is no point in getting rid of him now because his dander can stay in the carpeting for several years and we only plan on being in this house until Chad is done with school.
So Karl is getting lots of regular baths, I am going to be vaccuuming....a lot, and Sophie's room is off limits for Karl.
But once we move I am going to have to cross that bridge and find Karl a new home. It just isnt fair to Sophie to itch like that. I do not want to bring his dander into a new house.
The allergyst also gave me some tips to help kepp her moisture barrier in her skin. Although it is a little hard restricting her to only 10 to 20 minutes baths, making her wear damp pjs for at least an hour before bed, and putting lotion on her before and after damp pjs. It has been so worth it. She has baby soft skin and that has NEVER happened. And she is one happy girl because she doesnt itch as much!