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I am allergic to furry animals. This is unfortunate, because I absolutely love cats. My parents always had cats while I was growing up, and so I spent the first 18 years of my life in an asthmatic stupor. Since I moved out, my asthma has been fine (in fact, I haven't had to use an inhaler for over a year) but I really haven't spent any time with cats.

Today, Sarah and I went for a walk in the little garden behind our apartment buildings. While we were there, we heard a loud, piteous meowing coming from the woods nearby, and, lo and behold, there was a gorgeous orange and white cat. He came over when I called, and turned out to be the friendliest cat ever. He loved the attention I gave him, and purred loudly, and rubbed his head against Sarah and I, and oh! I was happy.

Ryan and a cat

Now I have had a good fifteen or twenty minutes of Cat Time and I am pleased as punch. Someday I hope Sarah and I suddenly stop being allergic to cats so that we can have one of our own. Maybe a Sphynx!



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Oct. 21st, 2004 11:50 am (UTC)
Ohhhhh! How beautiful! Are you going to keep him/her? I want to see it!!

Haha, of course I'd probably have to meet you first to do that huh?
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:00 pm (UTC)
We aren't allowed to have cats in these apartments, so we can't keep him. I was very sad walking away and just leaving him there! But perhaps he'll be there again the next time we go out. He can be our garden-cat. :)
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
awww that happened with me too--my family had a cat because my littlest sister loved it even though I was horribly horribly allergic to it. Like allergic enough that when they did the skin tests when I was 10 and then when I was 17, the doctor was calling other doctors in to marvel at the miracle of science that is my body. haha.

but since I've moved out, I haven't had to use my inhaler at all. But if I go home and sleep on one of my littlest sister's bunk beds, where her cat sleeps when i'm not there, I am miserable!! It sucks cuz i love them. But I am not allergic to bunnies for some reason. that's why i had one--and they can be like kitties and cuddle. you should invest ;-)
Oct. 22nd, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
Those allergy tests where they do rows and rows of pinpricks on your back or your arm? Those sucked mightily. But I got so used to needles from having so many allergy-related doctor visits as a kid that now getting shots or blood drawn doesn't even make me blink. :)

I like bunnies too, but as it turns out I'm also allergic to them. And dogs, and hamsters, and guinea pigs, etc. etc. etc.

I'm not allergic to birds, though. We have a maroon-bellied conure named Petrie who is cranky and loud but we love him anyway. :)
Oct. 22nd, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
ewwww birds freak me out for some reason!! That parrot at Critter Hut was always right behind me as I would pick up stuff for the bunny and it would freak me out big time.

Ya i grew immune to needles when I was like 11 until ummm now haha and was sick all the time. The people at the lab in the Children's Hospital in Hartford knew my name ha how sad. So do the people here at Health Services--they're actually pretty good there considering that most of them are students. I figured that because I have no problem with it I'd be a great blood donor, but the first time i tried to donate, my blood sugar was so low and I was so anemic that the low of blood made my pressure drop too much. I told them to finish the donation but they wouldn't let me....too bad ha.

No matter how little I flinch when even the worst dr. is trying to put an IV in my hand though (they never learn that you can't put an IV in my hand--my veins are like way too small like a little kid's), I never get ok with hospitals and dr's :-/ The children's hospital in CT wasn't like a hospital--it was all bright and happy. I hate hospitals. Spend too much time there.
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
Cute cute cute! I, too, am allergic to those adorable balls of fur...but I have two of them anyway. I'm Inhaler Girl at least four times a day when I'm at home and catch hell from my mother constantly. "You're making yourself sick." But they're so affectionate and sweet yet so independant and easy to care for...who can resist? I hope some day your allergies really do disappear (and you're smarter than me for not subjecting yourself to it anyway).
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)
Buffy Icon!
Cute feline!

All in one entry!

Color me impressed.
Oct. 22nd, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
I can't find "impressed" in my Crayola box. Would you settle for "burnt umber"?
Oct. 21st, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about allergy treatments? From what I understand they aren't hugely fun and they're insanely expensive, but it might be worth it...

Yay kitties!
Oct. 22nd, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
I had allergy treatments for a couple years when I was a kid, but they didn't have any effect on me. Maybe they've come up with something newfangled and glorious by now, though. I'll look into that when I next have decent health insurance!
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
You should read this.
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I saw that. I'll start saving my pennies now and maybe by 2007 I'll be able to afford a kitten.
Oct. 21st, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! Meowmeowmeowmeowmeow!

We feed a stray here we have named Fluffy. And another called Tigger.

How about a ferret? :-)
Oct. 21st, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)
very pretty kitty :) both my kitties at home are orange and i looooove them.

and i want a kitty here, but one of my roommates says she's allergic to them :(

and my friend carissa just got a kitten, and she's tiiiiiny and falls asleep anywhere

and my friend justin wants a sphynx, but i think they look kind of creepy. although good for allergies. but he said they're $800??? maybe that's a special breed or something.

and that's all i have to say about kitties today ;)
Oct. 22nd, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sphynxes are very expensive because they're uncommon and you have to get them from specialty breeders. But I think they're cute! I hope someday I can spend some time with one and find out if I am allergic to it.
Oct. 22nd, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
Awww. Ken is allergic to cats. But he likes them. Too bad we can't have one. My mom owns a cat though. :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
looks like my cat.. maybe not so much here.. since its old. but hes bigger and orange-er now.
Oct. 24th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
awwww ::melts:: such a sweet cat. :)
my kitty is back in the states.
much sadness about the allergy; i myself am not allergic to ANYTHING (cept penicillin) and i consider myself quite lucky. i love my kitty.
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