I was very sad on Friday because our cat had just passed. She was a good cat.
Unfortunately, I have become increasingly allergic to cats over the years. I used to have more or less no reaction at all, then I started to find my skin peeling if I spent a lot of time stroking a cat after a long period without exposure, then I couldn’t have the cats on the bed, then I couldn’t sit on the sofa after the cats had been shedding on it. I only realized how bad things were when we went cabin-camping and I got almost no sleep but still felt more clear-headed than I did at home. Our recently late cat was also the fuzziest cat I have ever met: a short-hair to be sure, but dense fur which generated enormous amounts of shed hairs and dander.
For the last year or more I have been taking loratadine every day (the generic term for the active ingredient in Claritin) and things have been much better – I’ve not been laid low with cat fuzz hangovers and things have been generally more manageable. I always felt slightly dubious of taking it over a long period because loratadine is by its nature more or less a topical remedy: you take it for a few weeks during the depths of pollen allergy season, or over a weekend when staying with cat-owning friends.
Now I’ve stopped taking it, and I am very surprised to find that I feel yet more clear-headed. Whether this is directly attributable to stopping the loratadine or is a consequence of coming down from the Shamrock run the other day I am not sure, but it’s a good feeling.
Something to keep an eye on, anyway. We are not rushing to get a new cat in any case.