New research suggests that people with allergies to molds, pollen, and dust mites but NOT cat dander, may have heightened asthmatic reactions to their usual triggers in the presence of cats. This is unfortunate news for cat owners or anyone who is fond of kitties but has environmental allergens. Researchers note that :
Avoidance of cat exposure would be beneficial to a much wider
population than previously expected. Furthermore, cat allergen levels
were ubiquitous in cat-owning communities, and their results showed
effects of cat allergen exposure at lower levels than generally
regarded necessary to produce a measurable result.
So basically, if you live in a “cat-owning community,” their airborne fluff will probably make your pollen and mold-induced asthma worse. Aside from declining to pet and/or play with them, I doubt that there’s much you can do to completely avoid their dander. But there is some cause for all allergy sufferers to eye cats with suspicion… time to trade in Tiger for Fido?