Ask Dr. Richards

April 2005 Issue

Ask Dr. Richards: 04/05

I have a friend who wants to get a cat, but she’s slightly allergic. Does a longhaired cat cause a worse allergic reaction than a shorthaired cat? Or is it something besides the hair itself that causes allergies? Also, are female cats easier on allergies than male cats?

Doctors who treat human allergies routinely suggest that their cat-allergic patients not seek felines as pets — advice that often goes unheeded, as evidenced by your friend. …

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