Devon Rex and Allergies

Pollen
Looks beautiful, but sure to make me sneeze!

I have had allergies for as long as I can remember.  I am allergic to dust mites, pollen, certain types of grasses and trees, rabbits, hamsters, cats and dogs.  To deal with the year-round allergy symptoms, I take an over the counter allergy medication and have been doing so for years.  Even though I may at times sneeze, have a stuffy nose or itchy eyes, I couldn’t imagine giving up having pets.

When I moved away from home and was in a position to have a pet of my own, I began researching the Devon Rex cat.  This was a breed that had intrigued me ever since I saw one live at a cat show when I was nine years old.  I read that sometimes allergy sufferers can cope better with a Devon Rex because of their short fur, and descriptions of how this breed is very human oriented made them very appealing to me.  After a few weeks of researching and looking for breeders online I finally found one with a litter coming soon and in a few months I became the proud parent of an adorable white Devon Rex that I named Pinky.

In order to live comfortably with her, there are a few rules that I try to follow:

  • Vacuum the house once a week. This is probably something that I should do even if I didn’t have a cat, but I’ve found that it is especially helpful with allergies and definitely makes the floor look cleaner.  The one I have is this, and it gives me great satisfaction to see all the dust, dirt and hair that is collected in the wind tunnel when I am done.
  • Shower her two to three times a month with anti-allergen cat shampoo.  She smells so clean after her showers and since I started her when she was a kitten she accepts bath time without too much complaining.
  • Keep her out of the bedroom when I am sleeping.  As much as I love to sleep with Pinky curled up next to me under the blankets, I’ve found that keeping her outside the bedroom at night helps with my symptoms.  She has a nice tall and cozy cat tree right outside the bedroom door and I give her a treat on her tree every night when it is time for her to go sleep.  In the mornings she waits patiently in front of the door letting out a few meows here and there until I get up and open the door.

Although I will never be fully free of my allergy symptoms simply because I am allergic to many items that I am often exposed to, I’ve found that following the above rules diligently has helped me be able to enjoy the love and companionship that pet ownership provides.

Pinky the Devon Rex Says “Hello, World!”

Happy Birthday, Pinky the Devon Rex!
Happy Birthday, Pinky!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Cat Cubby! I would like to take a moment to introduce Pinky, my Devon Rex cat. Pinky recently turned one year old and is the first cat that I can truly call my own. She came to me all the way from Michigan in June 2015. I had been interested in the Devon Rex breed ever since I saw one at a cat show I attended in the fourth grade and it only took me 16 years to finally get one! I have completely fallen in love with this breed’s mischievous personality and endless affection and would like to share as much as I can about living with one. Thus, I started this blog to document our adventures together, so look out for the upcoming stories and product reviews 🙂 Enjoy!