Sorry for the radio silence, folks, but I've been busy fixing the hut, taking the car out for a short spin or two a day, and buying all kinds of crazy stuff online (Victorian glass doorknobs, hotel silver, beaded shoes, and books books books). I've also been getting back on a regular research schedule, which has helped to lessen my academic anxiety--even if I'm still having dreams about running into my advisor.
But now I need some advice from the internets:
I've wanted a cat for years, and I'm strongly considering getting one (although perhaps not until after my first paycheque, which I'll receive in, oh, let's see. . . two months). However, I'm mildly to moderately allergic to cats--my usual symptoms are watery eyes and head congestion, although occasionally I'll get hive-like blotches when I wash my face. It seems to depend on the cat: my parents now have a cat (which isn't allowed in the room that I sleep in), and as long as I wash my hands regularly I have virtually no allergic reaction to her. With other cats, though, I'll sometimes start sneezing after just an hour or two in their presence.
So what I'm wondering is, is it true that actually living with a cat builds up one's resistance to allergens? And does it seem likely that my symptoms would be kept sufficiently in check by over-the-counter decongestants/antihistamines and a thorough weekly vaccuming? Are there other strategies or products I could investigate? Or is it just not worth the hassle?
Thoughts from the cat fanciers appreciated. . .