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Dec. 26th, 2004 | 03:40 pm

I'm trying to make my apartment more inviting, so i might be willing to invite people over. Though one issue is that I have a cat and many friends who are allergic.

I could try thoroughly vacuuming (and waiting a few days for the dust to settle), or air cleaning houseplants, or buying a HEPA air filter.

Does anyone whose allergic to cats have any suggestions about what could done to make the stay in a space with a cat more pleasant? (without getting rid of the cat).

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from: artemii
date: Dec. 27th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
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well, it would depend how severe the allergies are. for a severe allergy, sometimes vacuuming extensively and locking the cat in a room is enough, but not always (some allergies are so severe that hugging a cat-owner outside of their home makes the person wheezy). people with minor allergies can often be around a place with a cat for a couple of hours with little or no ill effect.

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from: bolowolf
date: Dec. 27th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
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My mom has some serious allergies. She finds that between a good HEPA air filter and an ionizer that she's usually able to cope. She also uses one of the HEPA vacuums and claims it is incredibly superior to an ordinary vacuum.
Those seem like good things to work with.

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from: neko_san
date: Dec. 28th, 2004 02:06 am (UTC)
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HEPA filter. I have an Austin Air HEPA filter; pricey, but quiet.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 29th, 2004 10:42 pm (UTC)
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How long do the filters last? They look pretty expensive as well.

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from: neko_san
date: Jan. 1st, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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It depends on what filter you get. When i was looking at them, it seemed that most lasted for 2 years, but the Austin Air ones lasted for 5 years.

Oh, and i forgot to mention: allergen covers for all bedding (pillows, mattress, comforter). Cleaning up the sleeping area helps loads; people spend a lot of time asleep.

I got most of my stuff from http://www.priorities.com/. The microfiber covers are wonderful; again, they are expensive, but they are marvelously thin.


completely off-topic to a post you made long ago, about the bravissimo shirt sizing system: from what i gather, the british number size is 4 bigger than the american number (so, a US 6 would be a british 10). i think that curvy fits a british D or DD cup, an extra curvy fits a british E or F cup, and an extra curvy fits a british FF or G cup.

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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Dec. 28th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
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And just for convenience, have some benadril at hand. As long as you provide fair warning to all your guests I think the moral burden is resolved.

-n

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 29th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I do warn them ahead of time, but this usually means that we go to someoneelse's place.

Benadril sounds like a good suggestion though

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