Owning a cat is truly wonderful. Sure, they can be a little moody and tend to do whatever they want, but they are also super cuddly, sweet, and adorable companions that will always make you smile. Unless, of course, you're allergic to them. In that case, you'll still be smiling, you'll just also be sniffling a whole lot. The thing is, though, many people don't even realize they're allergic to their cats, which is not ideal: you need to know the signs of a cat allergy for the sake of your own health.
Pet allergies are very common: in fact, a third of Americans are allergic to cats and dogs. And, again, many people don't even realize they're suffering from this. When you think of someone who is allergic to cats, you might assume that they start sneezing the moment a cat goes near them. Maybe you think of someone who breaks out in hives right after petting a cute kitten. These are symptoms of pet allergies, but they certainly aren't the only ones.
It's easy to overlook some of the symptoms that could easily be explained by something else, especially if you don't want to admit you're allergic to your cat. But having an allergy to pets doesn't mean you can't own one. There are tons of ways to make the experience better, from over-the-country allergy medications to weekly shots from a doctor.
It's also important to note that you can develop cat allergies at any time, even if you've never been allergic to anything else before. I developed my cat and dog allergies after college, and for a long time I thought I was just sick all the time because I never even thought I might be allergic to my pets. I had never been allergic to anything before!
So, even if you think it's unlikely that you're allergic or developing allergies to cats, you should know the signs and symptoms. If you do start feeling these things, it's worth a trip to the doctor!