Cat owners won’t let something like pesky allergies get in the way of their love for their feline friends. In fact, 84% of owners said they would ignore a doctor’s advice to get rid of their cat, according to a new survey.
Although cat owners reported a strong bond with their pets, the survey also revealed some of the negative effects of allergens. Many cat owners with allergies (37%) said they’ve had to alter their lifestyle in some way to accommodate their cat compared to just 22% without sensitivities.
One way owners cope is by cleaning. According to the report, 41% of cat owners with cat allergen sensitivities spend more time cleaning their homes than owners without allergies. They also spend 26% money each month on cat allergen-related purchases.
Cats, too, can feel the impact of their owners’ allergies. Many pet owners (18%) said they’ve had to give up a cat in the past with the majority (32%) citing allergens as the reason. Other ways owners have tried to manage their allergies include restricting cats to or from specific areas (17%); keeping cats out of the bedroom (12%); reducing time spend with the cat (10%); and moving their cat away from them (9%).
The survey also found that many owners reported cat allergens had an effect on their personal relationships. Some respondents (13%) said they’ve had to choose between their cat and a personal relationship. Others (12%) have considered not living with a partner due to someone’s cat allergies.