Are you allergic to cats?
If you have an immediate reaction to cats, such as sneezing, itchy skin, watering eyes, coughing and wheezing, then you can be fairly sure that you are allergic to cats.
For many people, the signs are more subtle and it can be tricky to identify the cause of your allergic reaction, particularly if your symptoms are triggered by another factor, such as dust mites, which are the most common cause of household allergies.
Some people are allergic to some cats but not others.
A trial separation can help you determine if your cat is the cause of your reaction.
If you want to get a cat, but aren't sure if you are allergic, try visiting someone who has a cat, or a cat adoption centre, to test if cats trigger a reaction. You may want to ask your doctor for advice if this is the case.