The answer is yes. Yes, it is possible to be allergic to cats and not dogs. You can be allergic to dogs and not cats. However, the proteins are similar. If you are allergic to one furred mammal, you are likely allergic to most of the others.
According to the American Pet Products Association, there are about 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats living in homes in the US. That means almost 44% of all households have a dog and 35% have a cat.
If the presence of your precious pet is causing you pain, you’re not alone. Up to 15% of the general population and 30% of the allergic population have reactions to cats and dogs.
If you have pet allergies, chances are it is the cat rather than the dog that’s making you sneeze. While an estimated 10 percent of people are allergic to household pets, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
With that being said you can live with pets. Here are some resources to help you with your allergies and help your pets stay with their family.
Wishing you the best of health
PS. Don’t put all the blame on cats and dogs, they aren’t the only creatures that can trigger your allergies. People also sneeze around cows, rodents, horses, and birds.