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My animal lover daughter is allergic to cats :( - any suggestions for an affectionate diurnal pet?

Asked by rowenaz (2431points) July 8th, 2007

She is so sad because she'd love something furry. I've always had cats, and my heart is breaking for her. Would a flying squirrel trigger allergies? Any ideas for a pet that would know she's alive that she could give a whole lot of loving to?

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sjg102379's avatar

If you're willing to spend a whole bunch of money, there are hypoallergenic cats. http://www.allerca.com/. Alternately, some small dogs, like the bichon frise are hypoallergenic because they have hair instead of fur.

Michael's avatar

You should try a bunny rabbit. Rabbits can be quite affectionate and enjoy human contact. They can be litter trained and they can be trained to respond to a limited number of human commands. They are wonderful pets.

One note of caution, however. Many people get rabbits thinking of them as a larger version of a hamster or gerbil (what some people call a "disposable" pet). This is really not the case. Rabbits can live for up to 10 years, so when you get a bunny, you are in for a commitment.

I'd also encourage you to adopt a bunny rather than buy one at a pet store. Here are some links to look at.

www.rabbit.org
www.rabbitnetwork.org
www.rabbitresource.org

nomtastic's avatar

terriers are hair-y (not furry) dogs. there are lots of varieties of little ones in addition to what sjg mentioned.

girlfriday's avatar

i am allergic to pracitcally everything: dogs, cats, mildew. and i grew up on a farm. (oy.) lots of exposure to all sorts of everything.

much to my delight, i recently discovered that i am not allergic to poodles! it is sooo liberating. with a little luck, maybe that'll be the case for your daughter. i'm guessing other hair dogs (rather than fur dogs) are also hypo-allergenic.

curious to know what works for your daughter!

colin's avatar

wheaten terriers are hypo-allergenic and really amazing dogs. they're very affectionate.

evolvedbliss's avatar

Allergy meds :)

nomtastic's avatar

tibetan terrier. best dog ever.

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