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you suffer from an allergy, not necessarily a cat allergy, the presence of cats could exacerbate your existing allergy, say researchers from Imperial College London. You do not need to have cats in your house for this to happen, they could live nearby, say the researchers.
You can read about this study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Susan Chinn, Imperial College London, and researchers at 20 locations throughout Europe, were surprised to find that people who were not specifically allergic to cats experienced higher bronchial responsiveness when in the presence of cats. It seems, said Chinn, that people who are allergic to mold, timothy grass and dust mites are most affected.
GROWING up in a household with dogs and cats can halve a child’s chances of developing common allergies such as those which trigger asthma .
Scientists in the United States found that having two or more pets in the home during the first year of life greatly reduced the likelihood of childhood allergy.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
I have heard the opposite. That having a cat might lessen the chance of developing allergies. I'll see if I can find some links...