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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2015 12:32:42 PM »

Cat dander is a major allergy for me.  It's not as bad as it was when I was little, but, it's still pretty bad.  I understand that cats are shifty.  My husband's Pomeranian can be sneaky.  But, really do try my best to keep all dog hair off of my finished crafted items.  Cat dander still makes me sneeze, wheeze, cough, and itchy.  My eyes still get red, itchy, watery, and puffy.  I get pretty miserable.

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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2015 07:41:48 AM »

Yeah - cat dander has worsened over the years for me.  I used to never be allergic to cats at all, until I had a really severe bronchial infection.  My lungs were really hypersensitive, and I guess that because of my exposure to the cats at that time, at Jim's mom's house (she had like 6 or more at the time, living there), I became allergic.  It just went downhill from there.  I can start getting symptoms just from hugging my friend and he has some of his cats fur/dander on his coat.  Or even sitting on MIL's sofa, even a couple of years after the last cat was gone - even with her manic OCD cleaning.  I was so so so happy when they bought a new sofa... then she went and brought home 5 new cats within a couple of months after that - wah!!!!!

I try very hard to keep dog fur out of my crafting, but fur seems to get into the smallest nooks and crannies.
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2015 01:18:03 PM »

I'm allergic to everything...
I think there's a big difference between "sensitivity" and "allergy"
For example, I'm sensitive to some perfumes and just get stuffed up, but others will make my throat start to close up.
I often tell friends the story of having a fake bone glued to my arm for a lifeguard course, and found out there was perfume in the eyelash glue when I went to wash off the fake blood and there was a huge rash spreading across my arm. So I say I'm allergic to all scents, because the latter reaction is more likely.

Some people are allergic to some cats or dogs and not others, while some are allergic to All The Pets!

I think the takeaway is for both parties to clarify with their swap partner if it's an allergy or sensitivity. Communication is a beautiful thing!
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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2015 08:38:05 PM »

I've got a Harper*, so there is lots of dog hair in the house. I always mention in my questionnaires that I have dog allergens, but I'm very used to not wanting to leave the house covered in dog hair, and I certainly don't want to send a package off covered in dog hair. I hope that it doesn't limit my crafting world (I want ALL the crafts from ALL the people), but I totally understand if it does. A package will lose its luster if the receiver feels miserable! I think the pet/non-pet owning world coincides with the crafting world often enough for us all to be happy.

(This is a Harper- aka 100 lbs of Great Pyrenees lovin', if you get her hair you get a piece of that love!)
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« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2015 10:20:41 PM »

Bow - Harper is a beautiful dog!

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 Me personally, I've got asthma, so smoke does bother me...but with a mom whose smoked for as long as I can remember, and aunt that smoked (hell half my family smoked, kind of amazing that I never did ha ha!!), but stuff that smells of smoke doesnt really bother me, its either washable or I can hang it out on the clothes line to air out. (I've found nothing gets the smell of smoke out best than that cold winter air!)
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This could be why you have asthma. My father was a smoker, my mother had asthma and so do I. Cigarette smoke is an asthma trigger for me. I have put on my questionnaires that I prefer not to swap with a smoker. I realize smoking does not mean I could get a smoky item but I'd rather not take the chance because I know how people who smoke a lot don't realize how much it can permeate their belongings.

That said, I have cats and birds and state it on my swap form. The birds are never around my crafting but the cats ... the more you try to keep them away the more they want to get in your way. I am still finding beads and sequins all over the floor from the times they have "helped" me. But whenever I set something down I set it inside a plastic storage box to minimize cat exposure. Then I use tape to de-fur before I send the item. The last thing I sent I kept removing hairs and wondered how there were so many on it and then I realized they were strands of the stuffing.

I think as long as everyone communicates their issues, as someone else said, it should be good. I think the ones that send smoky items or boxes of pet hair are more likely to be the exceptions rather than the rule.
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« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2015 06:17:57 AM »

This thread makes me realize that sometimes in my excitement to make things for my partners, I am not as careful as I could be...I bet a few of you have received yarn items with some hair inadvertently knitted or crocheted in, be it human or pet.  I don't smoke, but sometimes I do burn candles and incense in my house, or maybe burn food I forgot about...sorry...

I am going to be more conscientious, but I can't guarantee that I would even see the hair, so please please...if you are allergic, let me know...I don't think I am thoughtless, just not a very neat person who lives with a not very neat guy and some very independent cats and one big lazy dog! Grin
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