Hoping for cleaner air

The "grey one" and the "black one" (we still don't have names for them), December 31, 2012.

David Benfell The “grey one” and the “black one” (we still don’t have names for them), December 31, 2012.

I’m hoping we’ve dodged a bullet. My mother is allergic—with asthma—to at least one of the new cats. I’ve been running a grooming comb through their fur and she has put some stuff on them that’s supposed to knock down the dander. But last night the allergies were awful and a strong antihistamine was insufficient.

I have to say that I am profoundly opposed to the idea of taking cats to a shelter anyway. But these cats are even more innocent than most; they are sweet and loving, and not anxious to run outdoors or into places where they’re not supposed to. Their behavior is ideal. So I was pretty upset last night and not very gracious about the subject with my mother today. They do not deserve to be in a shelter—no cat does—and taking them there would be to confound one injustice (my mother’s asthma) with another.

But we’ve gotten a large HEPA air purifier. I hope it works.

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