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My Beautiful Kitty Cat Made Me Cry From Allergies And Heartache.

I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


I guess I should be happy. I still have my birds outside.

Why did I think my dreaded allergies were no longer active around animals?

I wanted a kitty cat so badly, I blew all caution into-the-wind and adopted White Paws, my sweet feline friend. We bonded so beautifully. He sat in my lap purring his kitty cat song. We both were happy-campers.

I fed him a feast fit for a king. He ate cans of cat food filled with salmon, shrimp, crab, tuna and some special cat candy treats.

We were both happy and contented. Then on the third day, I began to sneeze, then my eye's and nose spilled out the truth.

I went to my Doctor and started on the dreaded allergy medicine again.

I had to put Paws outside, and I was devastated.

He sat looking in at my dining room window, meowing and begging to come back in.

I called the animal shelter to see if they would take him, and to my delight the woman said that a woman had been in that morning looking for a cat for her two children. She told me that she would call her and call me back. She called back and said that they wanted my Paws and he would be loved and have a good home.

It took me a few days to stop crying, but I knew it was the right thing to do.

My psyche asked me, " Ruby you have tried so many times, will you never learn?

My eye's and nasal congestion is clearing up after I fumigated my house, so I know I will survive, but some things are so difficult for me to understand.


Oh well, I still have my outside birds, and Paws really liked to sit in the window watching them eat at the feeder. In fact, he got overly excited. So perhaps he's in a happy home away from outside temptations.


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on April 04, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I went to an allergist and was tested, I'm allergic to animal dander, dust, smoke, grass, mold and crab. I have tried so many times to have a doggie and cat, but no can do. I have a home purifier to take care of any dust and when I go outside I sneeze and my nose runs like a sieve. No, it is not my pictures. I do have a hub showing my birds. I wrote it so long ago, I can't remember the title. ( Old age ) thanks again.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2020:

Too bad that you could not have your feline buddy because of allergies to cats. Our cats are now both deceased for some time. I still have allergies...no better and no worse...so I don't think it had anything to do with having cats. Is that a photo of your backyard and bird feeder? If so, it is gorgeous!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on August 18, 2016:

Hi Rolly. I am learning to live without a pet cat, although it is hard. I loved it so much but my allergies really kicked up. I still have my birds. Thank you for a kind comment. Hugs..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on August 18, 2016:

Shauna, I am so sorry for being this late. I didn't know you had commented until I got a notice of Rolly's. I am looking for a Yorkie. I advertised and got an email from someone in another state, She was a dealer and said that she would ship the dog to me, but I was afraid she had one of those puppy mills, so I'm still looking. Thanks for coming back to tell me about your mother's Yorkie...

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on August 18, 2016:

Hi Ruby...

So sorry you were unable to keep Paws, such a good looking cat. They can be great company. So happy you still have your birds... they are special to watch.

Hugs from Canada

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 17, 2016:

My mom had a Yorkie. Yes, they are allergy-free; they don't shed. You can also teach them to use a potty box. They're very sweet dogs. The only problem is they are prone to heart issues as they age.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 16, 2016:

Oh Shauna, you are so lucky to be able to have cats. I love them too. I read that a Yorkie dog is allergy- free, If so I will be getting one. Wish me luck!!!! Thank you..

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 16, 2016:

So sorry you had to find another home for your kitty, Ruby. At least she's with a good family who will love her as much as you.

I don't know what I'd do if I became allergic to my cats. My home and heart would be empty without them.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 13, 2016:

Hello word55, I am not letting it get me down. I have come to grips with the fact that I can't have pets. I am wondering about a parrot? I will find out if they are hypoallergenic. Thank you. I appreciate your caring comment..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 13, 2016:

Hello Patricia, you are so blessed to have two cats, and one 16, amazing! I have learned to move on and accept my fate. I love my birds and squirrel. Thank you. Praying for your grandson. God's speed...

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 12, 2016:

Good story Ruby. It had a very good ending.It just wasn't meant to be for you to keep him but for you to give him to another family. That's life sometimes. So, look at the positive side of it. We don't want you to be sick or taking meds. We love you here, participating. Come up with more to write about :-).

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 12, 2016:

O my heart aches for you. I would be devastated if I had to give up my Milo (inside kitty) or Honeybee (outside kitty who is 16 now). You do have other critters to adore so hopefully that will fill the void.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 04, 2016:

Hello hazeltos, Thank you for caring! Knowing he is with people who wanted him is comforting.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on June 04, 2016:

What a heartbreaking turn of events. I am so sorry it turned out that way. Happy to hear he got a good home.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on June 02, 2016:

Thanks Frank. I had the cat three days before the allergies kicked in, then it was pretty bad. I had to go to the Dr. I've accepted the fact that I can't have a pet. It's so unfair. I love animals.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 02, 2016:

thank goodness the you didn't have the cat for a very long time.. My best friend.. Beau ( my dog ) has been therapeutic.. and always welcomes me when I had a good or bad day.. you do spoil them.. but I guess your allergies must have been really terrible.. thanks for the share

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 31, 2016:

Oh Mar, I wonder if I would enjoy a fish? I'm writing down the kind of fish. ( Beta fish ) Thank you so much for telling me about your friend. I had a Gold fish years ago. Love ya..Hugs..

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 31, 2016:

You did right by White Paws, dear Ruby and gave this the Girl Scout try...

I have a friend who has a Beta fish...the doting fish responds to his voice~ and swims towards him when he croons 'Beta 2...' ~ the sweetest sight :)

Your heart is big and you will find the right pet for you. Love, Maria

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 31, 2016:

Hello DDE, he's in a good home. I learned my lesson, never again! Thank you...

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 31, 2016:

Allergic issues affect people in different ways glad you got that sorted out for PAWS.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 30, 2016:

Manatita, you are so right, sometimes it takes a hard poke to make us learn and stop trying the impossible. I have learned. I like your ' cool ' comment. Thank you...

manatita44 from london on May 30, 2016:

Your story is cute and light even with the slight problems, so I do not wish to make it heavy. Still, it reminded me of the spiritual life ...the struggle ...the numerous times we make the same mistake in striving to learn. A hard lesson for us all indeed! A 'cool' story.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 29, 2016:

Hello Genna, your Miss Callie sounds adorable. I know you have taken good care of her. ( sixteen years old ! ) I am fine now. I know I can't have a pet. I won't try again. I will do my share of taking care of animals by giving. Thank you so much. Hugs my dear friend..

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 28, 2016:

Ruby, your photo of Paws reminds me of my calico, Miss Callie; her nickname is Diva Kitty (because she is at times). She's nearly 16, but still looks much younger...she's a peanut as she was the runt of the litter, or so I was told. Allergies can be truly terrible, and make life with our furry friends impossible. But our health has to come first. Kudos on finding another home for her. It was the right thing to do. And as you noted, you still have those beautiful birds just outside your window. I've heard that cats, like dogs, have certain breeds that don't give off as much allergens, as others have commented above. I know firsthand that calico's seem to shed more than others in the summer months. Happy Memorial Day, by the way. :-)

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 25, 2016:

Paula, you are so sweet to find this site. I went there and left a comment. It appears there are really no completely allergy- free cats but some are better than others. The writer said that a breed named Sphynx was the best. He also said that a cat's saliva was as bad as dander. I will have to come to grips that I must love them from afar. Thank you so much. Hugs galore!!!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 25, 2016:

Hello Clive. The food wasn't expensive. A pack of 24 cans cost $ 3.95. Is food scarce on PlanetX? I hope not my friend....Cheers

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 25, 2016:

Theresa, the same thing happened to me in another home I owned. I didn't know I had a leak, it was a slow leak and mold formed under the house. Perhaps that was the start of my problems, who knows? Hopefully you will get the mold problem solved soon and feel better. Take care my friend. I feel we have an allergy bond. LOL

Suzie from Carson City on May 25, 2016:

Ruby.....I just found this right here on HP. This may give you some good info. I would also check with a Vet as to what his/her opinion is.


Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 25, 2016:

would love to have some of that food you feed your cat!!! Anyway, there are things you can do. Cat dander is normally the main cause of allergies.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 24, 2016:

Yes, mold and smoke for sure for me too. In fact, at the moment we have had a terrible leak overtime in our bathroom and didn't realize it had leaked under the house and now we have black mold. No wonder I have been hacking so much! That mold stuff scares me, but happy they will be out next Tuesday (after several months of waiting) to fix it! Crazy for sure ...

Oh, I know your heart breaks for him not understanding.

Hugs again

God bless

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hello Theresa. I'm sorry to hear you have allergies too. I do the nasal spray twice a day, plus Benadryl twice a day. I took the shots but after awhile they made me feel bad. When I was first tested I was allergic to animal dander, mold, trees, grass, smoke, dust and maybe more. I have two room purifiers that's supposed to catch any dust. It's almost like living in a bubble, especially in the spring. Yes Paws went to a good home where there were children. I didn't really cry for me. I cried for him because he didn't know why I put him outside. I know he thought what did I do wrong. Thanks my sweet friend for telling me that I wasn't alone with this. God bless..Hugs.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 24, 2016:

Oh, Dear Ruby,

I'm so sorry about Paws. You were brave to at least try, because I do know that some who have allergies to certain things may grow out of them, for when they are young, they are so allergic, but then they grow out of it.

I do have allergies to pet dander too, but apparently not as bad as your allergies. We have always had a cat and dogs, but the dander does get to me. I used to get allergy shots every three months, but stopped for some reason years ago. I know I need to get back on them. However, I am allergic to the world it seems, i.e., dust, dust mites, trees, grass, ragweed, you name it, so I figure, well, I can't live in a bubble so I will just live as best I can. Nose spray really helps me first thing in the mornings, two squirts in the nose.

I am happy Paws will be going to a happy home at least, but I am sad for you, sweet friend, but at least you tried and now you know : (


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hello Dana, you can buy a 24 pack of cat food with all the flavors I mentioned. I don't think he'd ever had it before, he sure gobbled it up! I was fortunate to have a good family take him. Thank you for coming to read my story.....

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hello Paula, I'm so glad you watched the video. I loved it too. I will check about the hypoallergenic cats. I sure would try again if it's possible. He was a beautiful cat and lucky enough to be with a family who will love him. Thank you for the info. I sure appreciate you....

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on May 24, 2016:

always exploring, it seems as if paws ate better than I do! I'm sorry you had to give him up. The good thing is he found another home. I'm sure he's loved. Touching story, thanks for sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hello Mike. I've been thinking about a parrot, but I wonder if they have dander? I spent the day with my sister Mary and she has a cat, I patted it and had no reaction, so I thought my allergies were gone. I also went to a shelter and a cat sat on my lap, so I was sure it would be ok.I guess I'm doomed to loving animals at a distance. It AIN'T fair. I am going to google about a parrot and ask my Doc. Thanks so much for caring. Hugs.

Suzie from Carson City on May 24, 2016:

Ruby....I too am a cat lover. I feel for you not being able to have one in your home. I understand why you "try." There's always a chance that allergies go away, just as they arrived. Also, don't know whether you're aware, but there is a breed of cats that is said to be Hypollergenic.....meaning their dander does not affect people with allergies. Sorry I don't have much info on this but maybe you can search.

She is such a pretty cat! Glad you found a nice home and loving owners for her.

I absolutely LOVE the video!! Cats are such fun! Paula

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 24, 2016:

Hello dear Ruby. What a tough situation. We all know that you love animals. It seems so unfair to be allergic. There must be something you can adopt that will not wreck havoc with your sinus. Good luck.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Ah Bill, you made me smile and I needed that. It ' ain't ' fair that I can't visit your farm. I would love to meet you and Bev...Cheers.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hi MizBejabbers, I took the shots until they made me sicker. I don't know why they didn't work on me. The funny thing is my son had cats and dogs and I was never bothered. I asked my allergist why and he confessed he didn't know the answer. I am also allergic to many other allergens. The worst being smoke and mold. We're allowed to burn our leaves and sticks in my little town, so I've learned to wear a mask and sun glasses to protect my eye's. The odd part of all this drama, I was never allergic to anything before I developed this about 5-6 years ago. I know you love your cat, and I'm so happy for you. Thank you so much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 24, 2016:

Hello Dzy. My allergies started about 5-6 tears ago. I went to an allergist who started me on injections. After about four weeks, I got sicker, so I had to stop the injections. I think what made me so sick this time, Paws slept with me. He laid his head on my pillow with his paw in my hair. We both were in cat heaven. I wonder about immersion therapy? I will try to find out more about it. Thank you for the info. and thank you for coming to read my story. BTW, the man who drug his dog behind his truck is in jail and will stand trial. I hope he goes to prison and sees that dog mentally every day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 24, 2016:

I'm sorry, Ruby! I totally understand this article and how you felt/feel. Just a word of caution: never come and visit our urban farm. You might not survive the experience. .....although selfishly I would love that visit.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 24, 2016:

Ruby, I am so sorry for both you and Paws. That is tragic. If I didn't have my cats, I don't know what I would do. Every time I lose one, a piece of my heart goes into the ground with it. We have two cats, and one is a 15-year-old diabetic cat that is costing us a fortune, but we would never put him down. He is the most loving cat I've ever had, a Siamese/Persian/tabby mutt that somebody dumped on us when he still had his milk teeth.

I'm so glad that you found Paws a good home. I wonder if you had shots it would have made any difference.

@Lizzy, my mom didn't really like to be around cats, and we figured out that it was because she had a mild allergy to them. My brother and I both had cats, and she always exhibited a little allergy whenever she visited either of us.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 23, 2016:

I am so sorry this happened to you, Ruby. I'm glad you found your beautiful kitty a loving home, though. Many animals are not so lucky.

I am "somewhat" allergic to my kitties, I suspect, but then again, I have hay fever, so I tend to blame that. I usually only have a problem sneezing or itchy eyes when I snuggle them up near my face, though.

I don't understand how some people react to allergies. Some seem to get worse; others get over it. I know my grandsons were "allergic to cats," until they got one. She is an indoor-only kitty, and after they had her about 2 weeks, the allergies stopped. It's called "immersion therapy." The body builds up its own anti-allergens, in most cases, given the chance.

I agree that the people who are cruel to animals should be the ones with the very worst allergies to them....life sure isn't fair.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on May 23, 2016:

Hi John. I am allergic to animal dander, so that includes all animals. If I could I would have two cats and one dog. I have a great granddaughter who is allergic to cats. When she gets around then, her eye's swell shut. I really do not understand why because I love them so much. We have a man here who tied his dog to the back of his truck and drug him until he died. It seems like those kind of cruel people should be the ones who are allergic. The way I understand it, it is not the shedding, it's the dander and I guess all animals have it. I am glad you love and have animals. Thank you much...

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 23, 2016:

That is so sad, Ruby. Sorry you couldn't keep White Paws. We have four cats and they are so loving. I can't imagine being allergic and not having them around. Do you have a dog? One of our daughters in law is allergic to both cats and dogs (or so she says) but we have two toy poodles and they don't affect her because they are non-shedding.

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