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Old 03-09-2011, 5:37 AM
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Default Want to keep cats, but be a Mommy too.

My partner and I have been considering adoption but now she and I are thinking about me giving birth.

The only thing keeping me from whole-heartedly embracing that longing is that I am terrified I might give birth to a child that is allergic to cats.

I know that sounds awful.

But we have a whopping 9 cats.

We set out to "own" only three of them. The rest came to us sick, scared, and homeless. We nursed them back to health, got them spayed and neutered, vaccinated and then set out to find them new homes.

But there are many, many more cats in this world than cat lovers, or even willing owners. We refused to take them to the local animal shelter (that more than 70% of the cat never leave alive) and our humane society doesn't have enough foster homes. So we kept them.

I also know that we might not be allowed to adopt a child with that many pets.

I ache in my bones to become a mother. But I love my cats like they are my children.

I am too afraid to even find out if that many cats is a problem for adoption OR how likely it is for a child to be born with cat allergies.
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Old 07-08-2011, 4:46 PM
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If you are not allergic to cats, try to find a donor who is not either. Allergies for the most part are genetically pasted through the parents, so if neither parent is allergic, there is a smaller chance that the child will be allergic. As far as the adoption issue, talk to someone who has adopted before. They may be able to tell you about the kinds of things adoption agencies look for in adopting families. As hard as it may sound, you may have to make a choice between keeping all of your kitties and letting a few of them go to a family who would take good care of them. It will depend on how much you want to be a 'human' mommy versus a 'kitty' mommy.
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