You find it hard to breathe when you are around cats
It might be allergies. It might be asthma. It might be both. Cats, like humans and plants, shed different proteins through our skin, and our bodies should naturally distinguish when proteins are harmless. Why is Fluffy causing you asthmatic reactions? “The trigger for this is not understood, more a lack of tolerance to the protein,” says Dave Allen, senior vice-president and head, respiratory research and development at GSK Global. “Asthmatics have a different immune reaction response to the nature of the cat protein.” You can avoid cats to reduce symptoms, or get a dog, suggests Allen. But he does warn that if you own a cat, your asthma willy likely get worse.