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19 Things That Are Way Too Real For People Who Love Cats But Are Allergic

Life is a constant battle between your immune system and your desire to hug all the cats.

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1. When you look at this picture you know the exact mix of burning and itching the person in it is feeling.

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2. Even the tiniest scratch apparently involves calling your whole immune system into action.

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4. Which inevitably leads to browsing cats that are up for adoption, and wondering at what point you're going to give in and get one.

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5. Until you remember that if you do, this will happen to your eyes.

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6. You have more than once wondered what you did in a past life to deserve your cat allergy.

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7. Sometimes you conveniently "forget" you're allergic to cats, and go in for a lil snuggle.

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8. Which is fine, until you can't breathe.

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9. When you know you're going to see a cat, you make sure you're stocked up on antihistamines.

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10. As soon as you walk into a new house your body immediately knows if a cat lives there.

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11. Meeting a cat in the street brightens up your day, but you wash your hands as soon as possible after petting it.

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12. You know you could never settle down with someone else who was allergic to cats because it would mean you could never, ever get one, and you still have hope.

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13. You've spent a lot of time researching types of cats you might be able to get away with.

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It turns out they're very expensive.

14. So right now, you are either doing your best to live without a cat...

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15. ...using whatever substitutions for feline companionship you can think of...

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16. ...or you have already given in and got one.

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17. (Along with a lifetime supply of allergy tablets.)

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18. If not, you know it's only a matter of time.

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19. How could you resist this face forever?

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Kelly Oakes at kelly.oakes@buzzfeed.com.

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