You can determine if you’re allergic to cats by experiencing symptoms after being exposed to a cat, or by undergoing an allergy test. Common symptoms of a cat allergy include:

  1. Sneezing
  2. Runny or stuffy nose
  3. Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  4. Watery eyes
  5. Coughing
  6. Hives
  7. Swelling of the face, lips, or eyes
  8. Itchy skin
  9. Asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath

If you suspect that you may be allergic to cats, you can consult an allergist, who can perform a skin prick test or a blood test to determine if you have a cat allergy.

It’s important to note that some individuals may only experience symptoms when they’re in close proximity to a cat, while others may experience symptoms even after being in the same room as a cat, or after handling a cat. In some cases, symptoms may develop several hours after exposure to a cat.