I'm very allergic, unfortunately. :( I did an allergy study; on their five point scale, I'm about a five, five being highly allergic. So I almost always have to take a Benadryl when I'm around cats because it's the only allergy medicine that works for me. My grandmother has a beautiful, sleek, black and white cat. She's a quiet soul and is very sweet. The medicine makes me very sleepy, so I lay on the couches and she'll lay beside my thighs as I drift off. :P I love cats so much. Allergies suck.
Oh man. That is a shame. :/ Glad you at least have Benadryl for your grandmother though.