Hamed Anvari, a 31-year-old derivatives trader, and Sasha Unkov, a 26-year-old associate brand manager for a company that makes hair-care products, share a penthouse apartment in Long Island City, Queens.
In choosing to live together, a major issue was Ms. Unkov’s four-year-old cat, Nermal. Mr. Anvari is allergic to cats.
Fortunately for Mr. Anvari, Nermal proved exceptionally trainable. With the help of a device called SSSCat, a motion detector that emits a spray and a loud whine when a cat approaches, Nermal learned that he could set foot in certain places only at his peril. The second bedroom is known as “Nermal’s bedroom,” and he sleeps there at night, burrowing for warmth under the heavy white comforter.
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