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Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds. Low or non allergy cats

 Hypoallergenic Cats Sphynx Cat
Hypoallergenic Cats. Sphynx Cat

 


Is there really a breed of cat that is hypoallergenic?

The prefix 'hypo' in the word hypoallergenic means 'less than normal'. Therefore the word hypoallergenic does not mean non-allergenic. A hypoallergenic cat is less likely than other cats to produce allergic reactions in some people.

 

 

Although some cat allergy sufferers can tolerate any or all of the following breeds not all allergy sufferers can.
 

Hypoallergenic Cats - Devon Rex Cat

Hypoallergenic Cats.  Devon Rex Cat

  The most common allergen responsible for cat allergy symptoms in people is a protein named FEL D-1

  It is commonly thought that cat hair is the cause of allergy to cats but this is not strictly true. Cat hair can carry the allergen because Fel D -1 is a particularly sticky protein.

  FEL D-1. can be found in cat saliva. It is also produced by the sebaceous glands. Because cats groom themselves using saliva the protein is transferred to the cat's hair.

  These Allergens become airborne as microscopic particles. They are breathed in by the allergy sufferer. These cat allergen particles are very small and can remain airborne for long periods of time.
 

Hypoallergenic Cats - Cornish Rex Cats

Hypoallergenic Cats.  Cornish Rex Cat

  Devon and Cornish Rex have a reduced number of hairs in their coat. This provides less surface area to trap allergenic proteins from the saliva or the skin. Rexes only have an undercoat and lose only a few of very fine hairs at a time. They do not shed like other cats.

  Dander is minute flakes of skin. Older cats produce more dander than younger cats or kittens.
 
These skin cells contain oils (sebum) which are made by the cat's sebaceous glands and aid in keeping the cat's skin and coat in good condition. These skin cell particles (to which the FEL D 1 adheres)  become airborne and can be breathed in and also will adhere to most things including carpets, curtains and furnishings. It also adheres to clothing and can be spread on people's clothing to areas where no cat exist

Hypoallergenic Cats - Sphynx Cat

Hypoallergenic Cats. Sphynx Cat

  Sphynx cats are almost completely hairless but they do secrete the FEL D 1 protein.

Hairless cats also produce dander

One reason why some allergy sufferers can tolerate Sphynx cats may be because there is less cat hair in the environment. As explained previously FEL D 1 adheres to cat hair.

  There appears to be a sex difference in Fel d 1 allergen production. Female cats produce less of the allergen. Male cats which have not been neutered tend to secrete more of the protein than un-neutered male cats.   (Reference)

Hypoallergenic Cats - Siberian Cat

Hypoallergenic Cats. Siberian Cat

It has been claimed that different cat breeds have different levels of the FEL D 1 protein.

Claims have been made that the Siberian Cat produces less
FEL D 1 than other breeds.

 

 

 

 

Tips to reduce allergies to cats

* Have your male cat neutered.

* Washing your cat in plain water can be useful to remove the Fel d-1 from the cat's coat.

* Consult your veterinarian about products that you can bathe your cat in to help reduce the allergens

* Ensure your cat does not have fleas as this causes the cat to scratch and to throw more dander into the air.

* Limit your cat to certain areas of the house. Do NOT allow it in bedrooms.

 



* Keep your cat outside for part of the time.
A cat enclosure can be built to keep your cat safe outside

* An air filtration system will reduce the amount of allergens circulated.

* Ventilate your house. Opening windows and using exhaust fans can help increase air exchange and decrease air borne allergens.

* Vacuum carpets with a HEPA equipped vacuum cleaner. This will reduce the allergens. Cat dander settles onto carpets and soft furnishings, which act as a reservoir for the allergen, releasing it back into the air when touched. Remove the carpeting, if possible

* Wool attracts allergens. Try to avoid wearing it.

* Reduce your other allergies. Few individuals are allergic only to cats

* Keep the litter tray in a well ventilated area.

 

 

 


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