Hypoallergenic Cats: The Truth

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The Case of The Hypoallergenic Cat

You’ve been speaking to a friend about your allergies.

You tell them that you think it’s really unfair how you ended up having to deal with all of the annoying symptoms over the years and they didn’t.

You feel frustrated that they get to hang out with their cat all day while you can’t even be in the same room as one without taking medication or flaring up.

This upsets you because you love cats to the moon and back.

Out of sympathy, your friend agrees to help you do some research about whether or not you’ll ever be able to have your own pet cat.

After a few searches, both of your eyes light up as you come across the idea of hypoallergenic cats.

“Finally, the answer!” You both think.

Slow down there, Kitty Cat.

The case of hypoallergenic cats seems to be a myth.

Find out more below.

Long Fur Means More Allergens?

Long fur on cats can be cute. Most people enjoy running their hands through soft, silky cat fur. The only downside of having stroked your cats’ fur for a while is that when you look around you notice that it’s gotten everywhere! But it’s not the fact that they have long hair that is causing more allergens.

Note: you’ll find out that one of the suggested hypoallergenic cat breeds has very long hair!

More hair only means more of an opportunity to spread the already existing allergens around.

The Real Reason Why People Are Allergic to Cats

The most common misunderstanding about allergic reactions to cats is that it is all about their hair.

This is incorrect. While hair plays a large role, it is not the only factor.

According to scientific research, cats produce a particular protein that no other animals produce.

It is called the ‘Fel d 1’ protein.

This is the name of the allergen that causes all the nasty reactions.

But, we won’t go too far into the science of it.

We know you guys are really just curious cats yourself, and if anything, you want to see some cute cat pictures

So, we’ve added one below, just for you.

Hypoallergenic Cats

After you’ve had your moment – keep scrolling to find out more about the situation on hypoallergenic cats.

How Cats Spread Allergens

There are three main ways that cat allergens are spread:

  1. The Fel d 1 protein is present in cats’ saliva. When cats groom themselves with their tongue, the saliva dries and evaporates, meaning that it is floating around in the air.
  2. It is common to see cats walking around brushing up against everything. While this seems cute and affectionate, they are coating everything with their hair and allergens. This is why people allergic to cats can flare up without the cat even being there. It’s the same for the airborne saliva in the first point.
  3. When stroking our cats, our hands are in direct contact with the allergens – especially if your cat licks you! That means that us, ourselves, are a transporter of these allergens (guilty!)

10 Breeds of ‘Hypoallergenic’ Cats

As you’ve already discovered, the case of a completely hypoallergenic cat is a myth.

However, there are some breeds of cat that our allergic cat-lovers can be hopeful about:

  1. Oriental Short Hair
  2. Cornish Rex
  3. Devon Rex
  4. Balinese
  5. Siberian (long-hair, don’t care!)
  6. Javanese
  7. Sphynx
  8. Russian Blue
  9. Bengal
  10. Burmese
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