What Are the Best Cat Breeds For People With Pet Allergies
Millions of people around the globe are allergic to cats. In fact studies show many of these same people have cats. Many people automatically think that because they are allergy sufferers, they cannot get a pet.
For cat lovers who are also suffer from pet allergy, there are certain breeds of cats they may be able take home. These cat breeds are considered hypoallergenic (no such thing) and are known to rarely trigger allergy attacks.
Cats are notorious stimuli for allergens because of a protein called Fel D1, which is found in their saliva. When a cat licks its fur, spit containing Fel D1 dries and becomes airborne. Since pat dander is so light it sticks to everything it comes in contact with.
When the allergen particles enter the body through the nose and the sinuses, they elicit an allergic reaction and symptoms start to show up. However, there are breeds that produce less Fel D1, making these cats great choices for people who are suffering from allergies.
Below are five cat breeds considered by experts to be hypoallergenic. Take note that hypoallergenic does not mean non-allergenic. These cats may still set off a person’s allergy, but attacks are significantly fewer compared to “regular” cat breeds.
Balinese cats, also called long-haired Siamese, are known because of their very long hair. Because of this characteristic, Balinese cats seem like a dubious candidate for a hypoallergenic cat. However, this breed produces less Fel D1 protein than other cat breeds. They may not look like it, but they cause fewer allergic reactions.
If Balinese cats are abundant with hair, Sphynx cats are a hairless breed of cats. That is why many people associate it for being hypoallergenic. However, being a hairless cat breed does not mean that Sphynx cats are maintenance-free. These cats often accumulate gummy buildups of oils on their skin and ears, thus the need for frequent bathing and cleaning.
Devon Rex Cats
There are two types of Rex Cats: the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex. Between the two, Devon Rex has the shorter and lesser fur. Cornish Rex requires more upkeep than Devon Rex. Though the Devon Rex will not need frequent full baths, its paw pads and ears have to be cleaned regularly because these parts accumulate oil easily and some people are allergic to such substances.
Siberian cats sport moderately long hairs like the Sphynx. But because of the low Fel D1 levels in their saliva, they are also a good option for people with allergies who want to get a pet cat. 75 percent of allergy sufferers claim that they have not experienced serious allergic reactions while taking care of their Siberian cats.
They are also considered to be one of the best hypoallergenic breeds of cats. However, Oriental cats are susceptible to having dander because they easily shed off their fur and skin. Some people may be allergic to dander, so regularly grooming Oriental cats is essential.
Remember before getting a cat, it is important that a person spends some time with the cat first to test if the allergies remain in check or not.
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Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store