are Exotic ShortHairs non allergeic
on Sep 5th 2012
in Home Grooming
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There are no non-allergenic cats. Humans are allergic to a protein in cat saliva, not to the hair itself. Your reaction depends on your individual sensitivity to each and every cat. You may be allergic to one, but not to another. There's no way of knowing except by being exposed.
Monster answered on 9/5/12. Helpful? / 0
No cat is "hypo-allergenic" but some breeds may be more easily tolerated by those with allergies. Exotic Shorthairs are not one of them. Some breeds that may be more easily tolerated include: Siberian, Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, Sphynx, Balinese, Javanese, and Oriental Shorthair. www.catster.com
Research these breeds, make sure the allergic person handles and can tolerate the kitten that may be bought, work with an allergist, bath the cat once a week may help, get rid of carpeting or invest in a vacuum with a good hepa filter.
Linus (Dreamboat #72a) answered on 9/5/12. Helpful? / 0
Im allergic to cats and I found that most long haired breeds (maine coons and siberians) dont effect me as much. Spaying/nuetering your pet helps, feeding a good food, and general grooming. :) I have a Maine Coon and she has yet to bother my allergies.
Avoid the hairless cats. Despite popular belief, they are some of the worst allergy ridden cats out there. They dont have the typical fur to keep their skin healthy so they tend to shed more dander, and require frequent baths becuase of the oils on the skin (their wrinkles can get chaffed.) With cat allergies, it could be tow things: the dander or the saliva. If your allergic to the dander, theres hope. If your allergic to the saliva, theres a high chance you wont be able to live with cats.
Siberians (large fluffy cats, similar to the Coon) are proven to be more hypoallegenic. They actually dont have the gene that produces the protein to cause allergies. :3
Freyja answered on 11/27/12. Helpful? / 0