Ask a Cat Lady: Is There Really Such a Thing as a Hypoallergenic Cat?

Mar 2nd 2012  |   1 Contribution

This week’s question comes from Careth T., who asks: I really want to get a cat, but my husband is mildly allergic. What kind do I get? (He’s totally on board and we’d like to rescue.) I’ve heard that longhaired kitties are better for allergies.

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Cats and Sneezes
By Sarah Donner

If you tend to suffocate when a cat is in your face
You might need a special breed to accomodate your special needs

Theres a protein inside the kitty gene
that causes allergies called Fel d 1
It can make you wheeze, cough and puff, and sneeze
If you lose your steez, what is to be done?

According to the Internet, science doesnt know quite yet
if there is a single cat truly hypoallergenic
But here is a list of breeds that are possibilities:

Devonshire and Cornish Rex make very curly pets
Balinese are petite, slender are the Javanese
Oriental shorthairs are very active so take care
Siberians need big homes because they are big boned
The Sphynx can freak out your friends because they are naked!

Its not the hair that makes you sick, it's enzymes inside their spit
So make sure you try out your pet before you commit to it

SOURCES: AllercaCatster forumsWikipediaCatworld

 

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