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Is a Tuxedo Cat Hypoallergenic? Vet-Approved Allergy Care Tips

Written by: Melissa Gunter

Last Updated on June 3, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Is a Tuxedo Cat Hypoallergenic? Vet-Approved Allergy Care Tips


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If you’re a cat lover, you’ve most likely seen, or perhaps owned, a tuxedo cat. While many people think these adorable black and white cats are a breed of their own, that isn’t the case. A tuxedo cat is actually used to describe the black and white coat color of particular cats. You can find tuxedo cats in the Maine Coon breed or even the Domestic Shorthair.

Understanding that tuxedo refers to the color and not the breed, is it possible for a tuxedo cat to be hypoallergenic? Unfortunately for those with cat allergies, most tuxedo cats are not considered hypoallergenic, though tuxedo cats of a certain breed might be considered hypoallergenic. Let’s learn a bit more about tuxedo cats, allergies, and tips that can make life easier with kitties and allergies.

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Understanding the Tuxedo Cat

The first thing you need to understand about tuxedo cats is that they are not a breed. It is simply a coat color or pattern. This pattern is bi-colored and features black and white. The name comes from the pattern these colors often take and the formal appearance that is sometimes displayed.

Generally, a tuxedo cat has a black on the rear of the body, a white underbelly, white feet, and a white nose. The tuxedo coloration can pop up in many different cat breeds and is one of the most popular patterns around. You’ll also find that even tuxedo cats come in several patterns.

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Here’s a look at what you can expect from your black-and-white pal.

  • Locket – displays as mostly black with only a small bit of white
  • Mitted – has a full black body and white feet
  • Bi-colored – half white and half black
  • Magpie – a white cat displaying black spots
  • Harlequin – a Magpie with a full black tail

What Is a Hypoallergenic Cat?

While no cat is completely hypoallergenic, there are breeds out there that are labeled as such. A hypoallergenic cat is generally one that sheds less, which minimizes the amount of allergens a cat releases into their environment with their fur. Of course, most people instantly think it’s the dander and cat hair that causes allergies to kick in. In fact, it’s this protein that stirs things up. The protein found on skin cells can easily attach to hair. When that hair is shed, the allergy-inducing protein is then all around your home. However, a cat that rarely sheds fur will still produce and shed dander.

A cat is often labeled as hypoallergenic when they don’t shed often. With less shedding, there is less potential for this protein to be spread around and trigger allergic reactions.

Here’s a look at 10 cat breeds that are labeled as hypoallergenic due to shedding less:

Is a Tuxedo Cat Hypoallergenic?

As we’ve mentioned, no cat is truly hypoallergenic, but some are labeled as such due to the amount they shed. But what about the tuxedo cat? Is a tuxedo cat hypoallergenic? The answer to that question is usually no. That is unless you find a tuxedo cat that comes from a breed that is labeled hypoallergenic (even then, as we mentioned, no breed is truly hypoallergenic). It is possible to find tuxedo coloring in hypoallergenic labeled breeds such as Siberians, the Cornish Rex, and even Oriental Shorthairs. But tuxedo cats of any other breed most likely will not be hypoallergenic.

tuxedo ragamuffin cat on the table
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How to Live With Cats and Allergens

If you’re a cat lover who suffers from allergies but can’t live your life without a kitty in your home, there are a few things you can do to make your life easier. We’ll provide you with a few tips to reduce the allergens in your home and avoid triggering your cat allergies as often.

  • Brush your cat often, or have someone help you do it, to promote natural oils and to remove excess fur and discard it easily.
  • Don’t allow your cat on furniture due to dander, or dry skin cells, being left behind.
  • Feed your cat a high-quality diet to help keep their skin healthy.
  • Wash your hands after handling your cat.
  • If you’re allergic to cat urine, make sure your cat’s litter box is clean and available for them to use instead of urinating in other areas of the house.
  • Allow others to clean and scoop the litter box so your allergies aren’t triggered.
  • Do not allow your cat in your bedroom or on your bed.
  • Avoid letting your cat lick you, as allergens are in their saliva.
  • Vacuum your house regularly to remove dander and hair.
  • Use a HEPA filter to remove allergens from the air as much as possible.
  • Most cat dander is found on surfaces with fabric (such as couches, drapes, upholstery, or carpets), so steam cleaning often goes a long way in minimizing allergies.

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Final Thoughts

While no cat is truly hypoallergenic, there are kitties out there better on your allergies than others. When it comes to tuxedo cats, no, they are usually not hypoallergenic. However, they also aren’t an actual cat breed. If you simply must have a tuxedo cat in your home and you have cat allergies, consider finding one with this coloration from breeds that are considered hypoallergenic. If not, there are ways you can live with your tuxedo kitty and avoid bad allergy triggers.

Featured Image Credit: Liao Zhiwo Henry, Shutterstock

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