You love everything about cats. From the way they walk and talk to how they express themselves in that unique cat-like way that makes them so intriguing. The only problem is, you are allergic. You and a cat in a room usually result in itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and general misery. Forget about even petting a cat. Fortunately, NuVet has some good news. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic cat and NuVet is here to introduce you to five of them. It is important to note that there is no such thing as an allergy-free cat but cat lovers everywhere, who also suffer from allergies, have found that they can comfortably share a sneeze-free home with these particular breeds. Keep reading to learn more.
What causes cat allergies?
Before we continue it is important to note what it is exactly that causes those allergic to cats to suffer. Twice as common as dog allergies, as funny as it might sound, what people are actually allergic to is a protein, called Fel d 1, which is in the cat’s saliva as well as the cat’s dander, which is the dried skin that flakes off or rests on the cat’s fur. And when a cat grooms himself, which most cats tend to do a lot, they can get a good dose of saliva on their fur, which may also already have some dander on it. You come in contact with both of these and next thing you know, you’re sneezy and itchy.
5 Hypoallergenic Cats
Quite a unique sight to behold, the Sphynx is hairless. Known for being a very sweet and gentle cat, their lack of fur makes it difficult for the Fel d 1 protein to adhere to them. Another peculiarity of the Sphinx is that they actually find bathing quite pleasant, which is a good thing as it is generally a good idea to give them a nice warm bath, with a gentle cat shampoo, once a month or so to keep their skin healthy.
Unlike most cats, whose coat is comprised of 3 layers of fur, the Cornish Rex’s coat only has the downy undercoat. As a result, they do not shed like other felines, which can make them more tolerable for cat allergy sufferers. Many Rex owners claim their allergies are non-existent.
Like its name suggests, this breed of cat has curly hair! It is thought that the nature of this cat’s unusual fur is why dander has a hard time spreading around and causing irritation. Additionally, the LaPerm sheds much less than other breeds, which is also helpful in curbing those pesky allergy symptoms.
It might surprise some but the Siberian cat, which is quite furry, (think Persian cat) is known as being friendly to cat allergy sufferers. This is because the Siberian cat’s saliva and dander has been shown to contain less of the Fel d 1 protein that makes those with cat allergies so miserable. If you have ever envisioned yourself with a fluffy little cat purring on your lap than the Siberian might be just what you are looking for!
Similar to the Cornish Rex, the Javanese only has one layer of fur. However, unlike the Rex, who has the downy undercoat layer the Javanese has only the top coat. And a cat with less fur – is a cat that has less of a vehicle for the Fel d 1 protein to be carried around your environment. Cat owners with allergies have found the Javanese an allergy-symptom-free pleasure to live with.
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Read part two of this article in 5 More Hypoallergenic Cats for Cat Allergy Sufferers.