Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hypoallergenic cat breeds

While there aren't any non-allergenic cats, some cat breeds are considered hypoallergenic. This means there's a smaller risk of them triggering allergies than other breeds. Surprisingly enough, several of these breeds have a long coat.

Cat allergies generally aren't connected to the cat's hair - most people are allergic to proteins from the cat's saliva and skin oils. These proteins are distributed on the coat when the cat washes itself, and then spread around the house when the cat sheds.

Some cat breeds produce less of these proteins than other breeds do, and these breeds are gentler on people with allergies than other types of cats.

The Balinese, Russian Blue, and Siberian all produce little of the allergy causing protein.

Bengals produce as much of the protein as most other cats, but they also have a very fine coat, which means they don't groom themselves as much as other cats. Thus their hair carries less allergens. Bengals also shed very little.

The Cornish Rex only has an undercoat. Less hair means less shedding, and less causing of allergies.

The Sphynx cat is completely hairless. That means any allergy-causing substances stick to the cat instead of being spread around the house.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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