The best cat breeds for allergy sufferers

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About 30% of the population suffers allergy to cats and dogs, the first option being much more common than the second. However, being allergic to one or more animals does not mean that the affected person's body reacts as a result of the presence of the feline, dog, etc., but rather because of the proteins found in the urine, dander or saliva from animals, referred to as allergens.

80% of those allergic to cats are allergic to Fel D1 protein, produced in the saliva, skin and some organs of the animal. In this way, and despite the erroneous belief of many, it is not the cat's hair that causes the allergy, although the allergen can accumulate in it after self-grooming. Likewise, if you are part of the aforementioned 30% but you adore these furry companions and would love to be able to live with one, you should know that there is a series of cat breeds for allergy sufferers that produce a smaller amount of the allergen, as well as a series of very effective techniques to avoid allergic reactions. Keep reading this AnimalWised article and discover hypoallergenic cats or antiallergic cats and all our advice.

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  1. Hypoallergenic cats
  2. Siberian cat, the most recommended
  3. Balinese cat
  4. Bengali cat
  5. Devon rex cat
  6. Javanese cat
  7. Oriental shorthair cat
  8. Russian blue cat
  9. Cornish rex, LaPerm and Siamese
  10. Sphynx cat, looks can be deceiving...
  11. Tips for living with a cat if you have an allergy

Hypoallergenic cats

Constant sneezing, nasal congestion, eye irritation, ¿does it ring a bell? These are the main symptoms of allergy to cats that affected people suffer after contact with the feline. However, as we discussed earlier, the cause of the immune response is not the animal's hair, but the Fel D1 protein. This protein can accumulate in the cat's fur after self-cleaning and even be distributed throughout the home through dead hair. Likewise, the feline expels this protein through urine, so handling its litter box can also cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, reducing the allergic reaction is possible by following a series of guidelines that we will detail later, as well as adopting a hypoallergenic cat..

¿What are hypolaergenic cats?

100% hypoallergenic cats do not exist. That a feline is considered hypoallergenic, or antiallergic cat, does not mean that it does not cause an allergic reaction, it means that produces less of the Fel D1 protein or the characteristics of your hair make it distribute less of it and, therefore, reduce the immune response. However, it is not a definitive theory, since each body is different and it can happen that a hypoallergenic breed of cat does not arouse any reaction in an allergic person, but in another. Thus, it is possible that some of the cats affects you more than others and, therefore, it will not be enough to review our list, but you must bear in mind our final recommendations..

Other factors to consider

In addition to checking the breed of the animal, or its bloodline in case of looking for a mongrel feline, we can take into account the following factors that reduce the production of the allergen:

  • Since the production of the Fel D1 protein is carried out by stimulating a series of hormones, testosterone being one of the main stimulants, neutered male cats they generate less of this allergen because their testosterone levels are greatly reduced.
  • Another of the main stimulants of this protein is progesterone, a hormone produced by the cat during the ovulation and gestation period. Thus, the castrated cats they also see their amount of Fel D1 reduced.

Neutering your cat will not only reduce the immune response of your body in case of being allergic, it will also provide many benefits for its health. We explain everything to you in this article: "Neuter cats - Advantages, price and recovery ".

Siberian cat, the most recommended

Although the Siberian cat is characterized by having a dense and long coat, a fact that may lead us to think that it is more likely to accumulate more allergens, the truth is that it is considered the cat more suitable for allergy sufferers. This is so because it is the feline breed that produces the least amount of Fel D1 protein. However, as we discussed in the previous section, adopting a Siberian cat does not guarantee 100% that allergic reactions will disappear, since the reduced amount of the allergen it produces can be perfectly tolerated by some allergy sufferers, and rejected by others..

In addition to being a precious feline, the Siberian is an affectionate, docile and loyal cat, who loves to spend long hours with his human companions and to play. Of course, due to the characteristics of its coat, it will be advisable to brush its fur frequently to avoid the formation of knots and tangles..

Balinese cat

As with the Siberian, despite having a long coat, the Balinese cat also produces less Fel D1 than the rest of the cat breeds shown below and, therefore, the allergic reaction may be reduced. Also known as the long-haired Siamese, it does not require great care in terms of hair maintenance, except for two to three brushings a week to avoid the formation of tangles and knots. Likewise, his friendly, playful and faithful character, make him the perfect companion for those who wish to spend long hours with their feline, since the Balinese does not tend to bear being alone at home or sharing the company of their human..

Bengali cat

Considered one of the most beautiful felines for its wild appearance and intense gaze, the Bengali is another of the best breeds of cats for allergy sufferers for the same reason as above, your allergy-causing protein levels are lower.

In addition to having an extraordinary beauty, the Bengali is a very curious, playful and active cat. If you are not willing to dedicate hours of play to your furry companion, or you are looking for a more independent feline, we recommend that you keep looking because the Bengal cat needs to live with a person who can cover all its needs and doses of daily activity. Likewise, although it is a feline that does not usually have health problems, it does need to receive adequate maintenance of its ears because it tends to produce a greater amount of earwax..

Devon rex cat

Although many tend to think that the devon rex is part of the list of hypoallergenic cats because it has a shorter coat than the rest, it should be noted that it was not the hair that caused the allergy to cats, but the Fel D1 protein and Like the previous ones, it is on the list because it produces less of it. In parallel, the devon rex is one of the cats that shed the least hair, so the little amount of the allergen that can accumulate in it is less likely to be distributed throughout the home.

Affectionate and very affectionate, the Devon Rex does not tolerate spending many hours at home, so it requires the frequent company of its human to be a happy cat. Likewise, their ears are more prone to the excessive production of earwax than those of other feline breeds and, therefore, they need more attention.

Javanese cat

The Javanese cat, also known as oriental long hair, It is another of the hypoallergenic cats because they produce fewer allergens. Unlike the Bengali cat and the Devon Rex, the Javanese is a more independent feline and does not require the frequent company of its human. In this way, it is an ideal breed of cats for allergy sufferers, also for people who for work reasons, or others, need to spend a few hours outside the home but want to share their life with a feline. Of course, it is essential to remember that in no case is it recommended to leave the animal more than 12 hours alone at home.

Oriental shorthair cat

Exactly the same thing happens with this feline as with the previous one, since the only difference between them is the length of their mantle. In this way, the oriental shorthair cat is also part of the list of cats that do not cause allergies because they produce less allergens. However, it is always recommended perform periodic brushing to keep dead hair loss and thus protein diffusion at bay.

Russian blue cat

Thanks to thick double layer coat that this feline presents, the Russian blue cat has been considered one of the best cats for allergies not only because it produces fewer allergens, but also because it keeps them closer to its skin and less from human contact. In this way, in addition to secreting less of the Fel D1 protein, we could say that it is practically not distributed throughout the home..

Cornish rex, LaPerm and Siamese

Both the Cornish rex and the Siamese cat and LaPerm are not felines that produce a lower amount of the Fel D1 protein, but they do they shed less hair than other cat breeds and, therefore, they have also been considered hypoallergenic cats. Let us remember that, although the main cause of the allergy is not the hair itself, the allergen accumulates in the animal's coat and its skin, being distributed throughout the home when it is lost or in the form of dandruff. Therefore, cats with a thicker or curly coat like these are less likely to spread the protein. For these cases, before proceeding to adopt one of these cats for allergy sufferers, we recommend make a first contact and observe whether an allergic reaction occurs or not. If nothing happens after a few hours, or the reactions are so mild that the person in question considers that they can tolerate them, the adoption can be finalized.

It is very important to be completely sure that the cat to be welcomed is the right one, since a mistake can not only mean the loss of a companion for the allergic person, but can have very serious emotional consequences for the animal. . Likewise, for people with a very severe allergy to cats, we do not advise opting for these felines..

Sphynx cat, looks can be deceiving...

No, despite being on this list the sphynx is not a cat suitable for allergy sufferers. Then, ¿why we highlight it? Very simple, because due to its absence of hair, many people with allergies to cats believe that they can adopt a sphinx and not suffer the consequences, and nothing is further from the truth. Remember that the cause of the allergy is not the hair, it is the Fel D1 protein that is produced in the skin and saliva, mainly, and the sphynx does generate the normal amount that can develop an allergic reaction. However, as we have already mentioned in previous sections, this does not mean that there are no people allergic to cats that tolerate this feline, but they will probably be a minority.

Tips for living with a cat if you have an allergy

And if you already live with a cat that causes allergies but you would like to know some techniques to reduce the immune response of your body, ¡do not worry! Although it is not the ideal situation, you should know that you can minimize allergic reactions following our advice. Likewise, these recommendations are also suitable even if you are thinking of adopting one of the hypoallergenic cats:

  • Keep your bedroom door closed. You should prevent as much as possible that your furry companion enters your room to prevent it from spreading the allergen in every corner and thus producing an allergic reaction in you at night.
  • Get rid of the rugs and similar household items, since they tend to accumulate a large amount of cat hair. Remember that, although the hair is not the cause, the feline can transfer the Fel D1 protein to the fur through saliva, and this fall on the carpets.
  • Make sure someone else brushes your cat frequently to avoid losing a lot of hair and, therefore, distribute the allergen around the house.
  • Since cats expel protein through urine, your litter box should always be clean and, above all, avoid being the one who manipulates it.
  • Remember that neutered cats produce less of the allergen, so if yours has not yet undergone this operation, don't hesitate and talk to your vet.
  • Finally, if none of the above works, keep in mind that there are medications that can considerably reduce allergic reactions. Go to your doctor for advice.

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