I’m Prone to Allergies! Can I Still Have a Cat?

 

Have you always been a cat lover?

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 Or, your Significant Other says, “Love Me, Love My Cat!”

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Or, your child is BEGGING to add a kitten to the family?

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But, alas, you have allergic reactions whenever around a fabulous feline?  Your allergies cause you watering eyes and a runny nose?

Don’t Despair!

Although, there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic breed of cat, there are options for types of cats who emit fewer allergens.   Some cats produce less of the protein Fel D1 (the allergen in cat saliva that causes problems for allergy sufferers).

  • Males produce more allergenic secretions than females
  • Intact males produce more than neutered males
  • Dark cats usually produce more than light-colored cats
  • Kittens produce fewer allergens than adults

Some breeds of cats that shed less or produce less dander (which may also cause allergic reactions) are:

  • Balinese
  • Bengal
  • Cornish Rex
  • Devon Rex
  • Javanese
  • LaPerm
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Russian Blue
  • Siberian
  • Sphynx

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Even with owning a “hypoallergenic” cat, you’ll still want to go the extra mile help keep your home as allergen free, as possible.  You can do this by giving your cat frequent baths and brushing.  If these tasks cause your symptoms to flare-up, it’s best to hire a groomer or enlist the services of a family member.  The study proven effective frequency is washing your cat 2 -3 times a week.  You’ll also want to wash toys and cat bedding at least once a week.  Some sufferers also find that home air filtration systems help keep the air clear of dust and dander.

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