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Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

 

 

Want to adopt a cat, but suffer from allergies? Maybe you’ve tried coping by taking antihistamines, and have a HEPA air filter in your home. You may have even heard the term "hypoallergenic pet" but not know it applies to cats.

 

Some feline breeds exist that are considered "hypoallergenic," or produce fewer allergens than others. Cats produce pet dander, but the culprit for the estimated 10 percent of the population allergic to cats may be a protein present in feline saliva.

 

Technically, there are no 100 percent hypoallergenic domestic cats. The following is a guideline which petMD recommends for people who want to adopt a feline, yet feel options are limited due to allergies:

 

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  • Add Siberian Cats to the
    09/30/2013 01:23am

    Siberian cats originated in Russia and are still hard to find in the US. They are becoming more popular now due to their low allergen qualities. They are beautiful, intelligent and have great temperaments. As a breeder, we encourage people to visit and play with our kittens/cats to see how they react. I have terrible allergies but no symptoms with our siberians. www.newenglandsiberian.com

  • Siberian
    09/30/2013 03:50am

    Why don't you have the Siberian on the list.

  • Siberian Cats too!
    02/26/2014 01:34am

    Siberian Cats should top that list. I have bred and raised them for over 10 years now and have placed easily 100 kittens in that time and most into allergy homes or homes with allergy suffering relatives. We've only had two ever returned due to allergies and both were cases with severe asthma and general allergies as well.

    My husband also has moderate cat allergies and is fine with our small cattery taking over our home. They have been shown in various lab tests to be low on Fel D1 but the real proof is the very many successful and happy Pendraig Siberian Cat owner homes enjoying an allergy free existence with their Siberian cat. Of course "hypo" means low or under, not without or none so they aren't allergy free and we place carefully with testing and advice on how to prevent reactions with HEPA filters, regular vacuuming with the right vacuum and raw diets which reduces the allergen level significantly for all breeds.

  • 02/26/2014 01:47am

    Hypoallergenic Cats & Siberian Cats Article - what they are, how it works and how to determine if the cats work for you and manage your home to prevent reactions:

    http://www.pendraig.com/siberian-cats/hypoallergenic-cats.php

  • Balinese hypoallergenic
    06/30/2014 01:56pm

    I did much research in finding a cat that was hypoallergenic, and I finally found one. I tried going to several animal rescues, breeders of Bengal, orientals and even Siamese cats until I visited a Balinese cat breeder in NJ.

    To my surprise, my Balinese cat does not cause an allergenic reaction to me in any way. In my research I found out that it has nothing to do with hair length or the type of fur. It is just plain and simple, the amount of protein allergens cause allergic reactions in people.

    Only cats that produce genetically less amounts of these allergens are supposedly considered hypoallergenic which makes total sense as I am allergic to rag-dolls and bengals, though they are lovely but do not produce less of the horrific allergens.

    For this reason I've also made sure to get a Balinese kitten from both Balinese parents, rather than a Siamese and Balinese breeding because Siamese cats are not hypoallergenic and can produce long haired kittens that do not have the same hypoallergenic quality of the Balinese cat.

    I'm very happy of acquiring my Balinese kitten, and would recommend this breed to anyone, allergic or not. Very intelligent cats, sweet, beautiful and somewhat dog like.


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