Cat Allergies : Are There Cat Breeds for People With Allergies?

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Contrary to popular belief, there are no hypoallergenic breeds of cat.  There are certain breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic, like the Bichon Frise, the Schnauzer and several other breeds that don’t shed.

The same cannot be said for cats.

There are certain cats that might not trigger such a severe allergic response as others.  These include the Balinese, Javanese, the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex and the Sphynx to name a few.

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These breeds may not trigger as much allergy, but according to Dr. Richard Meadows, there simply are no breeds that are perfect for people with cat allergies.

 

Cat Allergies : Are There Cat Breeds for People With Allergies?

Anecdotally, there are people that will say that they have this cat and that it’s good for them but in terms of is a Persian worse than a Devon Rex, that has real short hair, unfortunately the answer is no because the main cat allergen, which is called Fel D1 is not in the hair or the skin, it’s in the saliva and in the hair oil glands and those types of things. So even hairless cats like the sphinx have that, probably the same amount of allergen. And if you’re truly allergic to that allergen, and many people are, then it doesn’t take much of that allergen to breach that threshold.

Source:  About.com

In a video interview posted on About.com, Dr. Meadows dispels the myths about the existence of hypoallergenic cat breeds.  You can view the video below.

I have cat allergies. I also have a cat. I refuse to let my allergy destroy my relationship with my cat.

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