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What Breeds of Cats Are Best for People Who Have Allergies?

What Breeds of Cats Are Best for People Who Have Allergies?

Nothing can be worse than loving your cats and having severe allergies. Some people will suffer in silence and deal with it to have their favorite feline around, but there are options for those of you who are allergy sufferers.

Even with the best air filters and the strongest antihistamines, and even the most hypoallergenic pet could still cause serious allergy sufferers to have bad reactions.

Are There Hypoallergenic Cats?

Certain breeds of cats are considered lower on the allergy scale than other breeds, and that is because they produce less of an amount of pet dander than others. Some people are also allergy to a protein that is contained in a cat's saliva, and that could cause allergic reactions.

The truth is that there is no specific completely non-allergenic breed of cat because every feline produces some amount of dander. But, there are breeds that have less dander, and so it's easier for people to deal with who have sensitive allergenic reactions.

What Breeds of Cats Are Best for People with Allergies?

The breeds of cats that are the most hypoallergenic are: Balinese, Bengal, Burmese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Javanese, Ocicat, Russian Blue, Siamese, Siberan and Sphynx.

Allergies can be triggered not only by proteins in saliva, but also in cat urine and their dander. The dander is the dry flakes of skin found in the fur that often flake off and get into the air to irritate the nose or eyes.

People who have allergies to cats sometimes grow out of them after a period of time, because they develop a tolerance to the allergens after being exposed to cats.

If medications don't relieve your allergic relations, here are other ways to deal with the allergies (other than getting rid of the cat, which we do not recommend):
  • Get an Air Purifier. An air purifier in the house removes impurities from the air and filters out the cat dander that makes you sneeze and cough. The commercial air purifiers are usually better, according to experts.
  • Clean the House. Keeping the floors, furniture and surfaces around the house as fur-free as possible will keep the allergens from spreading around the house. Shake out the rugs, vacuum the seat covers, and clean the areas where your cat grooms himself.
  • Also use the Cleaners and Deodorants that are offered in the Litter Space section of our site.
  • Bathe your Kitty. Bathing your cat every four to six weeks with a cat shampoo can decrease cat danger build-up and reduce extra hair and saliva. Rinsing the cat is important, but it's not easy because many cats don't like being dowsed with water.
Inevitably you will want to feel comfortable when you snuggle with your kitty, and maybe some of these suggestions, or a combination of them will make you suffer less if you are allergic.
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