Posted on Jan 07, 2012 | Comments 0
There are a lot of people in the world that would like to have a cat, but they have allergies. Now they also have the possibility to get a pet due to the hypoallergenic cat breeds.
Is there such a thing as cat breeds which can be considered hypoallergenic?
The term ‘hypo’ refers to ‘less than normal’. According to this the hypoallergenic is not a synonym for non-allergenic. So in the moment when you get a cat that is hypoallergenic, you are less likely to have allergic reactions. This means that in case you have allergies, you might tolerate the cat, but it is still possible to have allergic reactions.
Cat breeds that are hypoallergenic
You should know that there are seven different breeds that are hypoallergenic. Three of them belong to the oriental lines, two ‘Rex’ cats, and the last two offer you the possibility to have a fury or hairless cat.
The Oriental line
If you have allergies but you would like to have a cat that has the characteristics of the Siamese, you can choose from Balinese, Javanese and Oriental Shorthair.
This one of the hypoallergenic cat breeds is also known as the ‘long haired Siamese’. Because of its long fur you might think that this breed is not suitable for people with allergies. Nonetheless this is one of the breeds that produce little amounts of Fel D1 protein.
Although this is also one of the cat breeds that are hypoallergenic, it is still a good idea to groom the cat as often as possible to have only little dander.
Just as in the case of the Balinese this is one of the hypoallergenic cat breeds that have medium hair that doesn’t really mat. They don’t have an undercoat of fur and this means that they carry fewer allergens.
The advantage of these cats is that they shed little hair, so they are suitable for people with allergies.
The Devon Rex is one of the cat breeds that are hypoallergenic that has shorter and less hair. In case you get one of these cats you will have to clean her paws and ears quite often because of the oil buildup. Nonetheless the pet doesn’t need baths as often as other companions.
This one of the hypoallergenic cat breeds need more care than the previous breed, because you have to offer them full baths in order to get rid of the oil that builds up on their skin.
Since this is one of the cat breeds that are hypoallergenic that have no hair, it is the most often referred to as the hypoallergenic cat. Still you shouldn’t think that you don’t have to care for them. Oil could build up on their skin, so they have to be bathed.
As you can see, in our days you have the possibility to have hypoallergenic cat breeds even in case you have had problems in the past with allergic reactions.
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