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What are the hypoallergenic cat breeds?

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Hypoallergenic cat breeds


What are the hypoallergenic cat breeds?


When you are allergic and its symptoms appear on you on a daily basis such as: sneezing, red eyes, difficulty breathing, it may be difficult to live with cats, and the symptoms are sometimes very unpleasant to bear.

Fortunately, there are solutions to avoid being forced to abandon any idea of ​​living with a small feline. Lovers of cats allergic to these little fur balls will be able to opt for a so-called hypoallergenic cat.


What is a hypoallergenic cat?


Contrary to popular belief, the symptoms of sneezing, eye irritation, and nasal congestion are not due to cat hair itself, but to the proteins that cover it. By licking, the cat deposits Fel D1 and Fel D4 proteins on its coat and it can also expel it with its urine. Thus, the hairs covered with this protein and the litter are sources of allergy for sensitive people.

Fortunately, there are solutions for allergy sufferers who love cats. Among these, mention may be made of hypoallergenic cats. Please note, however, that this designation should be qualified , as there is not strictly speaking a completely hypoallergenic cat. On the other hand, certain breeds produce a small amount of Fel D1 or Fel D4 proteins, which makes it possible to reduce the allergic attacks which are triggered in response to their contact.

However, humans being as different as cats are, some will tolerate so-called hypoallergenic cat breeds without any reaction while others will suffer the same effects as with a so-called normal cat.

The hypoallergenic nature is not the only criterion to take into account for anyone wishing to live with a cat. Indeed, studies have shown that castrated cats and cats sterilized produce less protein Fel D1 that due to the reduction in their levels of testosterone and progesterone.

For those who do not wish to take any risk, let's discover the 8 breeds of cats called hypoallergenic.


1- The Siberian

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Despite its long and dense coat, the Siberian cat remains the most hypoallergenic breed in the world. Indeed, it is the one that produces the least protein Fel D1. This magnificent cat has the great advantage of being docile and loyal. Affectionate and loyal, he enjoys the company of playing and for moments of tenderness. 

Its long hair requires maintenance to avoid the formation of knots. People with allergies can brush them, but there is no guarantee that an allergy will not go off, as we have seen. Despite its hypoallergenic characteristics, the Siberian can cause allergic reactions on contact. 

Ideally, go to a breeder to test your reactivity and your sensitivity beforehand. 



2- Bengal 


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The low production of protein Bengal Fel D1 will make people happy with allergies, because this breed of cat is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Its wild appearance and natural elegance have won over many humans! 

Naturally curious, lively and playful, the Bengal is active and needs attention. He does not support loneliness, so you will have to give him several hours a day, otherwise he risks distancing himself and seeking the company of other people. 



3- The Balinese 


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Thanks to its low production of Fel D1 protein, the Balinese is also considered a hypoallergenic cat breed. In addition, it loses very little hair, which reduces the spread of the allergenic protein. Nicknamed the long-haired Siamese, the Balinese has magnificent fur provided. On the other hand, it needs care, including regular brushing every week to avoid knots. 

Playful, loyal and cuddly, the Balinese enjoys company and does not like to be alone. He quickly becomes attached to his master to never leave him again. 



4- The Javanese 


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The Javanese, or Oriental Longhair, is another breed of cat that secretes little Fel D1 protein. On the other hand, unlike the previous ones, this one appreciates tranquility and solitude. It is therefore perfect for allergy sufferers and for those who cannot devote whole days to it. 



5- Devon Rex 


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Like the previous breeds, the Devon Rex produces a small amount of Fel D1 protein. It is therefore not his short hair that makes him hypoallergenic, but the small proportion of it! However, Devon Rex has the great advantage of also being among the cat breeds that lose their hair the least, which further limits the spread of the protein, while reducing your household efforts. 

The Devon Rex is an affectionate cat looking for attention. He does not appreciate solitude and will therefore be reserved for those present and available. 



6- The Sphynx 


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The Sphynx is a breed apart from hypoallergenic cats. It secretes little FEL D1 protein, but it still produces a little more than other previous breeds. However, the absence of hair prevents any risk of spreading within the house. 

Despite its appearance which can put off some, the Sphynx is a pleasant cat to pet. Very sociable, cuddly, loyal and close to his master, he appreciates company and is full of qualities. 



7- Russian Blue 


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The Russian Blue is a doubly hypoallergenic cat, because it produces little protein Fel D1 and its double thickness fur retains it on its skin, which limits its spread in the house. Very sociable, discreet and cuddly, the Russian Blue appreciates company and play. 


8- Burmese


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Burmese cats are charming and sociable. Their short and dense fur can help those with allergies. This sweet breed likes to sit on your lap and sleep in bed And to follow you from room to room.



Living with a cat when you are allergic 


If you live with a cat whose presence triggers you with allergic attacks, but you can't get away from it, there are tips that will make your daily life more bearable. 

  • Do not let your cat have access to your room so as not to deposit hairs covered with Fel D1 protein in this sleeping space where you spend several hours each night. 
  • Entrust your cat's brushing to a non-allergic person. By doing this regularly, you will prevent the spread of contaminated hair in the house. 
  • Avoid carpets and rugs that retain hair and all allergens. They tend to attract Fel D1 proteins and cause you more allergies. 
  • Similarly, entrust the cleaning of your cat's body to a non-allergic person who will be happy to keep it clean to avoid leaving the urine inside. 
  • Sterilize your cat. Not only does it improve his quality of life, but it also reduces the production of Fel D1 protein, making him less allergic to you. 

If no solution works, your doctor can prescribe a suitable antihistamine or you can study the possibility of desensitization.

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