The allergens from cats that can cause trouble are their skin, hair and saliva. The latter is deposited on the skin and hair of the cat when grooming and is estimated to be responsible for 10% of cat allergy sufferers.
Although there are breeds that produce less allergens, and therefore are better choices for allergy sufferers, it’s important to note that there is no truly hypoallergenic breed of cat. Also be aware that different individual cats produce and shed differing amounts of allergen and there is no easy way to test for this.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the top breeds to investigate when allergies are a concern:
- Cornish Rex
- Devon Rex
- Oriental short haired cats
- Russian Blue
Good news for cat loving cat allergy sufferers is that allergy shots (routine injections of allergens that can result in tolerance to cats over time) are more likely to be successful for those allergic to cats than those who are allergic to dogs.
Other things you can do are:
- Rinse your cat thoroughly once weekly to reduce the level of surface antigen (there is no proof that this is of benefit, but some sufferers swear by it)
- Use air filters and keep home well ventilated
- Consider use of an outdoor cat run in conjunction with the home
- Remove carpets
- Wash bedding weekly
- Wash hands straight after handling your cat
Before adopting or purchasing your forever cat always spend some quality time with them so you can be sure those tissues can stay packed away!