Hypoallergenic cat breeds do exist, but some confusion lies in the meaning of the word. The prefix "hypo" simply means "less than", so cats in this category may cause less allergic reaction, and less severe symptoms than other breeds. People who have cat allergies are actually allergic to a protein that is found in the saliva, urine and glands of all cats. Hypoallergenic cat breeds appear to produce less of this irritant, and they are listed here, but many other factors and variables seem to apply. Even among the more desirable hypoallergenic cat breeds, unneutered males tend to produce allot more of this protein than neutered males, with females producing the least. Regularly bathing the cat in question seems to help some allergy sufferers as well, by reducing the saliva the cat invariably deposits on its fur while grooming. When the saliva dries it turns to dander and becomes airborne both on loose hairs and on its own. When it is breathed in, the allergic reaction is triggered. It may take days or weeks of exposure for a reaction to develop, meaning that an hour or two of sneeze-free contact with a potential kitten is not a guarantee that the future will be just as bright. Nonetheless, many happy folks have found the cats listed here to be small miracles, so check them out....(honorable mention to the Maine Coon cat, which can also be less irritating.) Special warning about breeders or companies guaranteeing a non-allergenic cat. So far, that simply does not exist at any price. Enjoy the journey and always remember.......Cats Rule!
O.K. so while you check out all the fancy felines in the -Cat Breeds Encyclopedia- keep in mind that all breed descriptions are generalizations and don't apply to all individuals. Learn about your potential new best friend, research breeds and breeders thoroughly, and always remember...Cats Rule!
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds
that should never be outside cats. Hairless
breeds like the Sphynx
are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors.
Docile breeds like the Burmese
may not be able to defend themselves. All cats allowed
outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not
put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and that was a
saber-tooth! Still, most of us feel a little
envy when we see our
domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of
liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom.
what do YOU think
.....Inside Cat or Outside Cat?