exist, but some confusion lies in the meaning of the word.
prefix "hypo" simply means "less than", so cats in this category may
allergic reaction, and lesssevere 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
Cats have been selectively bred for appearance and temperament
thousands of years no doubt starting with the first good mousers who
themselves useful in the first farmhouses. Recently all sorts of
exciting varieties have been developed including several hairless
breeds and some fabulous felines like the Singapura which is one of the
smallest. Along with different domestic cats
there are an assortment of wild cat/domestic cat crosses that add lots
of spice to the mix. Exotic cats are in vogue too. Many of the
varieties of cats listed here are pedigreed and recognized by the Cat
Association(CFA), the world's largest cat organization. Check them all
out in our exclusive -CatStats-
Inside Cat or Outside Cat?
Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside
unsupervised? Well there are definitely some pure breeds
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
otherwise encounter. Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every
night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he 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? Comment
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