A huge number of people suffer from cat allergies. Scientists have proven that there are hypoallergenic pet breeds that do not cause discomfort to their owners. According to the prevailing stereotype, many believe that such a cat must be without hair. However, on the list of hypoallergenic breeds, there are some pretty fluffy representatives.
Cause of cat allergy
The main cause of cat allergies is a substance called glycoprotein. It is produced by the sebaceous glands of the animal and spreads through the air, getting into the human respiratory organs. Healthy people do not react to such a process, but for allergy sufferers, glycoprotein causes a lot of suffering.
Even if you have a hypoallergenic cat, try to ventilate the apartment and bathe your pet more often. Try to limit contact with your clothing.
Scientists have been trying for many years to prove whether there are cat breeds that can be considered hypoallergenic. Scientific research has not yet given an unambiguous answer to this question. However, there is a list of varieties of cats that, due to certain properties of the coat, practically do not cause allergies. It is noteworthy that cats are less allergenic than cats.
"Bald" cats for allergy sufferers
Not every owner can have a bald cat. Such animals have a rather exotic appearance and require special care for themselves. However, for allergy sufferers, they are a chance to have a four-legged pet at home.
There are special wet wipes and air fresheners that can help reduce allergens. Even if you have a hypoallergenic cat, these products are worth getting.
The Sphynx breed belongs to hypoallergenic hairless cats. Such animals are completely devoid of hair and secrete a minimal amount of glycoprotein.
Hypoallergenic short-haired cats
There are cat breeds that also do not cause allergies, but at the same time do not have such an exotic appearance as sphinxes. A striking example is the "Rex". The Devon Rex breed, for example, has a distinctive short wavy or even curly coat. In addition, these cats not only do not cause allergies, but also very rarely shed. They do not require special care and do not differ in their finicky nature.
The Russian blue cat is also suitable for allergy sufferers. Her coat is short, and her appearance is very pretty. The animals are quite plump in constitution and have a beautiful velvet shade of coat. Outwardly, they resemble plush toys.
The Javanese cat also has a muscular appearance and short hair without an undercoat. Like the Russian blue, it is optimal for living with allergy sufferers.
Fluffy hypoallergenic cats
The most striking representative of fluffy hypoallergenic cats is the Siberian breed. The coat of these animals is long, but they practically do not secrete the hormone that causes allergies.
The Balinese cats, often referred to as the "Longhaired Siamese", also have thick and fluffy coats, but the enzyme that causes allergies is minimal. Outwardly, this breed does not correspond at all with the characteristic "hypoallergenic".