What does Hypoallergenic Mean?
Most people believe that hypoallergenic means that the cat breed is 100% allergy free, but this is incorrect. Hypoallergenic means that the cat is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but could still trigger one in some people.
How can I tell if a Cat Breed is Hypoallergenic?
On our website, you will find a hypoallergenic rating for each cat breed. The cat breeds that have a 5 star rating are the ones that are said to be the most hypoallergenic. The cat breeds that have 1 star are the ones that are said to be the least hypoallergenic.
Will Cat Breeds with shorter fur be more Hypoallergenic?
No. Contrary to popular belief, allergies to cats do not come from their fur. Allergic reactions to cats come from the proteins in their saliva, urine, and dander (dead flakes of skin). This means that some people could even have allergic reactions to hairless cats.
How can I tell if I am allergic to cats?
When you get around certain cats you may notice: that your nose begins to get itchy or stuff/runny; your eyes begin to itch or get watery; your throat may get itchy and sore; if you have asthma, it may begin to flair up; and finally, you may develop a rash or break out in hives.
I love my cat, but get these symptoms when I am around it. Is there anyway to prevent these reactions from happening?
If you already have your cat, are suffering from these symptoms, and do not want to part ways with your feline best friend, there are a few things you can do to help prevent this problem. You can vacuum and clean your house, and replace any air filters, more frequently to get the dander and proteins out of the environment. You can also be sure to keep the animal away from your face and make sure to wash your hands after every petting session (make sure to not rub your face after petting!). Additionally, you can take over the counter medicines that are designed as antihistamine and/or nasal decongestants to help prevent the onset of symptoms.
I really like a certain Cat Breed that I found on your site, but the star ratings show that it is not hypoallergenic whatsoever. Does this mean that I shouldn’t get this Cat Breed?
Don’t count the cat out yet. As people’s reaction to different cat breeds often varies, there may be a hope that this cat may still work out for you. What we recommend is that you take an opportunity to get some one on one time with the cat breed before you make your purchasing decision. If you don’t notice any symptoms, it may be safe to say that you may have just found a new feline companion!