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Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

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What causes allergies to cats?    Allergy symptoms   What breeds are hypoallergenic?   Why are they more hypoallergenic?   Coat colours and allergies

 

Hypoallergenic breeds at a glance

  • Siberian cat
  • Devon Rex
  • Cornish Rex
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Russian Blue
  • Balinese

 

Devon Rex

What causes humans to have an allergic reaction to cats?

The primary cause of allergies to cats is a glycoprotein known as Fel D1 which is produced by the sebaceous glands under the skin, and to a lesser degree is present in the cat’s saliva.

A cat is constantly shedding minute particles of dander (skin flakes) into the environment, and when he grooms, he transfers saliva onto the coat, which is then shed around the home producing allergies in those susceptible. Continue reading

Breed Profiles

Sphynx Cat Breed Profile-History, Appearance & Temperament

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At a glance    History     Appearance    Temperament    Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?

Sphynx at a glance

  • Origin: Toronto, 1966 and Minnesota
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Hazel, green, yellow, blue, copper
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving
  • Weight: Males 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs), females 3.5-4 kg (7.8 – 8.8 lbs)
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Grooming: None

Odd-eyed Sphynx cat Continue reading