Technically, there is no such thing as a 100 percent hypoallergenic domestic cat (or dog). If your allergy is not severe, these breeds should come pretty close. The following is a guideline which petMD recommends for people who want to adopt a feline, yet feel their options are limited due to allergies.
Despite popular belief, hypoallergenic cats don’t exist. The reason some cats are recommended over others for allergy sufferers is due to how much protein they produce.
Variation in cats
Kittens produce less Fel d 1 than adult cats. Female cats produce a lower level of Fel d 1 than (unneutered) males, while neutered males produce levels similar to those of females. Both intact and spayed females produce similar levels.
American Shorthair cats are very friendly and a perfect pet addition to your home. However, they are not hypoallergenic, making them unsuitable for individuals highly prone to allergies.
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Then you may have already heard the myth that Russian Blue cats are hypoallergenic. Is it true? Yes and no. It is true that Russian Blue cats have lower levels of Fel d 1, the protein in cat saliva and skin secretions responsible for your itching and wheezing.
It is one of the oldest natural cat breeds in North America. Most Maine Coon lovers would love to know whether they are hypoallergenic. The short answer is no. These breeds are not ideal for people with pet allergies and sensitivities.
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Immunotherapy involves getting allergy shots once or twice weekly for up to six months, then monthly boosters for three to five years. Some people develop complete immunity, while others continue to need shots, and still others find no relief at all.
With a coat like a wild tiger, Bengals are fiercely loyal, they are also a great hypoallergenic breed.