Cats, Can i Have a Pet Cat if I am Allergic to Them

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Cats, Can i Have a Pet Cat if I am Allergic to Them

Do you have a mild allergy to cats?

What  breeds for allergy sufferers?
Some breeds, like hairless Sphynx or the relatively unfurry Cornish Rex, have been suggested for allergy sufferers. Its claimed that some breeds are hypoallergenic is centred around the idea that these  shed less hair than others.

Am I allergic to cat fur?
Cat allergen is found in the skin cells, saliva, and urine and not in the hair itself. It’s when the animal licks themselves when it is transferred to the hair, says a spokesperson for Allergy UK. As all cats groom themselves by licking, no breed can be totally safe.

How do I find out if I have an allergy to cats?
Allergies can be individual, and some allergy sufferers say that they can tolerate certain cats. “We don’t know why this is,” says Allergy UK. A true test of a breed would be to spend a few hours  with a cat  and see what develops. If you encourage the cat to lick you or rub you, this will let any allergy flare up. To be sure of your safety, repeat this several times. This test should be in someone else’s house or a cat shelter. Taking a cat into your own house to test is risky. “Even when the cat has left, its allergen sticks to walls, ceilings, and other surfaces for months, even a couple of years,” warns Allergy UK.

How do I keep my cat allergy controlled?
People who are only mildly allergic and strongly want to have a pet cat will need to do lots of vacuuming, buy a good air purifier, and open windows often. Keeping the cat in the kitchen or adopting a feral cat that lives outdoors, and doesn’t come into the house at all, might be one way of owning a cat. Even so, it would be good to contact www.allergyuk.org or get an allergy test via your GP.

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