Cats are considered sacred animals for a reason, they were revered in Ancient Egypt, identified with the gods. Today the cat is one of the most common pets. People admire her grace, dedication and affection for her family.
What is not allowed is the most desirable. Allergic and animal-loving people dream of having a furry creature in their home.
The allergen is not the animal itself, but the Fel D1 enzyme, which is contained in saliva and which is produced by the sebaceous glands. The allergenic particles are very small and quickly spread through the coat and surrounding objects.
Protein microparticles are absorbed into the cat's fur. When an allergic person comes into contact with a furry cat, an allergic reaction occurs. Hence, it seems that the allergy to wool. Some people think that after buying a hairless kitten, their problem will be solved.
All cats produce enzymes that cause allergic reactions. But some breeds contain less, others more. Hypoallergenic cat breeds include such breeds as: Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, Canadian Sphynx, Don Sphynx, St. Petersburg Sphynx, Laperm, Siberian and Balinese cats.
Rexes and sphinxes have a specific appearance. If the Devon Rex has a short coat, and the Cornish Rex has curly hair, then the sphinxes are devoid of wool at all. It is easier to wash off the secreted substances from the sphinx's skin.
If you want to have an animal with full hair, the Laperm, Siberian or Balinese cat may be ideal for you. They produce less Fel D1 protein than other cat breeds. Siberian and Balinese cats have a straight coat, while Laperm has curly hair.
There are several facts that can influence the choice of a kitten:
- cats produce less dangerous allergen than cats;
- castrated animals are less allergic than non-castrated ones;
- kittens produce fewer allergens than adult animals;
- animals of light color produce less dangerous enzymes for allergy sufferers than animals of dark color.
If you get a cat of any of the breeds described above, there is still a possibility that at a certain period, the allergy will make itself felt. To avoid this, you must adhere to some simple rules: restrict the access of the animal to the bedroom, systematically bathe or clean the animal, use air purifiers in the room. Dust accumulation should be avoided. The combination of several types of allergens can cause unexpected reactions. Before buying a kitten, you need to "talk" with the animal and its parents, check if there will be an allergic reaction. If not, after the purchase, you can fully enjoy the company of your pet.