Sunday, 16 April 2017

5 Interesting Things About Cat Allergies

Having owned several cats over the years and run a pet business that put me in front of hundreds more, it has always been of interest to me why I was only 'allergic' to a certain few.  

Other people had told me the same thing about cats that they had owned, developing an allergic reaction to a new cat is more common than perhaps some realise.

I thought I would share with you a few interesting facts that my research has thrown up over the years.

  • A cat's dander (dead skin and hair) acts as a vehicle for the two proteins Fel d 1 and Fel d 4 which on becoming airborne (especially after grooming) can cause allergic reactions in some people. All cats produce dander but not all people are allergic to it.
  • Cat allergies are, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly twice as common as dog allergies.
  • Male cats generally produce more allergens than female cats.
  • Neutered male cats generally produce less allergens than intact male cats.
  • The amount of allergens that a cat produces differs from cat to cat. Some people may be surprised to learn that there are no true 'hypoallergenic' breeds of cat such as hairless cats (which some think are hypoallergenic). They still produce the same allergenic proteins of other breeds. Hairless cats may prove to be beneficial allergy-wise to some owners as they lack the coats that additional allergens such as pollen or dust may cling to.

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