Wednesday 5 October 2011

Are Siamese cats hypoallergenic?

The answer is, No, I am afraid to say. There is nothing in the best books or on the internet that tells us that Siamese cats are hypoallergenic. There is no reason why they should be.

There is no reason why any cat or cat breed should be. What makes the domestic cat allergic to some people is the Fel D1 allergen, a protein in the cat's saliva.

All cats, purebred cats or not have this allergen in the saliva. It seems though that some breeds are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but it is anecdotal.

The Siberian comes to mind but breeders will tend to promote breeds in some way or another and hypoallergenic properties is a good promotional tool. Sorry of that sounds a bit cynical.

I expand on hypoallergenic cat breeds. Individual cats may be less likely to cause an allergic reaction and tom cats that are not neutered are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. I should know. I fed a male stray cat I named Timmy and I itched when I saw him. No other cat caused even the slightest sign of an allergy.

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