You’re a cat lover, but unfortunately, your allergies don’t agree. Just being around cats for a few minutes causes your eyes to water and triggers sneezing. You’ve always believed that owning a cat is out of the question due to your allergies, but you defy your body’s natural response and decide to adopt a gorgeous Persian cat. However, as expected, your allergies resurface right on cue. So, the question remains: is a Persian cat hypoallergenic?
Persian cats are not hypoallergenic. While no cat is completely hypoallergenic, Persian cats are not suitable for people with allergies. They shed more and produce more protein compared to other breeds. Persian cats have an average amount of Fel d1 protein, which can lead to reactions like a runny nose or watery eyes.
No cat breed is completely hypoallergenic, which means that it cannot guarantee that it won’t trigger your allergies. Regardless of any claims made in cat advertisements, if you are allergic to cats, all cats will cause your allergies to flare up. However, certain cat breeds have fur types that won’t exacerbate your allergies.
Even if you have a cat breed that causes allergies, such as your adorable new Persian, you don’t have to keep experiencing discomfort or, even worse, part ways with your beloved companion.
What Makes a Cat Hypoallergenic
You may believe that the reason your nose itches and your eyes water is because of all the cat hair that sticks to everything, including you. However, that’s not the complete explanation. While you may also be allergic to the hair, most people are actually allergic to a protein called Fel d1 protein.
So, where does that protein come from? It’s not from the fur, but rather from the cat’s saliva. Many people mistakenly believe that they are allergic to the fur itself.
Then Why Do I Think I’m Allergic to Fur
The Fel d1 protein sticks to your cat’s fur, and then it sticks to all of your belongings, like your furniture, clothes, and the food you prepare. This makes people think that the fur is causing their allergies to worsen. While the fur does play a role, it’s actually the protein on the fur that is the main culprit. Since the protein is invisible, it’s difficult to understand its impact unless you are familiar with the science behind it.
If a cat sheds less or doesn’t shed at all, it means they are more hypoallergenic. The idea is straightforward, isn’t it? When there is less cat hair floating around your house, there is also less Fel d1 protein to cause your allergies.
Are All Cat Breeds the Same
If you have allergies, don’t worry because you’re in for a treat when looking for a new best friend.
Certain cat breeds can affect your allergies differently based on their fur type, length, and the amount of Fel d1 protein they produce. While no cat breed is guaranteed to not trigger allergies, some breeds may be more manageable than others.
Take a look at the list in the following section to get an understanding of which cat breeds could reduce the amount of tissues you use.
What Cat Breeds are Hypoallergenic
While it’s true that no cat is completely hypoallergenic, there are a few other cat breeds you might want to think about:
1. Sphynx (also known as hairless cats)
2. Oriental Shorthair
3. Russian Blue
These breeds are considered more suitable for people with allergies due to various factors. For example, the Sphynx cat is hypoallergenic because it doesn’t have fur to trap the Fel d1 protein.
Different cat breeds like the Balinese, Russian Blue, and long-haired Siberian cats produce a lower amount of the Fel d1 protein.
Many people think that the only choice for those with allergies is a hairless cat. However, there are other alternatives available. You don’t need to dismiss long-haired cats just because you’re worried about their fur; you just need to do some research beforehand.
What About the Persian Cat
Persian cats are absolutely stunning, with their beautiful long fur and distinctive faces. They are so amazing that you might even forget about your allergies and decide to adopt one.
And as soon as you arrive home: Achoo!
Your allergies may not find your new Persian cat as adorable as you do. Despite your cat’s cleanliness and your efforts to remove fur from your home, you still experience allergy symptoms. Surprisingly, these symptoms might even be worse than when you visit your friend who owns an orange Tabby cat. Although the Tabby has shorter hair, it doesn’t necessarily mean that longer hair leads to more sneezing.
Why Is the Persian Cat Worse for My Allergies
We’ve already discussed the Fel d1 protein that you’re most likely allergic to. It’s linked to the fur on your cat.
Persian cats have a greater amount of fur and shed more, resulting in increased production of protein, particularly if they are not bathed frequently. Unlike the long-haired Siberian cat, which can be somewhat hypoallergenic, the Persian cat produces the typical amount of Fel d1 protein. This implies that the level of hypoallergenicity is not solely determined by the length of your cat’s fur, but also by the quantity of fur they have and shed in your home.
Tips to Deal with Allergies as a Persian Cat Owner
So you got yourself a Persian cat (or any other breed that isn’t hypoallergenic) thinking you wouldn’t have allergies because of your cat. And you don’t want to let go of your new BFF! Here are some suggestions for handling those pesky allergies:
- Don’t let your cat roam everywhere. You don’t want to restrict your furry friend too much, but maybe Fluffy can’t sleep in your bed.
- Make sure to give your cat regular baths. If you’re not up for the task, find a reliable and skilled groomer.
- To prevent allergens in your home, utilize HEPA cleaners.
- Try using a powerful vacuum cleaner.
Will My Cat Sometimes Shed More than Other Times
The amount of shedding your cat experiences is likely influenced by various factors, including its diet and the climate in which you reside. However, if you live in a place with four seasons, it is probable that your cat will shed more during the spring and summer months. During winter, your cat grows a thicker coat to keep warm, and then sheds this fur in the summer to stay cool. This shedding process is often referred to as “blowing their coat.” As a result, your allergies may not be as severe during winter, but they may worsen as temperatures rise.
But Will My Allergies Ever Go Away
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely. While you can take steps to minimize allergens in your home, if you’re allergic to cats, you may always have to cope with allergies.
You can also consider using allergy medicine recommended by a doctor. As I mentioned before, no cat is completely hypoallergenic, so if you want a cat as a pet, the best you can do is minimize allergens in your home.
If You Can’t Beat them, Join them.
Don’t forget: allergies don’t have to be the end of the line. I knew someone in my family who adored cats. I mean, absolutely adored them. Everything she owned was cat-themed. She even made it onto the front page of the local newspaper for being the “crazy for cats” lady in town. She also had three cats of her own. And you know what? She was completely and totally allergic to cats. But with proper care and attention, she was able to live with her cats without any major issues. And if she could do it (despite her allergies), so can you.