If you suffer from cat allergies owning a cat may be challenging. But some cat breeds don’t spread as many allergens as others do, so there may be hope for you yet. Siamese cats for example are surprisingly such a breed. So if you’re wondering – Are Siamese cats hypoallergenic, keep reading.
Are Siamese cats hypoallergenic?
Since it is thought that cat fur is responsible for cat allergies, you wouldn’t think Siamese cats, with their full and long coat of fur, would make good candidates for people with cat allergies. In reality that is not the case, but to explain why Siamese cats don’t actually spread that many allergens one needs to understand how cat allergies work.
The spread of allergens occurs when cat dander becomes airborne
The thing is, it is a common misconception that cat fur causes cat allergies. It is actually cat dander (and namely the spreading of cat dander) that is the real culprit here. Cat dander exists in a cat’s skin and saliva. When a cat licks itself cat dander allergens are transferred onto the cat’s fur. When that fur is then shed the allergens become airborne, spreading well, everywhere.
Siamese cats don’t shed as much as other breeds
Here’s the shocker! Despite having a full coat of fur, Siamese cats don’t really shed a lot. Not only that, but the Siamese cat’s long coat actually helps trap the allergens in the cat’s skin and stops them from spreading. This means Siamese cats don’t spread as much dander as other short haired, fur shedding cats do. So they don’t spread a lot of allergens and therefor could be a good fit for an allergy ridden household.
Don’t jump for joy just yet
Siamese cats do spread less allergens than other cat breeds but that doesn’t mean they’re hypoallergenic. Even in small amounts cat allergens can cause inflammation. So at the end of the day it really comes down to the amount of allergens your body can withstand. For example, if you suffer from a minor case of cat allergies a Siamese cat may be your dream cat!
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