So you love cats and are eager to add a feline member to your family. But alas, you or someone in your family is allergic to cats. One day you hear someone talking about purebred hairless Sphynx cats and you become intrigued by the possibility of a hypoallergenic cat, because, no fur, no allergies right? well, not exactly. Are sphynx cats hypoallergenic? The short answer would be no. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat. There are however cat breeds who’s allergens are not as prone to spread all over your home. The Sphynx is one of them.
So, are sphynx cats hypoallergenic?
Contrary to popular belief, the allergen all cats produce originates in the cat’s saliva, not their fur. Once the cat licks his fur during daily self grooming sessions the allergen is transferred to the cats fur. That fur is then shed on furniture all over your home and causes health issues to people with allergies. So the fur is actually the main culprit is spreading the allergen, making your allergic reactions more sever.
Now, Sphynx cats also produce the cat allergen in their saliva, and they also lick themselves. But the difference is that they don’t have any fur they can shed, Making it harder for the allergen to spread all over your home. Offering a less allergenic alternative to humans suffering from allergies.
So Sphynx cats are not completely hypoallergenic, but they are the feline of choice for many people who are allergic to cats. That being said we would be remiss not to mention that allergies come in different types and different severity levels. If you suffer from allergies and are thinking about getting a cat, any cat, it would be wise to first interact with the cat, prior to adoption, to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
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