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what kind of cat is this?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
well.. I am very allergic to cats, but there is this cat that I cuddle with and play with it, and no signs of allergies.. all other cats, I start coughing, my eyes get red and etc.. so I want to get this kind of cat.. help?..
I am really new to this.. I dont know anything about cats, mkay?... I just want someone to help me find a cat that I am not allergic to.. because I love cats..I guess I never learned more about them because of the allergie..:|

here is the pic... http://photo-origin.tickle.com/image...O409222836.jpg

post #2 of 9
The cat in the pic just looks like an ordinary tabby.(male, I assume)

The allergies are a reaction to when the cat sheds their hair, therefore, I don't think there is a cat out there that you won't be allergic to since they all shed. Maybe the cat in the pic just doesn't shed as much as other cats and that is why you are not having an allergic reaction to him.
post #3 of 9
Actually, the majority of allergic reactions to cats are due to the FEL d-1 protein found in cat saliva and cat dander.

There are some breeds that have a lower amount of this protein, as well as I assume some in the general moggie population as it's a rare, but naturally occuring mutation.

The cat in the pic looks like a very lovely, red tabby mixed breed or moggie, but those have to be the most unusual markings I've ever seen.

If you really, really, really want to get a cat, look into the Siberian breed as this breed is reputed for having a lower FEL d-1 protein count and most are well tolerated.
post #4 of 9
That's just a mixed breed red tabby - nothing special about him. Not sure why you are not allergic to him but to others like him (mixed breeds).

But some of the rexes are less allergenic because they don't shed like a normal cat. A sphynx has no fur, but if you are allergic to the saliva you'd be more allergic to sphynx as they lick themselves.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you...

well... I know only this:Charlie, the cat I am not allergic to, licked my hands, and
nothing.. and oh, it sheds a lots...

I really like Bombay cat..
do Bombay cats have lower FEL d-1 protein ?

I live in a big apartment, so it would be an indoor cat. there is always someone at home..
post #6 of 9
I copied this from a website I found:

Are there any hypoallergenic cats?

There are no hypoallergenic cats, nor are there any cats that do not shed. All cats shed, but some have a much denser hair coat than others and shed a larger quantity of hair than those with a thin hair coat. But since the dander and not the hair is the problem, shedding is not that important in allergy control. As we mentioned earlier, many people are allergic to certain types or individual animals and not others.

People with pet allergies might want to consider getting a reptile or fish as a pet.

How can a person reduce allergic symptoms to a pet?

If you or a member of your family is part of the 15% of our population allergic to pets, there are things you can do to help keep allergic reactions under control and make your home a much more comfortable place to live. Even if you do not have allergies, these tips are helpful if you have guests in your home that are allergic to animals.

We spend from one third to one half of our time in our bedrooms. By keeping the animals out of the bedrooms at all times, we can greatly reduce the symptoms of pet allergies.

Install a good "HEPA" air cleaner.

Close the ducts to the bedrooms and use electric heaters.

Clean and vacuum regularly.

Bathe your pet weekly.

Do not allow your pet on the furniture.

Do not allow your pet in your car. (Or use car seat covers when your pet is in the car.)

Brush your pet daily and use an allergy-reducing spray such as Allerpet.

Keep your pet's skin healthy by feeding a high quality food and a fatty acid supplement.

Wash your hands after handling the pet, his toys, bed, etc.

See your physician and discuss possible immunotherapy or medications.
post #7 of 9
I looked online and alot of people said that Siberian and Devon Rex cats were low-allergen cats and that people usually don't have strong allergic reactions to them.
post #8 of 9
I guess the only issue now would be: do you want a long hair cat(Siberian) or a hairless one(Devon Rex)?LOL!
post #9 of 9
Honestly, your best bet is to find a few breeds you like, find some local breeders and visit the catteries in person to see which ones affect you the least.

My ex has a Bombay though, and I'm only mildly allergic, but she always affected my allergies, so I doubt that'd be the breed for you.
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