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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey, I am looking to get a cat, I really want a hypoallergetic cat, but not a hairless. I was thinking of a Balinese, but I am not sure. I also would prefer an indoor cat. I am really not sure of what kind of cat to get . Do you think you all could help me thank you.
post #2 of 14
There really is no hyperallergenic cat in existence. There are people who claim their cats are good for allergy sufferers, but it isn't the hair that people are allergic to, it's the dander. AllerPet is a good product to use on your cat in dealing with bad allergies.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yeah sorry I wasnt more clear. I meant to say, I have heard of cats that are less prone to cause allergies, such as siamese, balinese, oriental shorthair. But I read if you bathe them at least twice a week then it souldnt be a problem.
post #4 of 14
I don't think I recommend bathing your cats that often. I've heard of people doing that and because cats groom themselves with their tongues, they end up ingesting soap that isn't completely rinsed off. Besides it strips the coat of oils. I would rather recommend wiping the cat down every other day or so, with just a clean water dampened cloth. As for a type of low allergen cat, I'm sorry I can't help you with that one..
post #5 of 14
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oo no I wouldnt want that to happen thank you.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Oh and I do have two small birds that arent placed very high up. I dont know if this will be a problem or not. I would like to get a kitten instead of an adult cat, so if I can teach he or she early not to try to eat them then it wont be a problem, but how would I teach a kitten this?
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by hops
Yeah sorry I wasnt more clear. I meant to say, I have heard of cats that are less prone to cause allergies, such as siamese, balinese, oriental shorthair. But I read if you bathe them at least twice a week then it souldnt be a problem.
I've never heard of anything about those breeds being less prone to cause allergies. The only breed that I have heard of with those claims in the Siberian.
http://www.siberiancats.com/allergy.htm
post #8 of 14
If you dont want your birdies eaten then just dont get a cat.

Birds, rodents, reptiles are all preys for cats
post #9 of 14
I have cat allergies, but really only when I get their fur directly in my face and I also seem to build up a resistance to the particular cat after a while. As far as Siamese being low-allergen, my Siamese is the one the causes the worst reaction in me.... but then that could be because he is always head-butting me in the face!!
post #10 of 14
Yeah, Siamese (and therefore balinese) are probably poor choices if you have birds. They like high places and can REALLY jump. Also, I'd have to agree with katiemae1277, of my friends that have had cat allergies, the siamese are the ones that they're most allergic to.

Most of those same friends have had less of a reaction to longer haired cats. I don't know why, and can't give you any reason, but a typical Domestic Long Hair seems to bring out less problems for them. I have also heard of the siberian cats being low allergen. They claim it's because they have fewer protiens in their saliva, but to get the effect you have to have a pure-bred.

The Allerpet C really does work. You have to keep up with it though. Also, a good vaccume used fequently helps a whole lot. Finally, you can keep your bedroom "kitty free" which will help with the suffering---my ex was very allergic so I tried everything in the book to get him ok with my little Chester.

Good luck on your search!
post #11 of 14
I can't help with the cat breed bit!

I can recommend Petal Cleanse/C for keeping down allergens!

I don't know how you would teach a cat not to eat your birds! I have fish and get a paw in the water once in a while when it's feeding time, but I can't my kitties not to have a go!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by hops
Hey, I am looking to get a cat, I really want a hypoallergetic cat, but not a hairless. I was thinking of a Balinese, but I am not sure. I also would prefer an indoor cat. I am really not sure of what kind of cat to get . Do you think you all could help me thank you.
Mica us a balinese and her fur gets everywhere, my cousin who is allergic to cats is also very allergic to her. Whenever my cousin comes over she has to take an anti-histamine and she will still get a very runny nose and teary eyed, even if she has no contact with her. In fact I think she is more allergic to her than Rocket.
post #13 of 14
My understanding is that allergists are now saying that even a person who is allergic to Cat "A" and Cat "B" may find he does NOT have an allergic reaction to Cat "C" -- and the differences between the cats may not necessarily have anything to do with breed. They say it's often an entirely individual thing, and all you can do is see how you respond to a particular cat.

Of course, there are people who have such intense allergies that they really WILL react to every single cat they encounter... but if your condition isn't that serious, you may be able to find plenty of kitties you don't react to!
post #14 of 14
Well, I've heard several theories. I have always been allergic to cats, but the allergy seems to be suppressed by constant exposure. So my cats bother me only very occasionally, when I've gotten sloppy about vacuuming. LOL

I have also heard that cats with dark-colored fur have more allergenic dander on them than light-furred cats. Since I have two all-black and one black-and-white, I guess I should be dead by now with an inhaler clutched in my lifeless hand. ROFL

However, allergies or no, I would definitely not recommend bringing a cat into a household with birds, mice, or other prey. Not only is it not fair to the cat, do you really want your bird freaking out all the time because their cage is being staked out by a predator?
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