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Are Sphynx cats Hypoallergenic?


Staff member
Jan 13, 2009
No, not really.

Yes it's true, some animals seem to be more tolerable than others when it comes to an allergic reaction, and many allergic Sphynx owners have claimed they are less hypoallergenic, the truth is - there are no cats including the sphynx that do not cause allergic reactions due to the saliva or sebaceous glands which carries the clingy Fel D 1 allergen that sticks to everything like carpets, sheets and furniture. In fact the Fel D 1 is so light, it can actually become airborne and your kitty may not even have to make contact with you to have the allergen effect you.

It doesn't make a difference whether a cat has short hair, long hair or no hair! In fact, a long hair female cat - light in color may give you less of an allergic reaction to Fel D 1 because their longer hair holds the sticky allergen closer to the skin!

Then of course you have the dander allergen. Dander is tiny, tiny dead skin - sort of like dandruff in a human which cats shed, and these tiny particles circulate through the air and eventually stick to your furniture, carpets and bedding. The dander is also attached to the hair that has shed as well - it too is on items around your household.

So if you are going to have a sphynx cat as a roommate and forever best friend - be sure to spend a few hours at the home he or she is currently living to be "sure" you are not allergic. Touch her/ him let him lick you, sit on the furniture in the home etc.

Remember - if possible keep your eyes peeled on a lighter colored female to reduce an allergic reaction to your possible soon to be new companion.

What Are the Symptoms of Cat Allergies?

Symptoms of cat allergies can include:

  • coughing and wheezing
  • hives or a rash on the chest and face
  • red, itchy eyes
  • redness of the skin where a cat has scratched, bitten, or licked you
  • runny, itchy, stuffy nose
  • sneezing
Symptoms of a cat allergy might develop in just a few minutes or take hours to appear. About 20% to 30% of people with allergic asthma have severe flare-ups after coming in contact with a cat.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cat Allergy?

Although the symptoms of a cat allergy may seem fairly obvious, it's not always the cat that causes them. So it's a good idea to get confirmation from your doctor. After all, you wouldn't want to blame Mr. Whiskers unjustly.
Your doctor can do a skin or blood test to see if you're allergic. However, allergy tests aren't always correct. So the doctor may also want you to try living without a cat for a few months to see how it affects your allergy symptoms.
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