When I tell people I meet for the first time that I have a Persian cat I often hear comments like “Aren’t they bad for allergies” and “I’m allergic to cats” or “does your cat make you sneeze all the time” and so on and so forth.
You get the idea, people assume that if your cat has long hair that it will somehow bring out their allergy and they will implode into a sneezing fit.
Many people wonder if the Persian cat is hypoallergenic or not.
What Does it Mean When a Cat is Hypoallergenic?
Some breeds of cat are often referred to as hypoallergenic which means that they’re less likely to cause an allergy to suffers.
The main causes of cat allergies are cat dander and a protein (Fel d 1) that is found in cat saliva.
You may hear people referring to low allergy cats or hypoallergenic, technically no cat is 100% hypoallergenic. This is actually a common myth.
There are breeds of cat that produce more cat danger or more Fel d 1 from their saliva and these will cause allergies in people that suffer from these types of allergies.
Are Persian Cats Hypoallergenic?
Persian cats aren’t hypoallergenic and can bring out allergies due to their long coats that can often contain high levels of cat dander if they aren’t bathed often.
All cats produce the protein Fel d 1 in their saliva but Persians aren’t the worst breed for the production of this protein. unneutered male cats tend to produce more of this protein than females.
Personally, I’ve never had any friends or family have an allergic reaction to my Persian cat so I can’t say that the Persian is a bad cat for allergies.
If you have a history of allergy symptoms around cats then the Persian cat may bring out these symptoms. There are actually a lot of preventions that I will cover later in this article.
Which Breeds of Cat Are Said To Be Hypoallergenic?
As mentioned above no breed is 100% hypoallergenic but the breeds below, in general, are lower allergy cats than say a Persian or Maine Coon.
- Siberian Cat (Low Fel d 1 protein)
- British Shorthair
- Russian Blue
- Devon Rex
- Cornish Rex
- Balinese (Low Fel d 1 protein)
- Oriental Shorthair
How To Reduce Cat Allergies
You’ve decided that you just can’t live without that fluffy Persian kitten that you’ve seen or you’ve bought a Persian cat and realised it’s causing you to sneeze and have runny eyes and the usual cat allergy symptoms. So what do you do now?
There are several ways to reduce cat allergies and most are very easy to implement.
If you have a Persian cat then you should be grooming it. Not only is it very important to brush their fur to remove mats and tangles but this will also help reduce shedding which can cause allergies.
Bathing your Persian cat is also another vital element to not only keeping their fur in top condition but this also reduces cat dander significantly. If your allergy is caused by cat dander (as many allergies are) then this could help you.
Cleaning Your House
This might sound obvious but keeping your house clean will not only reduce cat danger but it will also reduce the amount of Fel d 1 protein from cat saliva.
Regular vacuuming and dusting of surfaces will prevent allergies. Vacuum everywhere, the walls, ceilings, furniture, blinds and curtains.
Don’t forget to clean the windows as they’re an area that often catches cat hair.
If you clean and vacuum your house 2 or 3 times per week you will reduce the chances of your allergy flaring up.
Certain air purifiers can remove pet dander from the air and as a result, this can vastly reduce your cat allergy. Definitely worth the investment in my opinion. I recently reviewed the best air purifiers for cat allergies which you may find useful.
Keep Your Cats Out of Your Bedroom
Everybody loves sleeping with their furry friend snuggled up at the bottom of the bed or on your pillow but this is the worst thing you can do for cat allergies. If your cat sleeps on your bed or pillow when you’re out then you will be breathing in cat dander and Fel d 1 protein whilst you’re sleeping which is sure to set off your runny nose. Avoid this if you can.
Use Antibacterial Hand Wash
After touching your cat be sure to use antibacterial hand wash before touching your face or eyes. Again, this is just a precautionary measure you may want to take.
Wash Pet Bedding Regularly
Pet bedding is a haven for cat fur and dander, I recommend washing pet bedding every few weeks to avoid allergies.
Move The Litter Box
Cat litter boxes are a place where bacteria manifests. Moving the litter box from a living room or bathroom to a utility type room can work wonders. Another tip would be a hooded litter box or an automatic litter box.
If you have an allergy to cats then the Persian cat certainly isn’t the easiest breed to contend with but that’s not to say it isn’t possible.
It will be hard work and will require a fair amount of maintenance in order to keep your home an allergy-free place.