As adorable as Persians look some cat lovers may have a hard time dealing with allergies or asthma which are exacerbated by the fluffy furs of the Persian which requires a lot of maintenance shed a lot.
Are Persian Cats Hypoallergenic?
No, Persian cats are not hypoallergenic. They have long coats which carry high levels of dander that causes allergies. Their long hair can also hold more dust particles and other allergens compared to many other cat breeds. Another cause of cat allergies is the cat litter sticking to the pet’s fur. The bad odor of cat’s urine may also cause reactions in some people.
What makes a cat hypoallergenic?
No cat breed is completely hypoallergic. The culprit for cat allergies is a glycoprotein called Fel d 1. It is produced by cats in both their salivary glands and their skin’s sebaceous glands. When cats groom, they add this protein to their hair where it dries as dander.
Some cat breeds naturally have a lower level of this protein in their skin and saliva, such as the hairless breeds like Sphynx and Rex. Female cats, especially if spayed, tend to have less of this allergen, followed by neutered males. Intact males produce the highest levels.
How to reduce cat allergies?
While Persian cats are not the ideal pets for allergic people, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms:
1. Grooming the Persian cat.
One way to keep the amounts of allergen down from a Persian cat is to groom it. Grooming will not only remove mats and tangles but will also reduce shedding. Bathing will also help significantly but it is always a challenge for felines. Wiping your Persian with a non-toxic unscented sheet or other pet-safe wipe may help pick up some of the dander.
2. Clean the house.
When you keep your house clean, it also reduces cat dander and the amount of Fel d 1 protein from cat saliva. Dust surfaces and vacuum the areas that collect these allergens such as furniture, curtains, windows, walls and ceilings. It is recommended to clean and vacuum your house 2 or 3 times per week to reduce cat allergies.
3. Use air purifier.
There are air purifiers that can provide substantial relief from a cat allergy. Using a high quality purifier will reduce the number of airborne allergens, including cat dander in your home. Purifiers work by forcing air through a filter, which traps dander, pollen, and other allergens. However, once an allergen lands on a surface, it will not be able to remove it. Dusting and using vacuum is still essential.
4. Keep the cat out of the bedroom.
To avoid sleeping with allergens, it is better to keep your cat out from the bedroom. Cat owners are prone to bringing their felines to the bed but if this results in the worsening of symptoms it is better to disallow your cat from going inside your room.
5. Use antibacterial handwash.
Use antibacterial hand wash after touching your cat.
6. Wash pet bedding regularly.
Pet bedding can be easily filled with cat fur and dander, especially with the long-haired Persian cats. Washing it every few weeks is recommendeds.
Persian cats are not hypoallergenic due to their long fur that can be home for dander. Dander can carry the allergen Fel d 1 which is the main cause of allergies. It is essential to groom the cats hair, and bathe it if possible. Cleaning the house regularly and use an air purifier.
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