No, Tonkinese cats are not hypoallergenic. No cat is truly hypoallergenic because they all have the protein allergen Fel D1 in their saliva, skin, and urine. Even though the Tonkinese is a low-shedding breed, they are still able to trigger allergic reactions to people with cat allergies. They are not recommended for people who have severe cat allergies, but they can be a good option for people with mild cat allergies.
If you are thinking about adding a Tonkinese cat to your household and want to know more about the breed, keep reading.
What is a Tonkinese cat?
These cats have gentle almond-shaped eyes that are aquamarine, topaz, or sapphire in color. Their eye color usually depends on their coat pattern. Their unique coat pattern is their most notable characteristic.
There is a difference between the body color and the darker points that is subtle rather than striking where the points and body color meet.
The firm body and strong, slender legs are well-muscled and balanced by an elegant and gently tapering tail that is neither thick nor whippy. The paws are oval rather than round. Their well-spaced, shapely ears are pricked forward and perfectly balanced on a sculptured head with rounded edges and gentle slopes. The muzzle is defined by a whisker pinch. In profile, they have a slight-nose break and a firm chin of medium depth. The eyes are large and expressive.
Their coat comes in four base colors which are platinum, champagne, natural, and blue; and three coat patterns which are point, mink, and solid. Making a total of 12 individual color combinations.
Tonkinese cat personality
Tonkinese are friendly, active, and loving. They demand attention and affection and will not rest until they get it. They will follow you around, ride on your shoulder, and want to be involved in all family activities.
They like to meet people and will not like to stay at home alone all the time. If you work during the day, it is ideal to get them a friend to keep them occupied, like another cat or even a dog.
Like the Siamese, the Tonkinese is brainy and active. They like to jump up to high places, to play fetch, and can even learn to walk on a leash. Teach them tricks and provide them with interactive toys to keep their mind and body exercised.
They can be stubborn in their quest to get their own way, but their goofy behavior is so endearing that it seems trivial.
They are a talkative breed, but they are not as raspy or loud as the Siamese.
They have an affectionate side and they love to sit on your lap as soon as you sit down.
Are Tonkinese cats hypoallergenic?
No, Tonkinese cats are not hypoallergenic. They produce the protein allergen Fel d 1 just as much as other non-hypoallergenic cats. Despite being a low-shedding breed they can still trigger allergic reactions in people with cat allergies. But when their dander is kept under control, they can be an unproblematic pet for people with mild cat allergies.
How much do Tonkinese cats shed?
Tonkinese cats are low-shedders. Their short coat does not require much upkeep beyond a weekly brushing. As long as you brush their coat with an appropriate brush or comb, you can remove their loose hairs and effectively lessen the dander in your home.
What if I want a Tonkinese cat but have allergies?
Before getting a Tonkinese cat of your own, be sure to do extensive research regarding the breed. If you have a friend or know a breeder near you who has a Tonkinese cat, ask them if you can spend time interacting with their cats. Observe and note how your body reacts to being around the cats.
This step is essential because if you get a Tonkinese and later on realize that it is not a good fit, you risk having to rehome the cat.
Tips on managing cat allergies
The Tonkinese is a low-maintenance, low-shedding cat that requires minimal grooming. Brush their fur at least once a week to keep their loose hairs and dander under control. Brushing multiple times a week can be a good bonding for you. Baths are not that necessary unless they roll on something dirty or smelly. If your cat hates baths, try wiping their body with a damp towel.
Ask your veterinarian about the best cat food to give your cat. They might need to be put on a breed-appropriate diet to ensure that they are getting all of the necessary nutrients. Give your cat food that is rich in Omega 3 to help keep their skin and fur healthy. Make sure they have access to fresh, clean water all day to keep them well-hydrated.
Cleaning is key
Vacuum your carpets, floors, and fabric furniture frequently to remove any fur and dander that might have settled. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down smooth surfaces like bookshelves and tables. If your budget allows it, invest in an air purifier to help filter out allergens in the air circulating in your home.
Keep your cat outside the bedroom
Give your body a break from allergens by keeping your bedroom dander free. Make sure you keep your bedroom door closed at all times so your cat does not wander in there. This will make you sleep more soundly without having to worry about allergic reactions.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after every physical interaction with your cat. This is to avoid transferring allergens to your face from your unwashed hands.
If none of the tips above are effective, you can ask your physician about what type of anti-allergy medication is best suited for you.
No, Tonkinese cats are not hypoallergenic. Despite being low-shedders, they can still trigger an allergic reaction in allergy sufferers as much as any other non-hypoallergenic cat. They are not a recommended breed for people with severe allergies, but they may be a good choice for people with mild allergies.
To manage your cat allergy, groom your cat properly, give your cat a breed-appropriate diet, clean your home regularly, keep your cat out of the bedroom, wash your hands after touching your cat and take antihistamine medication when necessary.
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