No, the Turkish Angora, or simply the Angora, is not considered hypoallergenic. Even if they do not shed much, they can trigger allergic reactions in allergy sufferers just as much as any other non-hypoallergenic cat breed. They are a bad choice for people with severe cat allergies, but may be an option for people with mild cat allergies.
If you or anyone you know is looking to add an Angora to their household and you wish to know more about the breed, keep reading.
What is a Turkish Angora cat?
The Turkish Angora cat is a naturally occurring breed from Turkey whose line can be traced back several thousand years.
They are a medium-sized breed with a long, svelte, well-balanced body. They have long slim legs and a long tail. Their hind legs are taller than the front. They have large ears and wide eyes. Their coat is medium long, and has a single layer with no undercoat. This makes the coat easy to care for. The coat has seasonal variations but even when shorter, it is soft and silky and moves when the cat is in motion.
Like the Turkish Van cat, some Angoras have one blue eye and one amber eye. Another similarity they share is the seasonal shedding of their coats that become shorthair in warm months and fuller in the cold months.
Turkish Angora cat personality
The Turkish Angora is a smart and intelligent cat that bonds well with humans. They have an affectionate and playful personality which makes them a good choice among families. It is loyal to its humans and does not like being left alone. They have no problem getting along with people of all ages.
They like to be a part of everything you are doing and want to get your attention. They love being the alpha, even with other animals.
They get along with other pets in the house but they are not shy about showing them who is in charge.
They are independent cats who like to go about their day on their own and are not huge fans of cuddles. They will not stay more than a few minutes on someone’s lap before they get up to go do their own thing. They like to stay close, usually staying in the same room as their human, lying on the floor, overseeing all of the goings-on around them.
They are a talkative breed. They are extremely vocal and have no problem holding conversations for a long time.
Are Turkish Angora cats hypoallergenic?
No, Turkish Angora cats are not considered hypoallergenic. They can trigger allergic reactions just as much as any other non-hypoallergenic breed. Though they do not shed as much as other longer haired cats, and they still produce the protein allergen Fel d 1 and it can be present in their fur and dander. They are a poor choice for those with severe cat allergies, but they can be an option for those with mild cat allergies.
How much do Turkish Angora cats shed?
Turkish Angora cats shed less than other long-haired cats. They have a low maintenance coat that usually only requires a weekly brushing to keep clean and healthy. As long as a cat owner is diligent in brushing and bathing an Angora, their dander production can be kept under control.
What do I do if I want a Turkish Angora cat but have allergies?
Before getting an Angora of your own, do your research about the breed. Learn about its dietary needs, exercise requirements, temperament, and grooming needs. If you are able to find a breeder, ask them if you can spend a few hours with their cats. Note how your body reacts to the interaction with the cats. This step is vital because if you get an Angora and later realize that it might not be a good fit, you may risk having to rehome the cat.
Tips on managing allergies
If you have allergies but are set on getting a Turkish Angora cat, here are some tips on how to minimize allergic reactions:
Turkish Angora cats have a low maintenance coat that needs at least weekly brushing with a fine-toothed comb or slicker brush. This will help remove loose hairs and keep dander from further spreading in your home. Baths are not that necessary unless your cat rolls on something dirty or smelly. If your cat hates baths you can try wiping their body down with a damp towel to remove any dirt or dander.
Consult with your veterinarian about giving your cat a breed appropriate diet. This ensures your cat is receiving all of the necessary nutrients. Give them food rich in Omega 3 once in a while, as it will help keep their skin and coat healthy. Make sure they have access to fresh, clean water all day to keep them well-hydrated.
Clean your home
Vacuum your carpets, floors, fabric furniture, and curtains regularly because these are the surfaces around your home that dander is likely to settle on. They can trigger allergic reactions for days or even weeks if not cleaned. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe smooth surfaces like wood furniture and tables to pick up dirt and dander easily. If you can afford to, invest in an air purifier that will filter the air in your home of allergens and dander.
Keep your kitty out of the bedroom
Give your body a break by keeping your bedroom an allergen-free space. Keep your bedroom door closed so your cat does not wander into it and spread fur and dander. This will help you sleep better.
Wash your hands
Make sure to wash your hands after every physical interaction with your cat. This is to avoid transferring allergens to your face if you accidentally touch it.
Consult with your physician about what type of anti-allergy medication is the best for you.
The Turkish Angora cat is not hypoallergenic. Even though they do not shed as much as most long-haired cat breeds, they can trigger an allergic reaction just as often. They are not recommended for people with severe cat allergies but may be a fine choice for those who have mild cat allergies.
To lessen the occurrence of allergic reactions, make sure that you groom your cat properly, give them a breed-appropriate diet, vacuum and clean your home regularly, invest in an air purifier, keep the cat out of the bedroom, wash your hands after touching your cat, and to take antihistamines when necessary.
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