2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Among the topics most discussed by cat enthusiasts, there is one that never seems to find a definitive resolution: we are talking about cat allergy and the so-called "hypoallergenic" breeds. In this article we will deal in particular with the Siberian cat, which is considered by many suitable for allergy sufferers.
In fact it is true: the Siberian, despite its long hair may raise doubts to the less experienced, is one of the most suitable breeds for allergy sufferers. Some scholars even argue that it is the most hypoallergenic of all, even suitable for asthma sufferers.
This is due to the fact that this particular breed over all others produces one lesser amount of Fel-D1, glycoprotein present in the saliva of cats and responsible for about 60% of allergies. But be careful: it is necessary to make a few more distinctions.
Fel-D1 is found only in cats, and in allergy sufferers it causes itching, nasal congestion, and sometimes more severe symptoms such as rashes, swollen / red eyes, and breathing problems. If such individuals are allergic to cats and not to other animals, they are likely only sensitive to Fel-D1. It is a stable allergen, which can remain in an environment for up to six months after the animal has left.
There are, however, more than 12 other substances which can cause the same reaction and have been identified in all mammals, including cats: allergies to dogs, hamsters and horses are caused by these other allergens. Those who are allergic to these animals (especially horses and rabbits) or to certain foods will most likely also react to small amounts of Fel-D1.
Apart from the differences between races, it is also very common to believe that between males and females there is a difference in amount of allergens produced: in reality the levels of Fel-D1 vary from cat to cat and have more to do with its family tree, but the sex of the animal is not a decisive factor.
There is also a period of " settlement"To consider: if you are allergic to cats and, after a few visits to the kennel, you opted for a Siberian relying on the fact that it did not cause you any reaction, it is still possible that you will begin to feel symptoms after bringing it home.
This is an absolutely normal reaction: your body is indeed trying to get used to the passage from an environment devoid of the allergen to which you are sensitive to one in which it is present. However, this phase should last no more than a few weeks, and the symptoms should not get worse and compromise your health.
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