PetFAQCategory: HealthAre Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?
korey-greenwald44korey-greenwald44 asked 1 year ago

Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?

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Best Answer Staff answered 1 year ago

Sphynx cats are often marketed as hypoallergenic cats, however, this claim is not entirely accurate. Hypoallergenic means having a decreased tendency to cause an allergic reaction. There is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic cat (or any other pet). Some people with allergies may be more sensitive to certain breeds or individual cats than others, but this can vary widely.

The reason Sphynx cats are often considered hypoallergenic is that they are hairless, which means they don’t shed as much hair as other breeds, and they produce less dander, which is a common allergen for many people. However, despite the lack of hair, Sphynx cats still produce allergens in the form of skin oils and saliva. These allergens can be just as potent as those produced by cats with fur, so even hairless cats can trigger an allergic reaction in some people.

It’s also important to note that there’s no scientific evidence that Sphynx cats are hypoallergenic, and no standardized testing has been done to determine the level of allergen production by this breed. Additionally, some people who are allergic to other cats may not have a reaction to Sphynx cats, while others who have no allergies to other cats may experience symptoms when around a Sphynx.

In conclusion, while Sphynx cats may cause fewer allergies in some people, they are not hypoallergenic, and the level of allergen production can vary greatly between individual cats. If you are considering getting a Sphynx cat, it’s a good idea to spend some time around the breed and see if you have a reaction before committing to adoption. If you have severe allergies, it may be best to consider a different type of pet, or to take steps to minimize your exposure to allergens in your home.

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