Cat and Kitten Index
|First Posted Jan 19, 2009|
Jan 21, 2020
Allergic to Cats? Do You Have Pet Allergies?
by Debora Johnson
Are you a pet lover but have allergies to animals? Depending on how bad your allergies are there may be steps that can be taken to help you. More than 15% of the population have allergies to cats or dogs. I am allergic to dogs and my daughter is allergic to cats. You might be surprised to learn that there are breeds of both dogs and cats that are hypo allergenic. That does not mean that you cannot be allergic to them. It just means that some are more bothersome than others. If so, you might find the following information useful. Of course, always check with your doctor about any medical condition. The following is only for informational purposes.
"All cats and dogs are allergenic (allergy-causing) to people who are allergic to animals. Cats tend to be more allergenic than dogs for allergic people, although some people are more sensitive to dogs than cats. Contrary to popular belief, there are no 'non-allergenic' breeds of dogs or cats; even hairless breeds may be highly allergenic. Dogs with soft, constantly-growing hair-the Poodle or the Bichon Frise, for example-may be less irritating to some individuals, although this may be because they are bathed and groomed more frequently. One dog or cat of a particular breed may be more irritating to an individual allergy sufferer than another animal of that same breed."
What Are the Sources of Irritation to Pet-Allergic People?
"Glands in the animal's skin secrete tiny allergy-triggering proteins, called allergens, that linger in the animal's fur but also float easily in the air. Allergens are present in the animal's saliva and urine, too, and may become airborne when saliva dries on the fur. The severity of reaction to these allergens varies from one person to the next, ranging from mild sniffling and sneezing to life-threatening asthma, and can be complicated by simultaneous allergies to other irritants in the environment." Humane Society of the United States
Steps that Might Be Helpful to Pet Allergy Sufferers