I like looking around and answering people’s questions about Sphynx cats on various forums and places like Yahoo answers. The thing is there is such a lot of misinformation out there that I wonder if the message gets through (especially if the asker doesn’t really want to believe the answer). Because of this I thought I would start these series of posts called Hairless Cat Myths, just to set the record straight about the misconceptions people can have about Sphynx cats and kittens.
I have an allergy to cats, will a Sphynx Cat be suitable for me?
About 1 in 10 people have allergies of one sort or other, and it is twice as common to have an allergy to cats as it is to dogs. An allergy is the body’s immune system sensing some outside agent as dangerous to the body and will react to it. Sneezing for example is the body trying to expel by force the agent, running eyes are the body trying to wash it away.
The most common cat allergies are reactions to protein (Fel d 1 )in the cat’s saliva, dander (flakes of skin) and urine. The Sphynx has the same protein as regurlar cats which means one thing… if you are allergic to normal cats, you are going to be allergic to Sphynxes too.
Don’t be fooled by some not-so-honest breeders who will try to suggest that Sphynxes are hypoallergenic. There is no such thing as a non-allergenic cat.
Male cats will produce more allergen than female cats due to their testosterone levels increasing fel d 1 production, but for the allergic person either sex will cause problems. The issue with the cat allergen is that it is so small that it is hard to keep levels low without professional level filtering in the house, or ensuring there are no-go areas for the cat that do not share common air areas with cat areas (such as a hall).
Sadly as you can see from the above the myth about Sphynxes being hypoallergenic is just that, a myth.