Are there hypoallergenic cats?

My husband is allergic to cats but really wants one. He's has come into contact with a few cats in his life that he was not allergic to, which leads us to believe that there are certain breeds that he can have.

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Skylana

Asked by Skylana at 9:41 AM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Pets

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  • A hair-less cat!!! I believe they are dander free OR very LOW dander....but in my opinion they are ugly... My GF had one that was gray and the first time I saw it I screamed and put my feet up on her couch and told her a rat ran in here and is hiding under the bookshelf. Of course she laughed at me when she realized it was just her hair-less cat!!

    Check out link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphynx_(cat)

    SAHMinIL

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 10:05 AM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • unfortunately there isnt much that is dander free! It is not just fur, but dead skin as well. A Sphinx cat might be a good idea...or even try some allergy meds. I grew up with a dog, I got my first cat and started to work in a vet clinic at the same time. My allergies bothered me for about 2 months but then I seemed to have built up an immunity to it and have been fine since...of course that wont help everyone. Good Luck.
    Anubis8733

    Answer by Anubis8733 at 11:23 AM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • One more thing to think about. Most people who are allergic to cats are allergic to dark colored cats. I heard this on the news, yet it is something I had already noticed about my own cats. At the time, I had three and the buff colored one didn't bother me at all, whereas the other two would make me sneeze and my eyes itch and water if I didn't wash my hands immediately after petting them. So you might try a light colored cat with no dark on it. Also, my son and I take Clariton. It helps.
    wynnchime

    Answer by wynnchime at 10:57 AM on Jul. 2, 2008

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  • Egyptian Maos are but they're butt ugly.
    pdxmilf

    Answer by pdxmilf at 1:16 AM on Jul. 4, 2008

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