Most information about hypoallergenic cats you could have learned in the basics section. To enrich your knowledge we would like to provide you here with more interesting cat facts about allergy-friendly cats. This covers both some statistics and unusual findings. Let’s dig in the list to find out more.
Interesting Cat Facts Focused on Hypoallergenic Breeds
- Scientist claim that around 5-15% of the world population is allergic to cats.
- Up to 40% of people who suffer from asthma are sensitive to cats.
- Allergic symptoms may not occur until there have been days or weeks of constant exposure to the cat.
- Interestingly long-term exposure to cats may cause both increasing or decreasing of allergic symptoms. Exposure to cats impacts people differently.
- A person who suffers from allergies by specific breed may not be allergic to some other breed and vice versa. Allergy to cat is very specific and influence different people variously.
- Many cats are left to shelters due allergies of their pet owners.
- The hypoallergenic term does not mean the cat won’t cause any allergic reactions. Cats referenced as hypoallergenic or allergy-friendly cats are however believed to have a positive effect for people with allergies due lower production of allergen responsible for allergic symptoms.
- It is said male cats produce more allergen than female cats. Moreover neutered males may produce less allergen than non-neutered males.
- Kittens produce less allergen than the adult cat. Therefore be careful while purchasing a cat. The symptoms may not show in the beginning while the cat is young.
- There was a study where 320 patients were tested for allergic reactions to cats. It showed that dark-coloured cats tend to cause allergic reactions four times more than light-colored cats.
- Woollen sweaters retain more cat allergen that cotton tops, even after washing.
And how about you? Do you know any interesting cat facts about non-allergenic cats? Let us know in the comment.