Are Sphynx Hypoallergenic?

Sphynx are NOT "Hypoallergenic" but in our experience, there has been very little allergic response from even the worse allergy sufferers who have adopted our cats.

In the strictest sense of the word, "hypoallergenic" means producing a lower amount of allergic response. It is well known that some breeds of cats have much greater allergenicity than do other breeds, and Sphynx have been noted by allergists to be one of the breeds with relatively less allergenicity.  This, however, does not guarantee that a susceptible individual will not suffer an allergic response when encountering a Sphynx.

The feline species as a whole produces at least six antigens known to cause sensitivity to human beings--the most allergenic and best defined antigens are the feline d 1 protein and feline albumin.  These antigens are secreted by all types of cats, so no cat can be said to be non-allergenic. 


Sphynx may produce less of the fel d 1, feline albumin and other proteins which elicit allergic responses; however, these studies have never been done making it impossible to make this statement with surety.  One can, however, make a strong statement regarding the Sphynx's paucity of hair relating to a decrease in the cat's ability to concentrate and store allergens secreted by the skin.

If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.

 

-Lemony Snicket

We encourage feline allergy sufferers to go to a show or visit our cattery in order to see if they can tolerate living with a Sphynx.

Facebook