Can black cats be hypoallergenic? Unfortunately, there are no truly hypoallergenic cats as all cats produce dander.
Some cats produce more dander than others, making certain breeds more favorable to people suffering from allergies.
There Is No Magical Hypoallergenic Black Cat
Let’s start with the cold truth and that is there is no such thing as a 100 percent hypoallergenic cat, be it a black cat or any other color.
You see, Fel d 1 protein is what causes people to have an allergic reaction to cats. This protein comes from saliva, skin, and urine.
When a cat cleans itself, this protein gets all over their fur, which in turn gets all over your house and this is what causes your allergies.
So “technically” it is not actually your black cats’ fur that is making your eyes water and causing you to sneeze up a storm!
An Oriental Shorthair Black Cat Could Be The Way To Go
The most obvious answer here for those who want a hypoallergenic black cat is to go for an Oriental short hair.
They have a very fine coat; they do not shed much and with regular grooming, they can be as close to hypoallergenic as you can get.
Big Spenders May Like A Sphynx
A Sphynx is most certainly an acquired taste, but there is something very captivating about a black sphynx cat.
A black sphynx cat is very close to being hairless, but they are one of the most expensive breeds out there. It is not an exaggeration to say you could spend up to a grand!
Also, while they may not leave hair all over the house, a sphynx cat can leave earwax in less than desirable places.
Rex, But We Are Not Talking T-Rex!
If you want a cat to still have a bit of fluffiness to them there are two rex breeds that may be ideal for you.
A Cornish Rex cat only has the bottom coat of fur. This means they still have a bit of “fluff” to them, but they shed far less.
With the right amount of grooming and cleaning on your part, a Cornish Rex black cat could be fine with your allergies. It is harder to come by a fully black Cornish Rex cat.
There is also a Devon Rex black cat which looks lovely. These have even less fur than a Cornish Rex.
So again, with the right amount of care, allergies may not be an issue with a cat like this.
Combating Those Allergies
Getting a black cat that is as close to being hypoallergenic as possible is only the start of the battle!
You will also need to make sure that you are vacuuming areas they like to sleep and relax regularly. Getting a dedicated pet vacuum is going to help you greatly here!
Staying on top of the cat fur that gets around the home is the best way to prevent your allergies from driving you crazy.
Can Black Cats Be Hypoallergenic? My Thoughts
Our American Shorthair called Coco thankfully doesn’t cause either Yurena or me any problems when it comes to allergies.
Coco doesn’t seem to shed a lot of fur compared to other cats in my experience.
I can only imagine the horrible and stressful situation a cat lover would be in, suffering from pet allergies.
It must be so frustrating having to take so many extra measures to have a pet and in extreme cases, having a pet may not be possible at all.
As a lover of all animals, I’m very happy that I don’t suffer from pet-related allergies and I truly feel for people that do.
Hopefully, people that do suffer, can find solutions that give them relief from their symptoms…
So can black cats be hypoallergenic? No, but you may just find the cat that is good fit for you and your needs.
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