Are Sphynx Cats Hypoallergenic?


Sphynx cats, as well as other cat breeds such as the Devon Rex, are also considered to be hypoallergenic. Although you can Google this query, some search engines can trick you and appear to provide the response you want. However, if you dig a little deeper, you can soon discover that this is not the case. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, contrary to common opinion. Just wait, there's more! If you have moderate allergies and are looking for a companion, the Sphynx cat might be a good choice.

While Sphynx cats are not hypoallergenic, their lack of fur means that less allergens end up in the world, which includes your home. Another common myth regarding the Sphynx breed is that it is hairless. There is no such thing as a hairless Sphynx cat. The amount of hair that develops varies greatly from one cat to the next. One may be almost completely hairless, while another may have hair on their ears, tail, and feet, which is very normal. However, since Sphynx cats have so little fur, they do not shed. A large number of allergens are released into the atmosphere as a result of shedding.

When it comes to cats, the biggest allergen that people are susceptible to is a glycoprotein known as Fel d1. This is the main allergen found in all cats' saliva and sebaceous glands. Despite the fact that Sphynx cats do not shed fur, allergens are developed in their saliva, skin oils, and dander. If you've read much about the Sphynx cat, you're probably aware of their excessive oil production on their skin. Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats must be bathed regularly to preserve optimum skin quality and reduce the amount of oil present on their skin. Some allergens can also accumulate on the skin despite daily bathing. Maintaining a clean atmosphere will help control the spread of allergens in your home. Bathe your cat on a regular basis, limit your cat's access to certain parts of the house, and wipe down surfaces frequently. After handling your cat, always wash your hands and avoid touching your face. There are only a few strategies for reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction to allergens.

So, what would you do if you think you may be allergic to cats but still want a cuddly companion in the form of a Sphynx cat? What is the severity of your allergies? Any health-related questions should always be discussed with your doctor. You can also get an allergy screening kit that you can use at home. Spending time with a Sphynx cat is one of the best ways to determine whether you are allergic to them. Let us know if you or a family member is worried that their allergies are too sensitive to own a Sphynx cat, and we'll set up a meet and greet. Several clients have come to meet with our Queens to get a feel for how to treat a Sphynx cat. Clients who were concerned they could be allergic had no signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction in the majority of cases and went on to buy their beloved partner.

If you're still not sure if a Sphynx Kittens is right for you, check out our Sphynx Care section for more details about how to care for a Sphynx cat Kittens. Please contact us if you have any questions. We're here to assist you! If you're interested in buying a kitten from one of our upcoming litters, please fill out our Kitten Purchase Application and we'll put you on the waiting list.

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Sources include:

K. Curley (2019, March). What You Should Know Before Getting a Sphynx Kittens Cat. Retrieved from

I. DeLucia-Bradley (n.d.). Is it true that hairless cats are hypoallergenic?

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