I’m usually allergic to animal fur, so my family chose a Bichon Frisé for a dog and I’ve never had a problem with allergies in the seven years we’ve had him. Now I’m looking for a cat and I’ve noticed that the Selkirk Rex has similar traits to the Bichon in that they both have multi-layered, curly hair. I was just wondering if anyone knew if a Selkirk would make a good addition to our family even if I’m allergic to most cats.
Answer by SaveMB42Late
Go to the breeder, handle the cats and see if you are allergic, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic pet, it’s simply a sales gimmick.
You have to understand that people who are allergic to animals are allergic to the proteins in their saliva and urine… so fur really has nothing to do with it.Generally, the shorter the hair, the less likely you are to be allergic simply because the saliva that dries (dander) is less on an animal with shorter hair.
The proteins from the hair, saliva or urine of household pets cause an allergic reaction that attacks the eyes and the airways, like hay fever, and can result in asthmatic symptoms. It may also cause atopic dermatitis or a nettle rash.
It is often difficult to avoid the allergens that can come from other people’s pets or be transported by people who have been in contact with animals. School classes can be overloaded with pet allergens.
Most often the allergies are to cats or dogs, but rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, pet birds, horses, cows or poultry can be involved.