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Are Ocicats hypoallergenic?
One of the most frequently asked
questions we receive is whether Ocicats are
The term "hypoallergenic" in this case means that they
have lower levels of the protein "Fel D1," which is a
primary trigger for allergies in humans. As a result,
they may cause less severe allergic reactions compared
to some other cat breeds. However, there are seven other
known cat proteins that can also induce allergies in
people. Since it's challenging to determine which
specific proteins an individual may be allergic to, we
cannot guarantee that you won't be allergic to one of
our cats. Nevertheless, many individuals with allergies
have reported reduced allergic reactions to Ocicats
compared to other breeds.
To help you assess potential allergies, we can provide
you with a hair sample from our cats. Please keep in
mind that this sample cannot replace a visit to an
allergist for a definitive determination, but it has
been helpful for many people. If you'd like a dander
sample, you can PayPal us $10.00 at CosmicSpots@Comcast.net,
please include your name and address, and we will send
it right out to you.
Here are some additional tips from Cosmic
Spots for allergy sufferers:
1. Weekly Bathing: Bathing your cat
weekly can reduce indoor cat allergens by up to 45%,
although this can be quite a challenge.
2. Use Allergen-Reducing Products:
Consider using products like Allerpet or
other allergen-reducing solutions. Wiping down your cat's
fur weekly with Allerpet can help reduce the amount of
allergens on your cat's fur.
Click Here to order Allerpet Cat Dander Remover
Use Washable Throws or Blankets: Place
washable throws or blankets in the area where your cat
sleeps, washing them weekly to reduce allergens.
Vacuum with HEPA Filter Vacuum: Regularly
vacuum your home with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA
filter helps reduce environmental allergens.
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5. Wet Mop Hard Floors: Wet mopping hard
floors can help capture allergens.
6. Delegate Litter Box Duty: If possible, get
someone else to handle litter box cleaning as some of the
highest levels of allergens are found in the box.
7. Proper Litter Box Placement: Place the
litter box away from frequently occupied spaces.
8. Choose Allergy-Friendly Litter: Select a
cat litter that is easy on allergy sufferers, such as low
dust crystal litters or "Fresh News" (compacted paper
How to use paper litter: Using recycled paper
litter is a little different than using clumping litter. To
start out, put about 2 inches of litter in the box. After
day one, scoop solids and remove any corner that looks wet
(pellets will be swollen). Cats usually go in the same
corner, so it is easy to identify. On day 2, dump the entire
box and start over.
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9. Keep Cats Out of the Bedroom: Maintain a
cat-free zone in your bedroom. Because you spend a
significant amount of time there, it is important to keep it
10. Consult an Allergist: See an allergist
and consider allergy shots or under-the-tongue drops for
desensitization to cat allergens.
11. Invest in HEPA Filters: HEPA filters can
effectively remove fine particles, including cat dander,
from the air. Consider placing them in various rooms.
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12. Spaying and Neutering: Studies have
shown that spayed and neutered cats have lower levels of Fel D1, so ensure your cat is spayed or neutered.
13. Consider Coat Colors: Some studies
suggest that silver Ocicats (cats with the white
undercoat) may not be hypoallergenic, as they do not
have a decreased amount of Fel D1. Allergy sufferers
should consider instead selecting colors like Tawny,
Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Cinnamon, or Fawn.
Hope you found this helpful!
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