Are Turkish Angora Cats Okay for People With Allergies?

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Any cat breed can potentially have you headed for the tissue box.

    Any cat breed can potentially have you headed for the tissue box.

    If you're an admirer of cats but their mere presence reduces you to a sneezing, watery-eyed, itchy mess, then you know all too well the frustration of pet allergies. Unfortunately, any and all felines -- no exceptions -- can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

    Cat Allergies

    According to the Mayo Clinic, if an animal possesses any hair at all, she might be able to bring out allergic symptoms in some people. Cat allergies aren't caused by the actual fur, but rather by the dead skin flakes that accumulate within it. Cat dander consists of a protein, Fel d 1, that's an allergen. This protein also is in cat urine and saliva.
    Even if a cat is mostly hairless, such as the Sphynx breed, she might emit these pesky allergens through her coat or mouth. The reality of 100 percent allergy-safe cats just doesn't exist, and because of that it is impossible to predict whether or not a Turkish Angora -- or any other breed for that matter -- would be harmless around a sufferer.

    About the Turkish Angora

    The Turkish Angora is a longhair cat breed that originated in the mountains of Turkey, according to The Cat Fanciers' Association. This uncommon breed is often celebrated for its dainty physique, low-maintenance coat and amiable, gentle temperament. Humans can become allergic to any and all varieties variety of furry animals, regardless of breed or other factors, according to the ASPCA.

    Management

    If you're interested in bringing a Turkish Angora cat into your life and you don't want to let the possibility of allergies interfere with your decision, you can move to manage the problem. First, consider using an air purifier. Frequent grooming of a cat can also help get rid of loose allergens. And regular and thorough house cleaning might do wonders in keeping you out of discomfort.
    Also, give yourself an allergy "sanctuary" somewhere within your home. If you prevent an allergy-inducing cat from going into the specified room, you'll have a haven during an uncomfortable allergic reaction.

    Symptoms

    If you spend some time around a Turkish Angora kitty, you'll probably know very quickly whether your allergies would a problem. Some key signs of allergic reaction include nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, itching and redness of the eyes, and facial pain. These symptoms apply to any cat, not just the Turkish Angora.
    A doctor can tell you for sure what's causing your discomfort. If your allergies are severe, speak to the doctor about antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, over-the-counter or prescription solutions, or other allergy medications. Also consider getting immunotherapy shots.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

    Photo Credits

    • Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images