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.
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.
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.
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.
- PETA: Living With Allergies to Animals
- Mayo Clinic: Pet Allergy
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Pet Allergies
- The Cat Fanciers' Association Inc: Turkish Angora Breed Profile
- The Cat Fanciers' Association Inc: Breed Profile -- Turkish Angora
- The Humane Society of the United States: Allergies to Pets
- ASPCA: Are You Allergic to Your Pet?
- American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: Pet Allergies Information
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