Hypoallergenic shelter cats?

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  1. Meeprawr

    Meeprawr Member

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    Hi, I'm thinking of adopting a shelter cat, but I am mildy allergic. I am aware of the major hypoallergenic cat breeds, but the chances of a ragdoll or anything like a sphinx in shelters, I'd imagine, would be incredibly low.

    I've lived with cats before, I've lived with someone with a domestic short hair, which was manageable with my allergies, but I was hoping to ask around to see if anyone else has had experience or recommendations for a cat breed that is either short hair/low shedding or lesser known to be hypoallergenic, but also common enough to be adoptable in shelters.

    Before anyone says 'just go to a shelter', I just needed a starting point help me start looking when browsing online ads, I'm tentative at this stage and would rather not need to visit each cat to see if I start flaring up or not.

    Does anyone have any recommendations?
     
  2. power

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    express your interests with a few adoption groups and i'm sure they would keep you in mind.

    are Ragdoll's low allergy? I thought they'd be the opposite. I know a group that has two bonded older Ragdoll's.
     
  3. Quadbox

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    You'd be surprised how common ragdolls are in shelters, they're being bred at a stupid rate atm and go up for adoption at the same rate as anything else. We've got two adopted cats and *BOTH* of them have ended up being hypoallergenic. One's a norwegian forest cat cross, and the other is a turkish van. Both long hairs.

    Check out petrescue.com.au, they're an aggregator/search engine for pets from ALL the rescue groups, not just the RSPCA but all the private no-kill rescue groups too.
     
  4. Scarpetta

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    It's not the hair, it's the saliva of the cat that then gets put on the hairs.

    You should be able to spend time with a cat to see if you get a reaction before adopting.

    Shelter cats aren't really classified with real breeds. They're all a guess, as the testing costs way too much, so it's difficult to say if they match the breed you know is allergen free/low
     
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