Life Update – In Search of the Hypoallergenic Cat

Published May 9, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I miss my Boris.

So not a food post. Just checking in.

Some of you may know that I adopted out Boris & Tashi. It was a very difficult decision to make, and it had been a long time in the works. We had kept them out of the bedroom for the last year to help with Thomas’ allergies & asthma symptoms, and it made it very difficult on all of us, but especially for Boris. He’d been with me the longest, and couldn’t understand why he was being shut out. Consequently, we weren’t spending enough time with them anymore, and then we moved to an apartment half the size and it was no longer working. Even my slight allergies to them worsened in the smaller place. In the end I decided to adopt them both out, so they could stay together. They went to a wonderful lady in Naples, Fl who’s mainecoon cat had passed last year, & who loves them like crazy, has lots of time to spend with them, and spoils them rotten.

Recently, we attempted to adopt a greyhound, but it didn’t work out at all. She was a wonderful dog, very sweet and smart, so not her fault in any way. Along with me getting hives, the experience really solidified the fact that I have always been, and will always be a cat person. Her presence only made the separation I felt from Boris even worse, and really a dog was a huge conflict with our lifestyle. So we wish her all the best in her forever home when she finds it! She certainly deserves one!

In order to not have to go through another emotional situation with a pet, I’m attempting to find a more hypoallergenic cat for the future. Even though I would prefer a rescue ethically, I’m trying to find the right breed to make this possible. As a kid we had Balinese cats, because they were the only ones my extremely allergic & asthmatic mother was able to tolerate. Over the years she became a little more tolerant to other cats as well. Balinese cats still come up as one of the top hypoallergenic breeds, but they still shed a lot of hair = so more airborne allergen, especially in a small apartment. So I’ve been researching Devon Rex cats. My friend has 2, and we’re going to pay him a visit to see how Thomas can tolerate being in a Rex home. It would also be great to have my mom be able to come into my house for more than 5 minutes, as well as other allergic people in my life, so that would be a big plus.

bluepoint Devon Rex. same color as some of my ragdolls & balinese cats from the past.

Cross your fingers for us!

I’ll try to get cooking some more again, and slack a little less now that some of this drama has subsided!


13 comments on “Life Update – In Search of the Hypoallergenic Cat

  • As you know, Linus is one of the Devon Rex from the litter that Jacob has. He is wonderful, but I would not consider him or a sphynx cat to be hypoallergenic. I have always been allergic to cats, but luckily, I have built up a tolerance to our cats. It all depends on their dander, actually, I think I’m least affected by the dander with Roxanne, who is a shorthair domestic cat from the humane society. Good luck! And you can always come hang out with our kitties anytime.

  • Please don’t buy from a breeder 😦 75% of all the animals killed in shelters are cats. At least in Utah and I’m sure it’s similar across the country. I’m sure there are some Devon’s on or a breed specific rescue somewhere. I hope he’s not allergic! Also, I’m GF because it made my cat allergies go away. I know it sounds crazy but my accupuncturist suggested it and it worked!

    • not really anything nearby on petfinder. i looked. they’re rare i guess. kristiina, find me a rescue rex or sphynx! if i can’t get thomas to give up chickens, i don’t think he’s going to give up gluten. just sayin.

      • I rescued my whole litter of Rexii, but it was an extremely rare case, they’d been abandoned at the vets office because the breeder didn’t want to pay the high bill from birth complications. Otherwise I’ve never seen a Rex up for adoption, they’re pretty rare. One of the brothers from my litter was literally kidnapped from out front of the owners house. I don’t like supporting breeders, but there are cases such as severe allergies where it makes sense.

        • But see this is a perfect example of why supporting a breeder is never okay. If things don’t work out so they aren’t making money, they dump animals.

          Also, often they breed the mama’s over and over and dump them when they can’t be bred anymore. They are never going to show this side to you but it’s awful and exploitative just like any other animal industry.

          • I think it’s pretty common knowledge how awful breeders are. In your perfect scenario should I have just let an abandoned litter die alone? I was dating someone with severe allergies and we got very lucky. I didn’t support a breeder, but if I didn’t find my Rex litter I’d have bought a pair and not felt guilty at all because of our circumstances. It’s always easy to take a hard line approach, but it doesn’t always make the most sense to do so. I learned that while working for PETA.

            • I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make it sound like you did anything wrong. You did the right thing. What I’m saying is that one shouldn’t buy from a breeder because they do unethical things like abandon litters, older mamas or puppies, kittens that didn’t sell right off the bat.

      • I’m going to keep an eye out! Give me a bit though. I’m sure there is a rescue group dedicated to them somewhere. I see lots of interesting breeds in shelters that you really wouldn’t expect. I would also keep an eye on craigslist or your local paper’s website because if there is a breeder near by there will be rescues available. Only 1/10 animals bought from a breeder stays in it’s original home. That means 9 of them end up getting re-homed. But it’s like your friend said, since they are rare often times they just go from home to home and skip the shelter.

        Also, usually people aren’t allergic to the fur, it’s a compound or something in their saliva but since they clean themselves so well it ends up in their fur and dander. There is a more common breed of cat that produces less of the compound or whatever it is. I’ll find out what it is. My friend just adopted one and has been doing great with it.

        Anyways, I look into it more and let you know what I find.

        • There are a few Rex rescue groups that I’ve interacted with over the years, the waiting list is between 1 and 3 years and the housing process is expensive and very complicated, but they are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They mostly place elderly cats.

      • Also, If you find one that you want to adopt but that is too far away, let me know! There are transport programs all of the country and I can get you in touch with the right people.

        But make sure he really isn’t allergic to them.

        If the breeder you are thinking of really is reputable they should microchip back all of the cats back to them and have a return policy so that they do their own rescue. In which case they may have a returned older cat that you could help.

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