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Old 12-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #1 
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What cats don't cause allergies?

My dad finally agreed to let me have a cat!!!! I've been begging him for years and he gave in. The only problem is that he's allergic to cats. What cat could we get that doesn't really cause allergies and is under $150?
If any of you have cat allergies and still keep cats, please tell me what kind they are. I was thinking about an oriental shorthair or maybe a domestic shorthair if they don't cause allergies.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:00 PM   #2 
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It Depends on what part of the cat your allergic too.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #3 
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Do you have any friends or relatives with cats? What happens to Dad when he visits them? If his allergy isn't that bad you just need to keep the cat out of Dad's bedroom, vacuum A LOT and bathe the cat weekly or use "cat wipes".

Adopt from a shelter.
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I don't think my dad has very serious allergies. He hasn't been around cats in a while, but he had a long haired one as kid which he used to pet all the time and he said that one bothered him. I think that if he just avoids it and we brush it a lot, he will be ok. Still, I want to get a cat that is good for people with allergies to be safe.
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My Siamese and Oriental shorthair cats shed little hairs everywhere a lot of the time. I can't imagine them being very allergy friendly.

Devon and Cornish Rex have less fur to shed but still do cause allergies. The only thing is that they would also probably cost more than $150.

I always worry that people with allergies become resentful towards pets living in their house because no one wants to be suffering from allergies constantly. There's no use getting a cat if it is just going to be a hassle or shoved outside 23 hours of the day.
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if dad hasn't been around cats since he was a kid he could have outgrown his allergy.

I know someone who is allergic only to orange cats. I have known people who are allergic to all cats except siamese.
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Is the alergy to the fur or skin?
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http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/cat-allergies

It's not fur or skin that people are allergic to, it's proteins that get deposited onto the fur and skin.
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My mom is allergic too cat dander.
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I did some research online and it says that oriental shorthairs are hypoallergenic cats. Does anyone on here own one and know if this is true?
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