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The hypoallergenic cat you’ve been searching for! Learn why Bengal cats may suit individuals with allergies. Uncover their unique qualities and heartwarming stories from experienced breeders. Find happiness and love with a Bengal cat while managing your allergies. Are Bengal cats hypoallergenic?

Living with Cat Allergies? Discover wonderful hypoallergenic Bengal Cats, a possible solution for allergy prone individuals

Introduction

Hey there, fellow cat lovers! Are you tired of battling sneezing fits and itchy eyes every time you’re around feline friends? Well, I’ve got great news for you! As an experienced Bengal cat breeder and someone who has met many veterinarians and pet owners with allergies, I’ve witnessed the incredible bond formed between Bengal cats and individuals with cat allergies. It is important to note that not all individuals with allergies are immune to the presence of Bengal cats. So an allergy test is recommended. However, Bengal cats are one of the best hypoallergenic solutions if you have mild feline allergies. In this article, I’ll walk you through why Bengal cats are hypoallergenic and how they can bring joy to your life without triggering those pesky allergies.

Understanding Cat Allergies

Before we dive into the wonders of Bengal cats, let’s quickly touch on cat allergies and their symptoms. Itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing are all too familiar to allergy sufferers. Many believe that it’s the cat’s fur causing these reactions, but the real culprit is a protein called Fel d 1, which is found in feline saliva, skin, and urine. When cats groom themselves, Fel d 1 spreads throughout their fur, triggering allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

When people say “hypoallergenic,” they usually mean “allergen-free,” but it technically just means “reducing allergies.” Just a fun fact for you! So, if you’re allergic but love your furry friend, you can try allergy pills or shots for yourself and make sure to vacuum with a HEPA filter, give your cat regular baths, and keep it out of your bedroom. That might help! What will help further is if you deploy allergen reducing strategies on a cat that is “hypoallergenic” from the start! That may really make it possible to keep a cat as a pet despite allergies!

Why Bengal is a hypoallergenic cat

Now, here’s where Bengal cats are different. These majestic creatures are known for their hypoallergenic qualities, making them an ideal choice for individuals with cat allergies. So, what sets them apart?

Bengal cats produce significantly less Fel d 1 protein compared to other cat breeds. This reduction in allergen levels makes it easier for allergy-prone individuals to coexist with these low-allergen felines. Additionally, Bengal cats have a unique coat, referred to as “pelt,” that requires less maintenance, resulting in reduced shedding and dander production. It is important here that you ensure your Bengal is spayed or neutered by the six-month mark to ensure mating pheromones do not trigger more allergen production in your Bengal as no cat is a truly allergy free agent. However, if you follow our advice on spay and neuter time schedules, Bengal cats are a promising hypoallergenic solution for those seeking feline companionship.

Personal Experiences as a Bengal Cat Breeder

Bengal Girl Moanna 

Let me share a heartwarming anecdote with you. One of my silver Bengal kittens, Moanna (video above prior to homing above), found her forever home with a couple in Long Island, New York who had resigned themselves to a pet-free life due to severe allergies. However, they decided to give Bengal cats a chance after learning about their hypoallergenic qualities. Fast forward a few months, and they couldn’t be happier! Not only did Moanna bring immeasurable joy into their lives, but her presence also had minimal impact on their allergies. One of the family members where Moanna was homed, continues to take regular allergy pills, but they could not have a pet had it not been for the hypoallergenic Bengal breed. They take Moanna to Jones’ Beach once every month. It’s moments like these that remind me of the magical connection between Bengal cats and allergy-prone individuals.

Insights from Pet Owners I have met

As someone who has met allergy-prone pet owners, I’ve witnessed success stories of allergy-prone individuals finding solace in the company of Bengal cats. It’s not just about reducing allergens; it’s about the unique qualities that Bengal cats possess. Their playful nature, intelligence, and affectionate demeanor make them wonderful companions for people with or without allergies. I’ve even seen clients who initially hesitated due to their allergies experience an improvement in their symptoms after bringing a Bengal cat into their lives.

Tips for Introducing a Bengal Cat into a Home with Allergies

Designate Allergy-Free Zones

Establish areas in your home where the Bengal cat won’t have access, providing you with an allergen-free sanctuary.

Keep Your Living Space Clean

Regularly vacuum and dust to reduce the buildup of allergens. Using air purifiers with HEPA filters can also help maintain a cleaner environment.

Grooming

Brush your Bengal cat regularly to minimize loose fur and dander. This simple act can go a long way in reducing potential allergens.

Finding the Perfect Bengal Cat for Allergic Individuals

If you’re considering bringing a Bengal cat into your life, it’s crucial to find a reputable breeder who understands the specific needs of allergy-prone individuals. A responsible breeder will provide you with all the necessary information about the cat’s lineage, health records, and even conduct allergy testing if requested. Additionally, consider adoption options, as there may be Bengal cats in shelters or rescue organizations eagerly waiting for their forever homes. At Brooklyn Bengals, we do occasionally have one to two-year-old Bengals available for rehoming at a considerably discounted price compared to kittens.

Fel d 1 neutralizing cat food 

Scientists are now turning to some cool biotechnology stuff to tackle the issue. They’ve come up with some crazy strategies to target the allergen Fel d 1. We’re talking about a special cat food coated in an egg-yolk derivative that can neutralize the allergen. You can actually find that special cat food, called Purina’s Pro Plan LiveClear, on store shelves. Now, these strategies won’t completely eliminate Fel d 1, but they could reduce allergen levels enough to save you from itchy eyes and sneezing. 

Ebenezer Satyaraj came up with the idea of using cat food to combat Fel d 1. He realized that cats spend a ton of time grooming themselves, spreading that pesky allergen all over the place. But what if they could interrupt that process? Well, Satyaraj and his team had a brilliant idea: they used proteins from egg yolks that neutralize Fel d 1. They injected a hen with Fel d 1, which made her immune system produce antibodies that can bind and neutralize it. These antibodies ended up in egg yolks from such hens and can also work as a transfer of immunity between species. So, when cats eat this special cat food with the egg-yolk coating, it reduces the amount of allergen they shed by an average of 47%. The goal is to bring Fel d 1 levels down below a certain threshold to minimize allergy symptoms. It might not work for everyone, but it could help some people. Here is the link to Purina’s Pro Plan LiveClear. There was even a study that found using Purina’s cat food helped decrease congestion and itchy eyes in allergic humans. But here’s the catch: the effectiveness of the kibble depends on how much Fel d 1 the cat starts with and how sensitive the owner is to even tiny amounts of the allergen. Plus, the effects only last as long as you keep feeding them Purina’s food. So, it’s not a total cure, but it’s a step in the right direction!

Dry food alone is not recommended for Bengals. So we advise that you use Purina’s Pro Plan LiveClear 5 days a week and 2 days Balanced Raw Diet. That will help keep allergies in control while keeping your cat healthy and hydrated.

Raw Diet Reduces Allergens

If you do get a Bengal companion, there are steps you can take to reduce allergens and allergy inducing effects further by feeding your Bengal a raw or near raw diet along with essential supplements. We call this the ‘balanced raw diet.’ Please see our blog and Instagram posts (#bklynbengalsraw) on feeding your Bengal raw. Not only the allergens should reduce but the poop of your Bengal will be considerable less stinky. Combine the ‘balanced raw diet’ with anti-allergen shampoos, regular grooming of your pet, the hypoallergenic nature of the Bengal cat and an over the counter anti-allergen tablet for the more allergy-prone Bengal owner, and you should be well equipped to bringing your pet companion home despite allergies. See our blog. 
 

Conclusion

Living with allergies doesn’t mean you have to give up on the dream of having a feline companion. Bengal cats offer a hypoallergenic solution that can bring happiness and love into your life without triggering those pesky allergies. From personal experiences as a Bengal cat breeder and insights of interacting with people with allergies, I can confidently say that the unique qualities of Bengal cats make them a viable choice for individuals seeking a feline friend. So, why not explore the possibility of adopting a Bengal cat and consult with an allergist or veterinarian to see if this hypoallergenic solution is a fit for you? Embrace the joy of living with a Bengal cat while managing your allergies!

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