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Have you ever thought about adopting a hairless cat? They are certainly not your typical tabby. You are slim, slim, noticeably naked, and a mystery to many.
It is widely believed that hairless cats are hypoallergenic. However, this is not the case, according to Jessica Jane MacMurchy, adoption coordinator at Animal Charity of Ohio. “People who crave a feline family member with allergies often think of finding specialist breeders for a hairless cat,” she says. “While there are many breeds of hairless cats, these are not usually considered ‘hypoallergenic.’ Typically, allergens in cats can come from saliva, standard scales from the skin, or even cat litter.” MacMurchy explains that Sphynx, Peterbald, Bambino, Donskoy, Elf and Dwelf are popular breeds. Interestingly, hairless cats often have light peach fluff or sparse hair on their noses, ears, tails, and feet.
MacMurchy emphasizes the importance of researching a potential breeder. “Review the recommendations and physically make sure they are using responsible breeding practices,” she says. “It’s also important to make sure your new cat comes from fully screened parents who have been vaccinated and tested for feline diseases.” After greeting your new hairless cat, you need to take extra care to own a pet with little to no fur. “Hairless cats must have an appropriate, healthy diet,” she adds, “and skin care products to protect their skin from sunburn, cold temperatures and allergens.”
So, looking for a hairless cat? Here are a few breeds to consider.