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#1 Red Cabbage

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

What are some family friendly breeds of hairless, short haired or low allergy cats please?

Edited by Red Cabbage, 21 November 2012 - 05:52 PM.

#2 la di dah

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

I like Devon Rexes and Sphynxes but I think you'd still have to trial the specific cat with the specific allergy sufferer.

#3 mewsings

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:04 PM

Devon or Cornish Rex fit that bill.  There is also Sphynx,  but personally a cat you have to oil that feels like a warm Chamois is NMS.

What's the allergy OP ?  Dander, or cat saliva ?  If the former, you can also look at Ragdoll and Birman -  they have hair,  but less dander.

#4 bakesgirls

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

Last time I saw a couple of Sphynx I stroked them. Made me gag, the texture of their skin was gross.. They may be nice for some, but not for me. I'd personally go for a Cornish Rex.

#5 Red Cabbage

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

Oh no allergies, DH says the only way we could get a cat is if its short haired or hairless etc, he does suffer hayfever but no allergies as far as we know.

#6 MiSS_E

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

Short haired Burmese cats are supposed to be very good for the allergy sufferer. I have had 2 and no problems with my allergies, where a previous cat (medium haired non specific breed) saw my eyes swell up so badly I had to have steroid injections in emergency.

Edited by MiSS_E, 15 November 2012 - 09:21 PM.

#7 *Ker*

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

OMG, I patted a Sphynx once...it freaked the HELL out of me. They feel like a penis.

#8 bakesgirls

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

QUOTE (*Ker* @ 15/11/2012, 09:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OMG, I patted a Sphynx once...it freaked the HELL out of me. They feel like a penis.


#9 Luxe

Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:52 PM

I'm going to say Burmese. They are awesome and everyone I know who has one LOVES them. Also anyone who likes cats who's met my cats threatens to smuggle them out.


#10 **Anna**

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

QUOTE (mewsings @ 15/11/2012, 10:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Devon or Cornish Rex fit that bill.  There is also Sphynx,  but personally a cat you have to oil that feels like a warm Chamois is NMS.

What's the allergy OP ?  Dander, or cat saliva ?  If the former, you can also look at Ragdoll and Birman -  they have hair,  but less dander.

We have two Devons and they are delightful. Our mummy Devon ( she was a breeders cat before we got her) is so patient with our baby boy. Our kitten (who is 10) pretends he doesn't exist. They both love cuddles and come into bed with us. The only thing is they must be indoor cats due to their lack of fur and if you like aloof animals then they are not the cat for you, they love being with the family.

#11 **Anna**

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:36 PM

QUOTE (mewsings @ 15/11/2012, 10:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Devon or Cornish Rex fit that bill.  There is also Sphynx,  but personally a cat you have to oil that feels like a warm Chamois is NMS.

What's the allergy OP ?  Dander, or cat saliva ?  If the former, you can also look at Ragdoll and Birman -  they have hair,  but less dander.

We have two Devons and they are delightful. Our mummy Devon ( she was a breeders cat before we got her) is so patient with our baby boy. Our kitten (who is 10) pretends he doesn't exist. They both love cuddles and come into bed with us. The only thing is they must be indoor cats due to their lack of fur and if you like aloof animals then they are not the cat for you, they love being with the family.

#12 Apageintime

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

QUOTE (jameses mum @ 16/11/2012, 09:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why not just get a basic domestic short hair moggie from the pound?

This. If its not for allergies. Also, my short haired cat sheds WAY more than my long haired one.

#13 la di dah

Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

I have two short-haired moggies and one is an Oriental cross with a single coat that lays very flat and she doesn't shed much. The other is another kind of moggie (science) and has a really plush coat and he sheds for the Olympics.

I really really like the smooth single coat but she was just a pound baby too.

EDIT: Rescue/shelters are awesome, but I have totes seen Rexes at some of them before. If you know you want a low-shed cat that doesn't exclude rescue at all. original.gif

Edited by la di dah, 16 November 2012 - 09:17 AM.

#14 Red Cabbage

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

So we spoke about it, and DH took us to the Cat Haven today to pick out a rescue kitten. DD found one she adored and Serafina Rose joins us next week at home after being desexed.

#15 *Ker*

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

Pics when she lands home!!!

#16 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:01 AM

Yay!!! I second the requirement for pics.

What kind of kitty is she?

Details, we need details!!!! biggrin.gif

#17 Red Cabbage

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

Ok, so despite DH insisting if he touches cats he sneezes, we got a medium hair tabby/white domestic cat. Eh, I have no clue on cats, our daughter chose her from pure cuteness, and she is TINY. She fits in one of my hands at 9 weeks.

We pick her up Thursday.

#18 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:59 PM

I would suggest that you teach your kitty from a very early age the 'benefits' of being wiped over with a damp sponge. Graduate to washing, if you can convince her that this is an okay thing to do.

I had a friend who was allergic to cats - if she got too close, her eyes watered, she sneezed a bunch, and it was generally unpleasant for her. Then she met my 'water baby', who liked to shower with me, and go out to play in the puddles when it rained (yes, seriously - he made bubbles so he could pounce on them). He was possibly the cleanest cat in the nation, and she could rub her face in his glorious soft ginger fur, without so much as a tickle in the nose, no eye action at all.

Good luck - and I look forward to the pics! biggrin.gif

#19 Red Cabbage

Posted 18 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

Thanks Spikey, I did wonder how I would introduce the cat to being washed. It will be an inside cat, as we live rural, but I'd like to be able to keep her clean too.

So, next question, the Cat Haven feed her on the Hills diet, and suggest I buy some when I bring her home, however, this is very expensive, and we live a long way from anywhere that would sell it, so what are the other feeding options?

I like the idea of the hills diet because its just biscuits and no wet food.

#20 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

Hills lasts a lot longer than the stuff sold in supermarket. I order our Hills through our vet - are you closer to your vet? You could also ask your local feedbarn (also rural, we have a shop that sells all things animal related, from horses, cow, sheep, alpacas down to dogs and cats) if they would order it for you?

I think its also possible to order online, but that might be expensive when it comes to delivery.

#21 la di dah

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

I just bath my cats right in the tub. I'm heartless (afaik they are concerned, for the duration of the bath) and mine aren't biters or particularly scratchy, the girl especially just puts on huge sad eyes and waits for death by pet shampoo. I do clip their nails though.

We used to buy Advance kitten kibble and then Advance cat kibble, which was really good for our first cat, but our second cat who has practically no immune system at all and a history of antibiotic usage kept getting really horrifying digestive issues, so now they get cheap Aldi biscuits and doesn't get sick all the time. We don't know WHY cheaper food worked (bound him up, maybe, or he was allergic to something in Advance) but honestly he had so many issues and medications we didn't want to look "needs cheaper..." anything in the mouth.

#22 VioletRose

Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

My cat is happy to have a shower with me I just hold her to my chest and she tilts her head out of the water stream.
Most cats make me sneeze but I can sleep with her all up in my face all night or bury my head in her belly with no problems at all. I think feeding her a raw diet makes a difference as well as her fur isn't as nose friendly after being boarded.

#23 mewsings

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:05 PM

OP are you in Perth ?  Try Better Pets and Gardens - they are reasonably priced.  

I feed mine Hills, and get my kitten packs through them which include a $15 cash back voucher for your first purchase -  you might get one when you pick her up.  If not,  PM me and I'll send you one.

It's a great food,  and I agree with Spikey that it's much better then supermarket stuff.  To me if it comes in a purple packet it's the equivalent of cat McDonalds  biggrin.gif

You can also get pet-specific wipes now too, lots of show people use them.  If you are going to use general baby wipes,  just make sure you get unscented ones -  the cat will groom so you don't want them ingesting anything that might upset their tummies.

Congratulations on your new family member !

#24 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

We've found our cats have less stinky poos on Advance, which is also in the vet-quality range of food.

DH has been allergic to cats in the past, but he's now fine with 3 cats in the house.

#25 Red Cabbage

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

Mewsings, yes, I'm in Beverley. Will pass a Better Pets and Gardens on the way down to Shenton Park so will check that out. Thankyou original.gif

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