Are Siamese Cats hypoallergenic?

Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic? (Everything You Need to Know)

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Taking home a cat is exciting. Visiting a friend is exciting too (especially after the last few years). But if you’re someone with allergies who is considering getting a Siamese Cat or you’re visiting someone who has one, it’s nice to understand how that’s likely to impact your allergies.

First off: no, Siamese Cats are not hypoallergenic, because no cat is. But if you’re looking for information on that subject, you likely want to understand how hypoallergenic Siamese Cats are, and what to do if you want to prevent an allergic reaction.

For that reason, we asked our veterinary advisor Dr. Jamie Whittenburg to offer advice on pet care and how to think about allergic reactions to your dog. We’ll go into detail in this post on:

  • Whether Siamese Cats are a good choice for someone with allergies
  • How to care for a Siamese Cat and help lower your odds at having an allergic reaction
  • What to do if you do have an allergic reaction to a Siamese Cat

And more.

Let’s get started!

Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?

The answer is technically no, though they are less allergenic than other cat breeds, and therefore less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than other cat breeds, no cat is 100% hypoallergenic. Siamese cats do shed and need to be brushed once a week.

For people who are allergic to cat dander, finding a cat for their life can be a monumental task. It often leads one to wonder if the breed they love is hypoallergenic.

The truth is, even a hairless cat can trigger an allergic reaction in someone who is allergic enough to pet dander. It isn’t the fur that causes the itchy eyes and sneezing, it is the dry flakes of skin that end up on the carpet and the furniture. Because of this, no cat can truly be called hypoallergenic, but some are far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than others.

Do Siamese Cats Shed? 

Siamese cats do shed, but they don’t shed as much as other cats. Shedding is more likely to trigger an allergic reaction, and it’s because of all the dander that comes off with the shed hair. The less likely a cat is to shed, the less likely the dander is to cause an allergic reaction in a human. Siamese cats are short-haired and not prone to shedding.

Are Siamese Cats Allergy Friendly?

Siamese cats are not hypoallergenic. They can still cause an allergic reaction. But they are also less likely to shed than other cat breeds making them less allergenic than other cats are.

The reason is that Siamese cats produce less of the protein that triggers an allergic reaction. This protein is referred to as the Fel d 1 protein and is found in all cats. However, researchers have found that some cats, including Siamese cats, have less than others. 

Are Lynx Point or Flame Point Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?

While both Lynx Point and Flame Point Siamese cats shed less and produce less of the Fel d 1 protein, they are not 100% hypoallergenic. It is appropriate, however, to consider these cats allergy friendly.

Can You Be Allergic to Siamese Cats?

You can be allergic to Siamese cats. It’s important to pay attention to the needs of the person in your home that is allergic to cats. If the allergies are mild, there is a chance they can be managed, but if they’re severe it’s important to take that seriously. For someone with severe allergies, any bit of dander can cause symptoms to flare up.

Grooming and washing your cat often can help remove the dander from beneath the coat, making it less likely to settle on the furniture and carpet. The grooming should be done by someone that isn’t the person allergic to the cat, as the act of brushing itself can release the allergens.

Grooming Tips for Siamese Cats

Keeping your Siamese Cat groomed is the best way to ensure that you’re preventing an allergic reaction (as much as is possible, anyway). Here are some grooming tips to keep in mind:

  • When it comes to grooming, the Siamese cat is relatively low-maintenance.
  • Keep your cat’s coat clean and well-groomed by brushing it regularly. You should brush your Siamese cat’s coat regularly to remove dirt, debris, and knots. How often you need to brush will depend on the length and type of fur. For example, long-haired cats may need to be brushed daily, while short-haired cats can usually get by with weekly brushing. Consult your veterinarian if you are unsure how often to brush your cat’s fur.
  • Use a gentle, shampoo made specifically for cats when bathing your Siamese. Some cats may need a bath once a month, while others may only require one every few months. If your cat becomes dirty or starts to smell, then it is probably time for a bath. Consult your veterinarian if you are unsure how often to bathe your Siamese cat. Be careful not to get water in your cat’s ears during bath time.
  • Trim your cat’s nails regularly to prevent overgrowth. You should trim your cat’s nails every two to three weeks. If you are unsure how to trim your cat’s nails, consult your veterinarian.

This is a good video overview of how to groom a Siamese Cat:

Siamese Cat Fur, Coat & Hair

Towards the same end, understanding a bit more about a Siamese cat’s fur, hair, and coat can give you some useful information about “how hypoallergenic” they are. Here are some quick facts to keep in mind when it comes to the fur, coat, and hair for for these furry friends:

  • Most Siamese cats have short hair that is easy to groom (though some breeds do have longer hair). They do not require frequent bathing, but can benefit from a occasional brushing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.
  • Their coats come in a variety of colors, but all have the characteristic points on their faces, ears, legs, and tails.
  • The typical Siamese cat has a short to medium-length coat that is fine and silky to the touch.
  • Siamese cats come in a variety of colors including seal point (a dark brown), blue point (a grayish-blue), chocolate point (a milk chocolate brown), and lilac point (a lavender-gray).

Siamese Cats Fast Facts

If you’re curious about whether Siamese Cats are hypoallergenic, there’s a good chance you may be thinkin about bringing one home. If that’s case, knowing a bit more about them may help you determine if they’d be a good fit for your family. Here are some fast facts about Siamese Cats:

  • The average lifespan of a Siamese cat is 15 years.
  • Siamese cats typically weigh between 5 and 12 pounds.
  • The most common health problems for Siamese cats are respiratory issues and obesity.
  • Siamese cats are intelligent, active, and playful animals that make great companions.
  • Siamese cats are known for being talkative and vocalizing their opinions frequently.
  • All Siamese cats have blue eyes, regardless of their fur color.
  • They are also one of the most active breeds of cats, often engaging in playful antics.
  • While Siamese cats are not truly hypoallergenic, they do produce less of the protein that causes allergies in some people.
  • Siamese cats come in a variety of colors, including seal point, blue point, and lilac point.
  • The Siamese cat is believed to have originated in Thailand (formerly Siam).
  • They are also known as the “Royal Cat of Siam.”
  • In 1884, the first Siamese cat was brought to England from Siam.
  • Siamese cats were introduced to the United States in 1956.

Treatments for Allergies

If you do find yourself having an allergic reaction, obviously your first call should be to a medical professional. If you’re experiencing mild symptoms, however, here are some treatment options:

  • Antihistamines: These can be taken orally or topically to reduce itching, redness, and swelling.
  • Corticosteroids: These can be taken orally or inhaled to reduce inflammation.
  • Immunotherapy: This involves receiving shots of small doses of the allergen over time in order to build up immunity.
  • Avoidance: This means avoiding contact with the allergen altogether.

Sources:

Dr. Stephen Dreskin MD, PHD from UC Health has a great overview of dealing with pet allergies as well if you’re having issues there:

Tips from Our Vets

The idea of a hypoallergenic dog or cat is a myth.

There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog (or cat). Hypoallergenic implies that the dog will not cause a human to have an allergic reaction. Many mistakenly believe that humans’ allergies to cats and dogs are caused by hair shedding.

Though hairs that fall off of the dogs and cats may increase the risk of allergies, humans are allergic to proteins that dogs and cats shed in their saliva, urine, and dander.

Allergic reactions in humans to dogs and cats vary widely from human to human, and some dogs will trigger allergies in a human while others will not.

In my experience as a veterinarian, dogs and cats that children grow up with when they are young, and dogs that are brought into the household as puppies tend to cause the fewest allergy issues. It is likely that constant exposure to your personal dog desensitizes your immune system to that dog’s specific proteins.

If you have a dog or cat allergy and a dog or cat, there are some things you can do to help decrease your allergic reaction.

Keep in mind that it is the proteins the dog produces that cause the allergy. However specific actions like controlling loose hair, or obtaining a non-shedding breed, can decrease the protein-containing dander that causes your allergies in your home.

Dog Breeds with Hair & Not Fur

A number of breeds have hair, as opposed to fur, and therefore do not shed. These include:

  • Poodles
  • Shih Tzus
  • Schnauzers
  • Scottish, Yorkshire, and Bedlington terriers
  • Maltese

Cat Breeds with Hair & Not Fur

Similarly there are a number of cat breeds with hair and no fur:

  • Sphynx
  • Devon Rex
  • Cornish Rex
  • Peterbald
  • Siamese
  • Manx
  • Birman
  • Burmese
  • Himalayan
  • Persian
  • Russian Blue

Strategies to Reduce Pet Allergies

  1. Non-Shedding Breed – As mentioned above, some humans with allergies find that they tolerate non-shedding breeds better than those with fur, as this reduces the amount of dander in the air.
  2. Brushing, Bathing, and Grooming – Regardless of hair coat, frequent brushing, bathing, and grooming will decrease the dander present in your environment. For home brushing, the procedure should be done outside to avoid aerosolizing the dander into your home. Baths should be administered no more often than every other week to decrease the likelihood of drying out the dog or cat’s skin. Professional grooming frequency will depend on the cat or dog’s coat, but to reduce allergies will likely need to be done at least monthly.
  3. Clean Home – If you or a family member suffers from dog or cat allergies, it is essential to clean your home often. Frequent vacuuming, dusting, as well as cleaning fabric furniture, will keep the cat or dog dander in your home under control.
    1. Vacuuming – You should vacuum with a high-quality vacuum that has a HEPA filter installed.
    2. Moist Cleaning – Sweeping with a dry broom is not recommended. This method tends to stir up the dust and dander into the air. Swiffers and wet mopping are preferred for floors. Moist cloths are preferred to feather dusters for dusting.
    3. Air filters – Replace the filters in your furnace and air conditioning units. Always buy high-quality, preferably HEPA rated, filters. It may also be helpful to purchase individual room air purifiers/filters.
  4. Flooring – Carpeting will hold on to dander and other allergens. If you or a family member suffers from dog allergies, it may help to replace carpeting with hardwood, linoleum, or tile flooring. These types of flooring are easier to clean and will reduce the allergen load in your home.
  5. Accessories – Your dog or cat will deposit allergenic proteins where they sleep and also on toys and other objects that they get saliva on. Ensure you regularly wash all beds, pillows, and toys frequently.

Final Thoughts: Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?

No animal is truly hypoallergenic, but for those with mild allergies, a Siamese cat can be less likely to trigger a reaction.

  • No animal is hypoallergenic.
  • A cat that sheds more is more likely to release the dander that triggers allergic reactions.
  • A Siamese cat is less likely to shed and therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
  • Regular grooming can help mitigate the odds of your cat causing an allergic reaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sources & Additional Resources

  • “Hypoallergenic Cats – The Definitive Guide” by Janey Skinner. Published September 17th, 2017. https://www.hypoallergeniccatshq.com/hypoallergenic-cats/
  • “11 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds (That Don’t Shed)” by Lauren Arcuri. Published October 3rd, 2018. https://www.thesprucepets.com/best-hypoallergenic-cat-breeds-4134191
  • “7 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds (According To Experts)” by Lindsay Stuart. Published September 12th, 2019. https://www.prevention.com/pets/g20826075/hypoallergenic-cat-breeds/
  • “The 13 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed” by Caroline Picard. Published May 16th, 2019. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/g27553808/hypoallergenic-cats/
  • “Do Siamese Cats Cause Less Allergic Reactions?” by Jennifer Coates, DVM. Published March 7th, 2018. https://pets.webmd.com/cats/do-siamese-cats-cause-less-allergic-reactions
  • “Siamese Cats: What Are They?” by Naughty Cat Toys. Published January 18th, 2019. https://naughtycattoys.com/blogs/news/siamese-cats-what-are-they
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  • “Do Allergies to Cats Mean You Can’t Own One?” by The Spruce Pets. https://www.thesprucepets.com/do-people-really-allergies-to-cats-553840
  • “The Best Cat Breeds for People with Allergies.” by American Kennel Club. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/best-cat-breeds-for-people-with-allergies/
  • “Can You Be Allergic to Some Cats and Not Others?” by WebMD Pets. https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/can-you-be-allergic-to-some-cats-and-not-others
  • “Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds.” by The Catington Post. https://catingtonpost.com/hypoallergenic-cat-breeds/
  • “Hypoallergenic Cats – The Definitive Guide” by Janey Skinner. Published September 17th, 2017. https://www.hypoallergeniccatshq.com/hypoallergenic-cats/,
  • “11 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds (That Don’t Shed)” by Lauren Arcuri. Published October 3rd, 2018. https://www.thesprucepets.com/best-hypoallergenic-cat-breeds-4134191,
  • “7 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds (According To Experts)” by Lindsay Stuart. Published September 12th, 2019. https://www.prevention.com/pets/g20826075/hypoallergenic-cat-breeds/,
  • “The 13 Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds That Don’t Shed” by Caroline Picard. Published May 16th, 2019. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/g27553808/hypoallergenic-cats/
  • “Do Siamese Cats Cause Less Allergic Reactions?” by Jennifer Coates, DVM. Published March 7th,

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