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 The Cat Allergy

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I have been breeding my beloved Norwegian cats for about 13 years,   since 2006 e  a lot of people have come to me because_cc781905-5cde-3194_bad5-bb3b

"cat allergic"

  When I receive a phone call, from allergic people, or companions of people allergic to cat, the thing that strikes me the most and that involves me, is almost a sort  responsibility from which I feel immediately invested, as if by me  and my feline family depended on the happiness of others .... the realization of a dream: to be able to live with a feline companion despite the allergy!

This prompted me to research allergy, and create this information page.


The "allergy tests" in my amateur cattery are carried out free of charge e consist in staying in contact with my cats for at least an hour of time, in a closed environment.

In 90% of cases, families leave my house happy not to have had any allergic reaction, and it is undeniable that my heart is full of joy  for having taken an active part in the realization of their desire .



About 10% of the population suffers from cat allergy ...

In reality, the term "cat allergy" is improper, as is that of "cat hair allergy": in fact, the allergen is triggered by the allergen, a small glycoprotein called Fel d1, produced by the glands_cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_salivari (saliva), lacrimal (tears), sebaceous (skin) and perianal. The perianal glands secrete the allergen on the stool. The highest concentration of Fel d1 is found in the perianal glands.

The feline allergen (Fel d1) is found only in cats and accounts for up to 60% of cat allergies. Typical reactions to allergens vary, but include symptoms ranging from mild runny nose and itchy eyes, to severe reactions such as swollen eyes, hives, or difficulty breathing. Individuals allergic to cats and not to other animals are usually allergic to Fel d1 only. The allergen is very stable and can stay indoors for six months after the cat is removed.

During the daily cleaning that the cat performs licking itself,  la Fel-d1 from the saliva is

deposited on the hair that  tends to be distributed through the fur, with the highest levels

which are located close to the skin.

and is released into the environment; due to its small size and the particular stability it is

possible transport and passive diffusion, through clothing and hair also in

environments not directly frequented by the animal

Litter boxes often contain the highest amount of Fel d1, as the highest concentrations do

found in the anal glands.


Some data:

A statistically significant data collection was conducted  in 2006 on the saliva of _cc781d_biberiano-136-specimens of siberian-136_biberiano-136-5c58d_biberiano-3194-136bad5cf58d_biberiano 3194-136bad5s   and Abyssinian, from the INDOOR Biotechnologies Laboratory . _cc781905-5cde-3194-bbiber3b-136bad5cf58d_ lower than those of a normal cat ed a good 15% of them were found to have levels so low that they are also suitable for those suffering from very serious allergies (asthmatic attacks). This 15% included both male and female cats. Data collection,   confirmed that allergen production is  linked to cat-produced hormones, for which_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136_bad5cf58d males are not sterilized those with the highest allergen values, the sterilized females those with the lowest dosage.

Secondary Allergens

There are no simple answers to questions about cat allergy . 

To date, thirteen allergens have been isolated which  may cause allergic reactions, each  of these allergens can cause a reaction in one person, but not another, and most some people are allergic to more than one cat allergen.

People with severe allergies to horses, dogs, rabbits, (or food allergies to pork, beef or egg white) do not react with a cat that produces little Fel d1.

Most  secondary allergies are caused by Fel d2 (feline albumin) or Fel d4 (feline lipocalin) ._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

Serum albumin is responsible for the greatest number of cross reactions between cats and other animals.

About 25% of people allergic to horses also react to Fel d4. These individuals are considered cross-reactive horse / cat. 


Asthma and other airway reactions in animals are usually caused by lipocalin.  When asthma is caused by exposure to cats, it is typically caused by Fel d4 (feline lipocalin) or Fel d1 (androgen binding glycoprotein).

Several studies have shown that fertile male mice produce 500 to 1000 more lipocalin than female mice. 

Lipocalin levels in male and female mice are markedly reduced  when spayed.

 These studies have not been performed in cats, but it is reasonable to assume that individuals with severe horse or rabbit allergies will have less reaction than a female or neutered male kitten.

There are currently no commercial tests capable of measuring Fel d4 or most other cat allergens . 

Anyone with severe cat-related asthma should spend time with a cat  low production fel d1, before purchasing a kitten.

Testing with fur samples is not sufficient for

people with a lipocalin or albumin allergy.

This chart illustrates the most common feline allergens

and shows the approximate percentage of people

allergic to cats that react to each individual



The recent death of a Turin woman following a severe asthma attack, and not from anaphylactic shock as erroneously reported in the press, which occurred while brushing the cat makes it necessary to clarify. 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Among the inhalant allergens of animal origin, those of cats are particularly important in Western countries as the cause of  respiratory allergies, in particular of_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b -136bad5cf of awareness varies in atopics between 10-15% of Europe and 36% of the USA. 

Feline allergens can cause serious and potentially fatal reactions in some individuals.

The allergen information provided is not a substitute for medical advice.

It is advisable to consult a doctor before visiting and / or purchasing a Norwegian cat  

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Hypoallergenic cats, what are the breeds of cats for allergy sufferers?



Visiting a cattery that breeds cats with low FEL D1 production is an authentic allergy test that offers visitors a clear indication of their immune response, this also refers to the kitten they wish to buy as according to the analyzes carried out, the low allergen productivity is a genetic trait that is transmitted from parents to children . 

Most of the reactions to cats come from Fel d1. Reactions to other animals such as dogs, horses, hamsters or rabbits indicate reactions to secondary allergens. These allergies can cause a higher test failure rate.

Visitors should always carry their medications - including eye drops, inhalers, and antihistamines. Should a reaction occur, visitors should promptly wash their hands and face with soap and water to remove the surface allergen . 

Whenever possible, visitors  should consider not taking antihistamines prior to the farm visit, as it will mask the severity of the reactions. Visitors should always check with a doctor before stopping prescription medications.

 Most Fel d1 reactions occur within 15 minutes of exposure. The secondary reactions occur only after a longer exposure, in any case it is advisable to stay in the breeder's house for at least 1 hour and when possible repeat the test twice a day apart.

For the breeder it is  it is advisable to reduce secondary allergens by cleaning the rooms to remove surface hair and dust mites.

The litter boxes should be clean  and the house should be aired before the visit. Scratching posts and padded kennels  collect large amounts of allergens and dust mites and should be covered or avoided by visitors.

You should start your visit in a room a low allergen rate, in the cleanest room possible.

Allergic individuals should briefly lay their faces on the mother cat.

Kittens do not have the same allergen levels found in adult cats are therefore  an insufficient indicator of allergic response.

  Sometimes visitors may have a reaction to kittens but not to the mother,  this reaction can be seen in combination with allergies to eggs or to the_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_ milk, when these same kittens are older, this reaction is usually less severe.

Litter box reaction is very common and can come from many sources. The litter boxes pusty o perfumed can both have problems_cc781905-badca5-badca5_c Feces and urine contain many cat allergens, including Fel d1. It is always advisable for allergy sufferers to keep the litter box in a room well isolated from the accommodation.



feline allergens can cause severe and life-threatening reactions in some individuals. The information on allergens provided by the NORWEGIAN CAT FARM DISIR NORNIR  does not replace medical advice.

It is advisable to consult a doctor before visiting and / or purchasing a Norwegian cat or other breeds of the list.

Advice for allergic people who want to buy a hypoallergenic / hypoallergenic cat

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  • Sterilize the cat,  both male and female,   as well as being extremely healthy for your kitty_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136905_cc7 and sterilization your environment 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ guarantees very low allergen production; according to some test the sterilized female produces less allergen than the sterilized male.

  •   Moisten a sponge or a clean cloth with  Allerpet   in the_baby_baby_baby_baby_baby_bab3b-136b . This will reduce the allergens released into the air during combing, deactivate many of the allergens on the fur .  Allerpet can be purchased online.
    You can take a bath at gatti 1 volta_cc781905-5cde-3194bd-136badal month. This will remove both allergens and irritants from the coat . 

  • Clean scratching posts and places where the cat sleeps often;  

  • The highest concentration of allergen is found in the litter. If you are extremely sensitive, have someone else clean the litter box and if possible keep it on the balcony, in the garage or in a dedicated room. Green tea litter  contains tannic acid which deactivates the Fel d1 allergen.
     Utilizzate sand with low percentage of dust without perfume. Wash the litter box weekly.

  • Avoid silver and smoke color,  i  levels of FEL-D1 are higher second lcc7-analysis -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_glycoprotein  appears to be connected  to color.

  • Wipe the cat's fur regularly with a damp cloth,   can help you reduce the amount of Fel D 1.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a filter.

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