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Good article. Sphynx cats are on the list, but many, many sphynx that end up in rescue organisations in OZ are there because they were purchased by people who didn't do enough to determine whether a sphynx would actually be suitable given their allergies. The point about spending time with the supposed "hypoallergenic" cat before taking it home perminently is excellent. If you have a severe cat allergy, pretty much no cat is suitable whereas if your allergy is mild it may be...
OP, I know several sphynx cat owners in HK, but they all imported them from Australia as they were unable to find a breeder here.
Thank you for all of your replies!!!
I'm not sure if I'm allergic o hypoallergenic cats. Floating cat furs do make my nose go stuffy, but I'm not allergic to my cat (British Shorthair)'s saliva.
It seems like I should try to find a breeder from abroad instead of in Hong Kong. Any good Sphynx cat breeder recommendation? Honestly I'm very ignorant when it comes to finding a breeder and importing a pet from abroad. I've never done that before.
Thank you very much!
Seems less trouble than importing a Sphynx and you would know for sure if it triggers an allergic reaction; if the Sphynx does then you would have wasted a lot of effort and money, and you may want to give it away then. (In which case you shouldn't post it here because you will surely get flamed for it )
Siberian cats are said to be non-allergic but I sneeze like crazy with them. I have a rescued cat, just a normal breed now and use the following remedies:
(1) pet shampoo from here which neutralize the allergy causing protein by contact Anti Allergen Pet Shampoo - Hypoallergenic Pet Shampoo | National Allergy your cat has to be willing to be shampooed though. I tempted mine by giving him a nice brushing, and calm him down with soft and comforting voice, and always a treat after. Not all cats are willing to be shampooed though.
(2) Try manuka honey (at least 15+) from New Zealand. You can google it to learn more about it's function with allergy.
(3) Try a Chinese herbal medicine called è¾›å¤·èŠ± (it is actually dried magnolia flower buds). Use it like loose tea leaves, two tea spoons for one cup of hot water. Drink as you need it. It has a fragrance though may not be liked by everyone. It is available in any regular Chinese herbal medicine shop, it's about HK$20 per tale, one tale can make three servings.
(4) I also follow national allergy's advice for house keeping/cleaning.
With one cat and these remedies, my allergy is definitely manageable. Hope that helps!
I'd also strongly recommend you to do an allergy test. Find out really what exactly is/are causing your allergy. I've done one before (which they scratch my back with 50+ allergens) and know that I'm allergic to cat saliva, dandy, dust mites, and 20+ something other things. So I can't blame it all on the cat.
You're right. Maybe I should really do that before I really import a Sphynx. But how do I know which types of breeds are similar to Sphynx? hypoallergenic cat breeds? Thank you
Hope you'll get one and find out what are the allergens you're responding to and be able to target treat them.