The very sought-after hypoallergenic Bengal cat breed can be especially popular among allergy prone pet owners. The allergic reaction most people associate with cats doesn’t come from their hair, as is often assumed, but rather from their dander. Dander is a combination of dried skin and saliva, which when floating around in a living room, can produce the sneezing and watery-eyes we associate with cat allergies.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Bengal Cat, large in part because:
A: They look awesome.
B. Bengal cats are hypoallergenic, meaning they are less likely than other cats to produce an allergic reaction.
The hypoallergenic Bengal Cat king himself:
What makes Bengal cats hypoallergenic?
So why are Bengal cats hypoallergenic and why do they produce less dander than other breeds? Theories vary, although no concrete scientific studies have ever been conducted (Perhaps this will be Splendid Beast’s next venture). Some believe it is because of the Bengal cat’s short coat, which requires less maintenance than longer-haired felines. Others believe it is because the Bengal sheds less than other cats, which keeps dander from spreading throughout the house. Maybe it has something to do with their wild ancestry – Bengal cats are the result of cross-breeding domestic felines with the Asian Leopard cat, which gives them their trademark spots.
For more information on Hypoallergenic cat breeds and allergies, check out this link from Petfinder. The Bengal is definitely not the only choice when it comes to hypoallergenic cats.
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