Are Siamese cats really hypoallergenic?
I've heard that even if you're allergic to cats you don't have to worry with the Siamese. Is this true or is this an old wives tale? (Given the huge number of people with allergies to cats, the issue of allergic reactions is becoming increasingly important).
Hi Catherine, this is actually quite a complicated subject - some people believe Siamese cats do cause fewer allergies than other cats, but others have found that they are allergic to Siamese. So I'm afraid there's no really satisfactory yes or no answer.
If you do have allergies around cats, you shouldn't just ignore them. They can be triggered at any time so don't turn a blind eye to them. The last thing you want is to get a wonderful Siamese cat and have to give him away if your allergic reactions become serious.
My own Aunt was allergic to cats but she had several Siamese - she always said they were the only cats she could have near. So some can have a life with Siamese cats.
My suggestion, bearing in mind I'm only a cat lover and not a doctor or health practitioner of any kind, is to spend plenty of time with the cats and kittens belonging to the Siamese cat breeder you might be buying from. If after all this playing and cuddling you have no allergic reactions then you might be one of the lucky ones. If your allergies start up, then unfortunately you'll have to stay away from these lovely cats.
One thing that might work is going to an alternative health clinic - you might be able to deal with your allergies through dietary changes. This will involve lifelong lifestyle changes so be sure you can make the commitment for the lifetime of your Siamese.
Good luck and please tell me how you got on. Anne, the Siamese Cat Lady.