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Are Munchkin Cats Hypoallergenic?

Munchkin cats are arguably one of the cutest cat breeds out there. With their tiny legs, they run around in a waddle-like way and sometimes have folded ears. Maybe you’re considering having one of your own, but you have an allergic reaction to cats. Unfortunately, in this case, Munchkin cats are not considered a hypoallergenic cat breed.

If you want to get down to brass tacks, there isn’t really a completely hypoallergenic cat breed out there, but there are breeds that are more tolerable to people with allergies than others. Munchkin cats are generally not among those breeds, but, with lots of diligent cleaning, it could be possible to live peacefully with a non-hypoallergenic cat when you have allergies.

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There’s No Such Thing as a 100% Hypoallergenic Cat

All cats make a certain protein that people with allergies react to, and that protein is called Fel d 1 protein. This protein comes from cat’s saliva, urine, and it’s embedded in their hair under the skin. The reason people react the way they do to cat hair is because cats groom themselves with their saliva and shed. The protein is released from the hairs being on literally everything in your house, including linens and clothes.

Munchkin cats are among the cat breeds that produce a normal amount of Fel d 1. So, this is why they are not considered hypoallergenic.

Do Munchkin Cats Shed?

Yes, Munchkin cats shed a moderate amount. However, within the breed there are varying lengths of hair. Though it doesn’t quite matter allergy-wise whether a cat’s hair is shorter or longer, there is less hair to clean up and brush with shorter cat hair.

Munchkin cats are considered moderate shedders. So, a person with mild allergies should be able to tolerate owning a munchkin cat if they are diligent about brushing the cat regularly and cleaning up the cat hair around the house.

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Which Breeds of Cats are Hypoallergenic?

If you know you absolutely need a hypoallergenic breed of cat, look into one of these breeds that are more allergy-friendly:

These breeds are notorious for producing less Fel d 1 protein than other cat breeds. They still have it, which is why they are not completely allergy-free. These breeds also are low-shedding compared to other cat breeds.

Munchkin Cat Quick Facts

A munchkin cat could be a great addition to your household. They are great family cats; quite energetic and smart. They can learn tricks like a dog and stay playful their whole life long. Munchkin cats come with varying leg lengths, so you could get a “rug-hugger” or a slightly taller one.

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Do Munchkin Cats Have Health Issues?

It’s slightly controversial to own this breed of cat due to its propensity towards health problems. Because their legs are short, they may be prone to back problems. The genetic mutation that causes their short legs can also cause thick joints, bowed legs and jaws that are too small. These can cause serious health problems like hypochondroplasia, lordosis, and pectus excavatum.

For these reasons, some people believe this cat breed should not exist, as it can be viewed as cruel to continue their species if they have a lot of health problems. Others argue that Munchkins don’t have more health problems than the average cat breed.

Which Cats are Worst for Allergies?

If you want to avoid cats that are extremely bad for your cat allergies, stay away from these breeds:

Worst Cat Breeds for Allergies:

You also should consider buying a female cat if you want a less-allergenic cat. This is because female cats of all breeds produce less of the Fel d 1 protein than male cats.

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Living with Cat Allergies as a Cat Owner

It should be noted that when serious allergic reactions happen (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, etc.) due to the presence of cats or cat hair, you should not consider owning a cat. It’s not worth risking your health.

If you only have mild to moderate allergic reactions to cats, however, you can live a happy and a low-sneeze life with a kitty cat, especially Munchkin cats, as they are moderate shedders. Here are a few tips to do just that:

Vacuum everywhere and often

When you live with a cat and cat allergies, you and your vacuum become best friends and spend a lot of time together. Focus specifically on vacuuming your cat’s favorite spaces to hang out, like the top of your couch, the cat’s bed and her scratching post.

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Change and wash linens frequently

Cat’s hair gets everywhere, and the time that you definitely don’t want affected by allergies is your sleeping time. Start off by washing your sheets once a week. If your allergies keep bothering you at night, you may need to wash them every 3 days or even more frequently.

Change air filters in HVAC systems

Owning a pet takes its toll on your HVAC filters. When they are full of pet dander, you can be sure your allergies will act up more than usual. For a household with one pet, change it every 2 months. For more than one pet, do it every month.

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Establish a “cat-free” zone

To decrease the number of times you wash your sheets, definitely keep your cat out of your bedroom when you have cat allergies. If you wish, you can also establish other rooms in your home as off-limits to cats. This will give your senses a break when you spend a lot of time in certain areas of the home.

Brush your cat often and outside

Brush your Munchkin cat (or any cat you have) twice a week to keep the hairs from being shed all over. This traps the hairs and offers quick, all-in-one disposal of the hairs. You should definitely do it outside if the weather permits, otherwise, brush in an enclosed room that you can clean up with a vacuum easily.

Keep the cat outside

It may be unconventional, but it is a way to keep your allergies at bay: keep your cat outside. It’s easy to do when you first get a kitten and especially if you live in the country. Rest assured, your cat will live a happy life in the outdoors. They have been doing it since the beginning of their species. Training a house cat to live outside takes some time and patience, but it is possible in some cases.

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Additional Information

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So, Are Munchkin Cats Hypoallergenic?

It’s likely that you read this article hoping that Munchkin cats were hypoallergenic. Sorry to say that this isn’t the case! We hope we have provided you with enough information to live in harmony with a Munchkin cat, even if you have some mild cat allergies. With persistent cleaning of your house and cat, it is a possible feat to accomplish.

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