Here are some articles about cornish rex and allergy. READ THEM CAREFULLY !
My allergy to cats began when I was a child. I never had the pleasure of stroking or cuddling a cat, because if I had, there would be swelling of my lips and my eyes would sting. Now, I have discovered the Cornish Rex and visited someone who WAS ALLERGIC to THEM! He was very sad to loose his lovely 'girls' but after my first visit, not only was I perfectly okay, but the owner of the cats was very pleased with me and my partner. He could see that we were committed to giving his 'girls' a good home with lots of love. That was last June and now in March 2003 I have learnt how to cuddle and love these wonderful creatures. They are loosing a little bit of hair at the moment, perhaps it is the winter coat being lost ready for the spring, but still I am not suffering ANY affects from the cats. Truffles is two years old and Saphie will be two years in May. They are not closely related but are great friend and play together as well as sleep together if they can. Actually, Truffles would prefer a cradle or basket to herself but Saphie often wants to snuggle up to her and either sleep or wash her. Sometimes the washing turns into fighting! We keep the cats indoors. They never go outside, but have the whole house and garage. There are many places where we have put places for them to sleep and the cats have also found other places, usually where it is warm! They love lying in the sun and at night Truffles will ask for the fire to be lit. She has found her voice and 'speaks' to us often. Saphie, however has the loudest purr. Good luck with your desire to promote the Cornish Rex breed. Clive Williamson 6/03/03 - See the pictures of Saffie and Ruffles
My husband has a severe/really bad alergy to cats. When i read that some who have alergies to cats can tolerate rex cats, we found a breeder who had cornish rex cats and my husband visited the house. He did not have an alergy to them. We bought one of the cornish rex cats and have had it now for one year. He has no alergy to the cat in the time we have had her - Christal - 10/02/03
people who are allergic to cats can tolerate a Rex. This does not mean,
however, that the breed is "hypoallergenic". Some people also
have a reaction to the Rex coat. The very short hair does not hold dust,
dander and saliva as well as a normal coat does. Whether or not a
reaction occurs probably depends a great deal on the type and severity
of the allergy. Often a mild reaction can be prevented by having another
person bathe the cat regularly. We recommend that a person with allergy
problems spend some time visiting with and handling Cornish Rex before
deciding to try to live with one. The
Cornish Rex is a good potential choice for people who are allergic to
cats. While no cat can be truely hypoallergenic, the Cornish Rex
does not aggravate allergies in many people with cat allergies.
Allergic people are encouraged to visit a breeder to determine their own
tolerance for the breed.
Where as a normal cat has three layers of hair, the Cornish Rex have only the down hairs (undercoat), which will ease the degree of suffering for people who are allergy sufferers, and for people who don't like alot of cat hair lying around the house. The Cornish Rex cat shed the least, so they deposit less allergen laced hair around the house. Kind REgards Belinda - breeder of cornish - 9/02/03
I'm allergic to cat. I'm more allergic to kittens. But there is no difference between male and female for me : I think what makes the difference is protein of male. The best way to avoid allergy : clean frequently, don't use vaccum cleaner, it spreads fur. Wash your car twice a month.
My article on aniwa.fr
I've contacted aniwa.fr (french site) in order to present them Cornishcatmania. They invited me to write a text about my favourite cat. Here is it :
there a cat for allergics ?
« You dream having a cat and are allergic ? There are two races which seems not to provoke allergy… ». Here is the story :
Allergic to cat since more than ten years, I was desperate. I discovered two races which seems not to provoke allergy : Sphynx and Cornish Rex. I wanted a cat with fur, so I bought a Cornish Rex. The race is not spread; I had to investigate on the net to find a belgian breeder. Gribouille arrived for Christmas, in 2001.
A VERY STRANGE CAT
It's a young race : Kallibunker, first Cornish rex kitten, is born in Corwell in 1950. His strange aspect doesn't attract. But allergics have to know Cornish rex exists.
looks as thin as a rake, curly, thin tail, big ears :
mixing of cat, gremlin and bat !
But trying cornish rex is adopting it ! His fur is so sweet. His
big eyes always semms to be talking to you.
seems not to cause allergy. The Cornish Rex is very appealing, he
presents some caracteristics of doc, but is a real cat : like glue, but
sometimes independant, likes caressing, tenderness, doesn't like to stay
alone. Even if it's a pedigree
cat, the cornish likes to get out, to play with birds and flies !
Some persons are
allergic to cornish rex. So you have to meet breeders to be sure you are
not allergic to this lovely cat.
Please contact me bye mail or visite my site to get more
See the text on aniwa.fr (in French)
Children protected against asthma thanks to dogs and cats
new born living his first year in a family having cats and dogs risks
less having asthma and allergy later.
This is the conclusion of a scientific research in north america.
Children living with two animals or more have twice more chances not to develop allergy to dust, to mushrooms... Condition : living with different animals before the age of 1.
835 children were included in this research which took place in Detroit, Michigan (Etats-Unis), during 7 years. "At the beginning, we wanted to prove contacts with cats and dog increase risk of allergy. Bu the results shows the opposite.", says Dennis R. Ownby, responsible of allergology et immunology of university of Georgia. "It was said to allergologists during years that having cats and dogs wasn't a good idea... what we thought during years was false", says professor Ownby.
Article from Côté Chat - november 2002 - thanks to Nathalie Petit
Gribouille in Chat Magazine - november 2002
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