Fans of the British Shorthair cats, would you like to find out if this breed is hypoallergenic?
The British Shorthair cat is known worldwide as a pedigree version of the British domestic cat. These cats have a broad face, dense coat and stocky body. An interesting fact we uncovered about this breed is that it is actually one of the world’s most ancient known cat breeds. The British Shorthair is still the most famous pedigree cat in the United Kingdom.
For our allergic families, we want to find out if this breed is a perfect fit for your residence. We have done detailed research on whether the British Shorthair is hypoallergenic and if it can affect allergy sufferers or not.
For answers to all your questions, please read on!
Are British Shorthair Cats Hypoallergenic?
Unfortunately, the British Shorthair cats are not hypoallergenic. British Shorthairs developed a reputation for being hypoallergenic in the past, but that is not the case. This breed has a high probability of triggering allergies; here is why:
- They are moderate shedders
- They produce Fel d1 allergy-causing protein
- They have a moderate to high dander production rate
Overall Hypoallergenic Score: 4/10
All cats, including the British Shorthair, can trigger a wide range of allergies. And the most common allergic reactions are skin and breathing sensitivities.
Does the British Shorthair Cat Shed a Lot?
No, the British Shorthair cats are moderate shedding cats that shed regularly throughout the year. As their name suggests, they have a short hair length, so you shouldn’t expect to notice too much of their fur all over your home when they do shed. They do, however, release all the trapped dander and outdoor allergens trapped in their fur when they start shedding their short thick coats.
In any case, regular brushing of their coat is mandatory if you want to keep the allergies at bay as much as possible. We suggest brushing their coats daily to help you manage their shedding levels. More on this is a section further below.
Shedding Levels: 8/10
Hair Length: 3/10
How to Know If the British Shorthair Is Hypoallergenic to You
Several cats have a low probability of triggering allergic reactions; unfortunately, the British Shorthair is not typically one. With that being said, it really does depend on your unique sensitivities. A cat may be hypoallergenic to you if you find that it has a lower chance of triggering your allergies.
Typically, British Shorthairs can aggravate a wide range of allergies, with the most common skin and breathing sensitivities. We have rated the British Shorthair for the probability of both below. This is also why they are generally not thought to be hypoallergenic.
Probability of Causing Breathing Allergies: 9/10
Probability of Causing Skin Allergies: 7/10
Individuals with breathing allergies or asthma are usually affected by airborne allergens like fur and dander. And with this breed being a moderate shedder, you might not be safe living with it under the same roof.
On the other hand, people with skin allergies are affected by direct exposure to substances containing the Fel d1 protein all cats produce. This protein is what causes most cat allergies in people all over the world.
British Shorthair Saliva and Dander Exposure
All cats produce a certain amount of allergens; therefore, no breed is 100% “allergy-friendly”. Cats produce numerous proteins and antigens, particularly Fel d1, that can cause allergies. These allergy-causing proteins are found in the cat’s urine, dander and saliva, among other substances and it’s your contact with these elements that can trigger skin reactions.
Saliva Exposure: 7/10
Dander Levels: 9/10
The British Shorthair cats have a moderate dander production rate, which can be managed with regular brushing. However, as they are a short-haored breed, their fur does not trap their fur close to their bodies (a common trait in long-haired breeds). Thus, dander moves to the end of their fur quite easily.
Coupled with their moderate to high shedding levels, this cat breed releases more dander into the environment than hypoallergenic cats breeds do.
When it comes to saliva exposure, all cats slobber when happy and relaxed, and the British Shorthair is no exception. British Shorthair cats also love licking their coats clean. And this can result in saliva being trapped together with dander on their coats. The trapped saliva has a high probability of affecting sufferers when you stroke your cat or when you come into contact with fur they shed.
British Shorthair Grooming and Coat Maintenance
The British Shorthair love grooming themselves so you don’t need to worry about giving them regular baths. You should only wash them when they get into something nasty and can’t clean themselves.
Make sure you wash them with the right cat shampoo to keep their skin and coat shiny and healthy.
Ease of Grooming: 7/10
Risk of Allergen Exposure: 8/10
Being shorthaired, you don’t have to worry about their coats getting matted or tangled. All you have to do is brush their smooth short coats at least once a week to get rid of all the dead hair. Brushing them daily can also help control the amount of fur and dander released throughout your home.
Make sure you brush them with the right brush; after all, no owner wants their brush yanking their cat’s healthy skin and fur!
In Love With the British Shorthair Cat and Still Want One? Tips for Reducing Allergies
Well, we understand!
If you love this breed and don’t want any other breed, we have a few tips for creating as allergy-free an environment as you can. These top tips will help you make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of keeping your allergies at bay. Even though the most crucial factor to consider is your sensitivities, these tips can help you stay safe.
The British Shorthair cats are intelligent and independent. They have a high degree of insight and are trainable. However, these cats will be even happier if you occupy their minds with games and puzzles. Since training can help you curb the spread of allergens, we recommend that you teach them the following:
- To never lick you if you are allergic to cat saliva
- To stay away from the bedrooms
- To always stay within your compound
- To stay off your soft furnishings
- Proper potty training is essential
Fortify Your Residence
All cats, including the British Shorthair, tend to be mischievous when bored or alone. And additional protection will help you manage allergies. So we recommend that you purchase the following allergy-combating devices:
- HEPA Filters
- An air purifier that is designed for homes with pets
- A high-quality vacuum cleaner
- Have your allergy meds near you
Make sure you also keep doors to your bedrooms closed when you’re not home to avoid your cat walking (and shedding!) all over your bed.
Choose a Hypoallergenic British Shorthair Cross Breed for Less Allergic Reactions
Another method of managing allergies is adopting a hypoallergenic British Shorthair mix. These hybrids have a low probability of affecting sufferers than a pure British Shorthair.
While British Shorthairs are not considered hypoallergenic, if you’re dead set certain this is the breed for you, make sure you spend time around them first. You can also check out our list of hypoallergenic cats if you’re keen on finding a better suited breed for your home.