Is Cat Hair Harmful?

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Many rumors abound concerning the dangers of cat hair to human health. Like most rumors, the origin of these legends are blurry and not based in fact. The most common health problem that humans can experience as a result of cats is allergies and related asthma. These conditions, however, are caused by the cat dander or other particles carried in the fur and not the hair itself.

1.Facts about cat hair
o    If you have cats, you will also have to deal with cat hair (unless you have a Sphinx, which is a hairless breed). Other than being a nuisance, cat hair in and of itself is not harmful to human health. If you have cat allergies, you might have reactions to cat dander or cat saliva but not to the hair itself. However, the more hair, the more dander, so a large amount of hair will appear to cause a greater allergic reaction.

Causes of cat allergies
o    It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population has pet allergies, and cats are among the most common culprits. Cat allergies are almost two times as common as dog allergies. The allergy is provoked by proteins in the cat's dander (dried flakes of skin), saliva or urine.

People with cat allergies have immune systems that mistake these proteins for pathogens that are trying to harm the body. This causes the immune system to overreact, which creates the symptom of allergy.
Also be aware that if you are having allergic reactions around your cat, it might not be caused by the cat itself but by the pollen, mold, fleas or other allergens that the cat carries in its fur.

Symptoms of cat allergies
The major symptoms of cat allergies can include coughing, wheezing, hives/rash, itchy or red eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and wheezing or asthma-like symptoms. Often a person with cat allergies will constantly feel like they have a cold or are "coming down with something."

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