Are Maine Coons hypoallergenic?

The certain answer is, No. Sorry. Hypoallergenic means less likely to cause an allergic reaction in a person. There is nothing that supports the idea that Maine Coons are hypoallergenic.

Maine Coon in The Netherlands. Photo: Dani

The truth is that no cat is going to be completely hypoallergenic because the allergen that causes the allergic reaction in some people is a protein called Fel D1 in the cat's saliva. It is deposited on the cat's fur when he or she grooms. It then dries and flies off into the atmosphere as cat dander.

Cats that are said to be hypoallergenic to a degree are the wildcat hybrid, the Savannah cat (which incidentally is the Allerca cat called the Ashera GD) and the Siberian cat. But I don't believe that the Siberian is hypoallergenic. There is no reason why it should be. Breeders tend to promote cats for whatever reason they can find.

Assume that all cats are not hypoallergenic. Rather than cat breeds, individual cats will be hypoallergenic to a degree. Males that are not neutered are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. I would check out a number of individual rescue cats and see whether they cause a reaction in you.

See also hypoallergenic cat breeds.

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