The glamorous and rather special Savannah cat is the right choice for the Obamas if they do consider getting a First Cat to accompany their First Dog, Bo. I’ll tell you why, in my opinion, the Savannah cat should be their first choice. I’ll also propose a second choice.
Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama, is allergic to cats, apparently. Or at least she has “pet allergies” according to the Los Angeles Times. She looks like her Mum, incidentally. And her mum is the one, with the children, who are going to make the decisions on this.
There are no cats that are guaranteed to not produce an allergic reaction in a person who is allergic to the allergen in cat saliva called Fel D1. It does not matter if the cat is purebred or a moggie. Unneutered males are probably the most likely to give you an allergic reaction even if you did not know you were allergic to cats or are slightly allergic to cats.
There is a group of cats – I’ll call them “types of cat” because they are not officially cat breeds – that are claimed to be hypoallergenic. “Hypoallergenic” means less likely to produce an allergic reaction. It does not mean no allergic reaction. These cats are the LifeStyle Pets Inc. Allerca cats. There are several “models”. One looks like a moggie, one has pointing (Siamese style called Chakan) and one looks very much like a first generation Savannah cat (an F1 Savannah cat). These cats are called the Ashera GD. They are the Rolls Royces of the cat world. Highly stand out and noticeable. High profile etc.
I have finally got to the point I want to make. I have it on the highest authority that the Ashera GD is an F1 Savannah cat. And I also have it on the same authority that the Savannah cat is hypoallergenic although the same authority sensibly says that there is no scientific support for this. For this reason this person does not advertise this characteristic. However, her say-so is about as good as it gets in terms of certainties in the very grey and vague world of hypoallergenic cats.
There is lots of stuff on the internet about hypoallergenic cats. Tons of it growing by the minute. Nearly all of it is hearsay and repeated information from less than reliable sources.
A Savannah cat is a good bet for the Obama family. In addition to its hypoallergenic pedigree it is a very glamorous, high profile cat that spells “success”. This cat would seem to be highly suitable to a glamorous and highly successful family. Even Republicans have to concede that they are a great success story. The American Dream made good.
The Savannah cat is relatively high energy. A nice touch for a President of the United States who has to give the impression that he is high energy and committed to resolving some very sticky problems. If the first filial Savannah cat is too big and too much of a handful a cute fifth generation is nice too. These are called SBT Savannah cats. “SBT” stands for “Stud Book Tradition” in reference to the stud books or records of family trees of purebred cats.
There is one last point to make about the Savannah cat – it is the creation of an American. Only in America would you see this sort of cat breed. Americans like their exotic cats.
If all that I have said is unwelcome then a beautiful moggie from the local cat shelter would do nicely. The one downside in adopting a Savannah cat is that you are very unlikely to find one at a cat shelter. Although there are some Savannah cat rescue organizations.
If a beautiful random bred cat is selected, then one cat is being saved. One unwanted cat would find a home – and what a home. This aspect of the matter might be the clincher. Adopting a female would be advisable as there would seem to be less chance of an allergic reaction. And how about trying out the relationship first? An allergic reaction to the cat allergen will happen quite fast. Malia Obama would find out pretty quickly if she was allergic to a rescue cat. A female red tabby would be the one to choose. You’ll have the better chance of a cat with a character able to deal with the pressures of being the nation’s first cat.