Are Maine Coons Less Allergenic?

Are Maine Coons Less Allergenic?

by Shadi
(Ontario)

Three Maine Coon Cat Brothers: Photo copyright Helmi Flick

Three Maine Coon Cat Brothers: Photo copyright Helmi Flick

I just wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with the fact that people who are allergic to cats are less allergic to Maine Coons. I find I am one of those who can tolerate this breed but the shorter hair ones makes me itchy. What is your input? Is this my imagination?


Hi Shadi... In all my travels on the internet and on the ground I have not encountered information from a reliable source that says that Maine Coons are hypoallergenic or less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

The truth is that no cat is absolutely hypoallergenic unless you believe Life Style Pets and their Allerca cats.

As you know the allergen is in the cat's saliva (new window) that gets deposited on the fur and it then flies around the place when the fur sheds and the skin flakes break free of the skin (cat dander).

The only long haired cat that is said to be hypoallergenic is the Siberian but I don't think this is true.

I think what is happening is that the potency of the cat's allergen varies from individual cat to individual cat and you have bumped into some Maine Coons that you are not particularly allergic to.

I am not allergic to cats but became allergic to a stray cat who I feed, Timmy(new window). He only had to be in the room and I would itch. Touching him caused itching over most of my body. Now (after 6 months or more) I am not allergic to him.

There are some variables here and we can get used to cats too I think.

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Aug 30, 2011 I find this to be true
by: Anonymous

I am allergic to many cats, but I'm not allergic to Maine Coon cats or Birman cats. Both of these breeds seem to like water, or at least the individuals that I have met within the breed, and their fur seems almost water repellant...perhaps this has something to do with it?


Jul 27, 2010 Siberian Cats
by: Anonymous

My husband is very allergic to cats so we bought 2 siberian cats and he is fine with them. Thank goodness as I love cats.


Apr 12, 2010 allergins
by: gracie tatanka

one thing i have noticed about gracie is that she has always had a wet mouth more like a dogs than a cat(she really is a bit of a slobberer!) its not her teeth which are perfectly healthy are most mc like that and if so wouldnt that be more likely to control the dander which is what most people are allergic to?


Feb 05, 2010 Main coon
by: morgan

hi I have Main Coon cat Thank You


Jan 20, 2010 allergies
by: kathy

I once read that the Bengal Breed could be tollerated by people with allergies because of the difference in the hair coat. But not all Bengals have that certain hair coat. I have heard that some of them dont shed as much as other breeds. I once owned some that had this hair coat. They didnt seem to shed as much but they all loved to be groomed. I have also heard that if you bath your cat more often that it can help to remove the allergens off of the coat. But then I have also heard that its in the cats saliva that causes the allergen. That the more a cat grooms itself the more allergens that will be attached to the coat. These are just some of the things I have heard.



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