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Living with Maine Coon cats and allergies—handy tips

To limit your exposure to the allergens your pet produces, use one of three strategies:

  • Self-level precautions
  • Environment-level protection
  • Feline-level care

What’s better for a Maine Coon kitty’s skin—wet, dry, or raw food?

Veterinarians advise Maine Coons to consume whole-meat canned food on a daily basis in order to maintain hydrated and healthy skin. Dry food tends to make kitties dehydrated, which leads to:

  • Loss of elasticity causes denting of the epidermis and an accumulation of dead skin.
  • Sparse coat and loss of fur in patches

In addition to increasing the production of dander, dry food raises the possibility of common feline diseases like obesity, diabetes, constipation, and urinary tract infections.

Feeding raw food to Maine coons carries a significant risk because of the increased likelihood of pathogen contamination during handling and storage. Eating raw food can result in infections and food poisoning, which can cause skin to peel and shed.

Feel-good food for cuddly cats—let the whole meat proteins from Untamed fortify your cat’s coat!

Environment management for cat allergy sufferers

Reducing the amount of allergen deposits in your living space, in this case cat dander, saliva, and fur, requires careful attention to the environment. Consult the table for more details:

Allergen deposits (Area)

Solutions

Air

  • Install a high-efficiency air cleaning and filtration system. For example, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters can help remove pollen, dust, and animal dander from your home
  • Avoid using ceiling or attic fans in areas where your Maine Coon spends their time

Floor and surfaces

  • Vacuum clean your floors, carpets, and drapes every day to prevent allergen accumulation
  • Choose vacuums with HEPA filters
  • Avoid keeping dust and allergen collectors like plush toys, wall hangings, and artificial flowers
  • Use low-dust and non-tracking cat litter

Furniture and beds

  • Train your Maine Coon to refrain from sitting on beds, settees, and sofas (get them their own cat cave according to their size)
  • Cover furniture your kitty uses with washable throws

Speak with your new roommate or significant other about taking the appropriate environmental precautions to manage allergies if they have a cat.

FAQ

Do Maine Coons trigger cat allergies?

The Maine Coon is not hypoallergenic, meaning that it is not suitable for those with allergies to cats. Due to their high fur and large size, they produce allergens like other cats, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.

What is the #1 most hypoallergenic cat?

1 – Sphynx Being fur-free, Sphynxes are often thought of as the most hypoallergenic cat breed. This means they could be the perfect pet for the allergy sufferer.

Do Maine Coons have more health issues?

The Maine Coon cat is a native breed that developed naturally over time. Despite this, there are still some genetic health issues to watch out for. Around 30% of Maine Coon cats carry a gene that increases their risk of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a heart disease.