In a sense, Nebelung cats can be considered “partially” hypoallergenic.
There are reports of people who are allergic to cats coming across Nebelung cats and not having an allergic reaction to them, much as they would with a truly hypoallergenic cat. At the same time, there are also reports of people interacting with these cats and having allergic reactions to them.
An experienced breeder may be able to determine whether a specific Nebelung cat is hypoallergenic or not, but even then, there is no guarantee on whether this could be true.
If you are someone who needs a hypoallergenic cat, it might be worth looking into one of the parent breeds of the Nebelung, the Russian Blue. Both cats have similar personalities and appearances, with the Russian Blue having shorter fur.
However, you shouldn’t count on Nebelung cats being hypoallergenic. Of course, there is the chance that you could be lucky and adopt one that is, but nobody wants to risk the chance that they have to return or rehome a cat because of allergies.
For the most part, you should turn your attention toward other cats that are known to be far more hypoallergenic, especially if you are someone with severe allergies to cats. Thankfully, there are more than a few different hypoallergenic cat breeds out there, many of which can share traits with the Nebelung, if that is the kind of cat that you want.
Relatively solitary cats that you could adopt include:
- Russian Blue
- Cornish Rex
- Devon Rex
Some hypoallergenic cats with longer fur include the Siberian cat, the Siamese cat, and the Laperm cat.
Adopting one of these cats for a household that needs a hypoallergenic cat will be a lot more beneficial for everyone, as these cats are far more likely to be truly hypoallergenic, as opposed to the gamble that you would take with adopting a Nebelung cat.
Cats and Allergies
There are actually two main types of allergies to cats that one can have, with one being easier to handle than the other.
The most common allergy to cats is to a specific protein that is secreted in the cat’s skin and is found in the fur of a cat. Most hypoallergenic cats are bred to not produce this protein, making them suitable for people who are allergic to this.
There is another main allergen that cats produce, and this allergen is the second most common cause of cat allergies. This second allergen is found in cat saliva, which is then deposited through the cat’s fur during grooming.
Getting a hypoallergenic cat will not relieve this allergen. Ultimately, this means that first things first, you need to consider what type of allergy you have to cats, as getting a hypoallergenic cat will make a difference with only one.
Keeping this in mind, if you find that you can take care of and handle cats that are hypoallergenic, you may wonder where you should go from here. You may not know which cats are hypoallergenic, and of those cats, which ones are the best for you.
One of the many hypoallergenic cats that you can consider is the relatively new breed of cats known as Nebelung cats, or so some people will tell you. It’s actually rather unclear whether this cat is truly hypoallergenic, and to understand why, you need to first understand this breed’s history.
The History of Nebelung Cats
In terms of breed histories, the Nebelung cat is a fairly new breed of cat, with its history beginning in only the early 1980s, when a breeder was working with a recessive long-haired gene that came from the Russian Blue breed of cats.
Over time, the breeder was able to create this breed of cat with many of the traits of the typical short-haired Russian Blue, but with much longer, glossier hair, eventually naming it Nebelung, which is a German word that loosely translates to “creatures of the mist.” In 1987, this breed of cat was officially registered and established as a specific breed of cat, and it has slowly gained popularity for its unique mist-blue and glossy coat.
As with many breeds of cats, especially more modern breeds, the Nebelung breed descended from one stray cat, whose breed was not actually known. All that is known for certain is that the Nebelung breed comes at least partially from the Russian Blue, which is a hypoallergenic species.
This becomes a problem, as this means that only some Nebelung cats will develop that hypoallergenic property, as it depends on the traits of their ancestors.