Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon

On average, the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) is smaller than the Maine Coon but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Not all MCs are larger than NFCs. This TikTok video illustrates the point. This NFC is very classic in terms of 'type' meaning desired appearance as per the breed standard. Super appearance. Huge Norwegian Forest Cat the size of a large Maine Coon. Image: MikeB from screenshots. Here is the video. For me it is a bit irritating because of the soundtrack. Horrible for me. But the point is made about size. This is a great NFC. A classic in terms of coat: a grey tabby-and-white. It is his size which is untypical for this breed although they are one of the largest domestic cat breeds challenging the supremacy of the Maine Coon sometimes .

Are Norwegian Forest Cats hypoallergenic?

I'm afraid not. First things first. The word "hypoallergenic" means in this context a cat which is less likely to produce an allergic reaction in a person. The word does not mean that a cat will produce no reaction at all times. It is more nuanced than that. 

Norwegian Forest Cat kittens.

And secondly, you probably know that the allergen which causes the allergic reaction in people is called Fel D1 and it is contained in the saliva of the cat. All domestic cats have it. It is highly unfortunate that they have because about 10% of the human population are predisposed to an allergic reaction to the domestic cat.

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However, the Norwegian Forest Cat is just like any other domestic cat in this regard. And why not? There has been a lot of discussion about preventing an allergic reaction in people because it stops good people adopting a cat. Although, many people who are allergic to domestic cats live with one. They find ways around the problem. Also, I believe that you can become adapted to the presence of domestic cats even when you are allergic to them to the point where the allergy fades.

Even the hairless cats create an allergic reaction in people because as mentioned, the problem is in the saliva which is then deposited on the fur or in the case of a hairless cat on the skin.

There is one cat breed which people claim is hypoallergenic which is the Siberian. I did some work on that. Particularly, it is claimed that the pointed version of the Siberian cat called the Neva Masquarade secretes less of the Fel d1 allergen and therefore is hypoallergenic at least to a certain extent. Please click on this link if that topic interests you.

But back to the NFC as I call the cat. I'm afraid this cat breed is not known to be hypoallergenic. If you are allergic to domestic cats you might consider a cat food manufactured by Purina called LiveClear which may work for you. It appears to have some success. In addition, you can take certain steps as highlighted in the following article: How I control my allergy to cats.

Good luck in your search for a remedy to the cat allergy.


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