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I'm hoping to get a rag doll cat next week, my adult daughter

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I'm hoping to get a rag doll cat next week, my adult daughter is allergic whats the best thing I can do to help her is a male or female cat less allergic than another
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.
Hello, I am glad to hear you are thinking of a new cat! My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. The protein in cat fur that most people are allergic to is common to both male and female cats, so it does not matter if you get a male or a female. If your daughter lives with you, the cat should not be allowed into the room where she sleeps. I have been told by an expert in human respiratory diseases that the protein that causes people to have allergies to cats is from the anal glands. The cat grooms and spreads small amounts of anal gland secretions over their bodies, and when their hair and dander get into the environment, that is what people react to when they are allergic. So, if you have a cat's anal glands surgically removed, it will be a hypoallergenic cat. Both male and females have these glands; they are the same in all cats so the sex of the cat won't matter. Let me know if I can help with or answer anything else.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.
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Removing anal glands is not that difficult, but there are possible complications and risks. You should have it done by a surgery specialist or by a veterinarian who has done many of these procedures. There will be some post op pain and swelling.
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Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.
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