How much more allergenic are neutered male cats than female cats? I know they produce more Fel d 1, but is the difference slight or significant?
Asking for daisyace
For those who have been following my saga
, there's been a plot twist. The kitten we brought home on Saturday has just been to the vet for a healthy kitten check, and it turns out he's a boy! That's a problem because my husband has allergies, and males produce more allergens. We've got to return him tomorrow, or keep him. To decide, I'd love to know the numbers -- what percent more Fel d 1 neutered males produce than females.
As a summary of my previous question, this is a Siberian kitten, which is a low-allergen breed. We've had him since Saturday, and he's 13 weeks old. My husband has been having a little bit of a reaction, but much, much less than to other cats. It's a bit of a risk in any case, because we don't know whether things will get better, worse, or stay the same as my husband gets acclimated, and as the cat gets more mature and more allergens build up in the house. Logically, we should minimize the risk that my husband will have to go on medication as much as possible, so we'd chosen what we thought was a girl, but we do already adore this particular cat, and after my last posting, we had decided to keep 'her.' So, we'd like to know whether the difference between neutered males and females is significant or slight.
(We've already got plenty of suggestions for ways to control allergies, thanks!)