You’d love to have a cat but you, your spouse or kids are allergic to cats. No worries, you can still adopt a cat. You may have heard of “hypoallergenic” cats. That does not mean that they are all 100% allergen free. That just doesn’t exist. Perhaps, they are proven to reduce allergic reactions by a lot.
What makes them hypoallergenic? They are called hypoallergenic because they produce lower allergens than the more common cats we know. There is a protein in cat’s saliva called Fel D1. This protein is what usually makes an allergic person take antihistamines, sneeze, have itchy eyes or even have an asthma attack. But the following 14 cat breeds produce less of this protein than others, which makes them hypoallergenic. Now you can go try to convince your family members that there are actually some hypoallergenic cats out there!
Oriental Shorthairs are short haired and shed very little hair.
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Very good cat for allergy sufferers since they shed very little because they possess only the undercoat layer called the down hair.
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This breed of cat is hairless. Therefore, they have no hair to trap the allergens in their saliva.
This is surprisingly a hypoallergenic cat. Even though he has some fur, he is still short haired. This breed is famous for his blue/grey colored coat that makes his coat shiny.
What makes this breed hypoallergenic is not that it produces less of the protein that makes people allergic to cats, but it is their coats that make them hypoallergenic. Their coats require less maintenance, for that reason, their coats aren’t charged with as much saliva.
This cat breed produces less of the Fel D1 protein in his saliva, which makes him a good candidate for allergy sufferers.
This is a great option for cat lovers who really prefer a long-haired cat.
Same family as the Cornish Rex, the Devon breed has less hair and shorter fur than the Cornish Rex.
Javanese cats only have one of the three layers of coat that regular cats have, similar to the cornish and devon rexes. The difference is that this cat breed only has the top layer of coat that most cats have instead of the down hair.
Laperms shed a lot less than most cat breeds because of their curly textured coat.
The Siamese cat is considered a hypoallergenic cat. In fact, this usually very vocal kitty sheds much less than other cat breeds. Although its short hair can cause an allergic reaction, finding a lot less hair in the home really helps those people who are sensitive to feline allergens to not develop symptoms.
The Burmese cats have short, very silky hair and are usually a color similar to sand. Other colors exist in this breed, but you will recognize it by its beautiful golden eyes. They are very fond of humans and some people find that their personality resembles that of a dog. They are also known to produce fewer allergens.
The Colorpoint Shorthair breed is a variant of Siamese cats, created from a cross of the Siamese with the American Shorthair breed. So, fortunately for allergic people, they share some of the characteristics of the Siamese. They are big chatterboxes and shed significantly less hair than other cat breeds. Your allergy symptoms will therefore be mild or absent if you choose a Colorpoint Shorthair.
The Ocicats. These leopard-like cats are also distant cousins of the Siamese. For the same reason previously mentioned above for their Siamese cousin, this breed is preferred for an allergic person who is looking for a feline friend. They look very similar to the Bengal cats, however, they are slightly smaller in size. They are sociable and intelligent cats who can even learn to follow you on a leash! They are therefore perfect hypoallergenic companions.
Yes, there’s a kitty out there for just about everyone, even people with allergies! We hope that learning about hypoallergenic cats encourages you or a loved one find a new feline friend.
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