14 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

 



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 SHORTHAIR

Oriental Shorthairs are short haired and shed very little hair. 
ORIENTAL SHORTHAIR



CORNISH REX

Very good cat for allergy sufferers since they shed very little because they possess only the undercoat layer called the down hair. 
CORNISH REX



 

SPHYNX

This breed of cat is hairless. Therefore, they have no hair to trap the allergens in their saliva. 
SPHYNX


 

RUSSIAN BLUE

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. 
RUSSIAN BLUE


 

BENGAL

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. 
BENGAL


 

BALINESE

This cat breed produces less of the Fel D1 protein in his saliva, which makes him a good candidate for allergy sufferers. 
BALINESE


  

SIBERIAN

This is a great option for cat lovers who really prefer a long-haired cat. 
SIBERIAN


 

DEVON REX



Same family as the Cornish Rex, the Devon breed has less hair and shorter fur than the Cornish Rex. 
DEVON REX


 

JAVANESE

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. 
JAVANESE



LAPERM

Laperms shed a lot less than most cat breeds because of their curly textured coat. 
LAPERM

 

 

SIAMESE

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.

SIAMESE

 

 

BURMESE

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.

BURMESE

 

 

COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR

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.

COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR

 

 

OCICAT

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.

OCICAT

 

 

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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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15 comments

Created on Posted by HOMEOANIMAL Comment Link

Hi Wendy, Thank you for your excellent question. Are British Shorthair cats hypoallergenic? Unfortunately, no. Their fur is short but very thick and — as any British Shorthair owner can attest, tends to get absolutely everywhere, even when brushed weekly. They produce allergens in the same quantities like any other cat and will trigger the same reactions.
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Created on Posted by Wendy Comment Link

Is British Shorthair one of the “hypoallergenic” cats?

Created on Posted by HOMEOANIMAL Comment Link

Hi Yuri,
Thank you for your comment and interest. We are not able to help you with the adoption of the cat you wish for. However, we do have a list of shelters and rescues that we have worked with that may be able to help you more: https://www.homeoanimal.com/pages/our-friends

Hope this helps!
HOMEOANIMAL

Created on Posted by Yuri Comment Link

Looking to adopt a Devon Rex cat. Not sure if I can on this site, but maybe you can point me in the right direction.

Created on Posted by Ann R Boles Comment Link

Now to find one of these cats. Nearly impossible.


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