When in the presence of felines, if you’re suddenly coughing, sneezing, experiencing itchy eyes, or breaking out in rashes, then you may be among the 30% of individuals who suffer from cat allergies. While cat fur is responsible for a minor level of allergens, it’s actually a combination of pet dander and a protein called Fel-D1 that causes most people to experience cat allergies. While Fel-D1 is uniquely found in the saliva, cats are constantly grooming themselves which ultimately coats this protein all over their fur.
The truth is that, technically, hypoallergenic cats don’t exist. There are no observable breeds that are completely free from of dander or Fel-D1 proteins. However, certain breeds have much lower concentrations of these allergy-causing elements. Additionally, each individual person can experience a variety of unique symptoms, meaning that one size does not fit all when it comes to cat allergies. With that said, below we list the top 10 cat breeds that are generally seen as “hypoallergenic”.
While still fluffy, the Balinese produces less Fel-D1 proteins and sheds minimally when compared to most other breeds. Balinese cats are intelligent, talkative, energetic, and a great choice for those with mild feline allergies.
Despite their shaggy fur, Siberians produce much less allergy-causing proteins. These highly affectionate felines are sure to greet you at the door and jump on your lap when you’re lounging, all without making you sneeze.
With their curly short hair, the Devon Rex is one of the best breeds for those with cat allergies. However, this intelligent breed requires lots of attention, so be prepared to snuggle up with your Devon Rex often.
Similar to the Devon Rex, the Cornish Rex has a short coat that minimally sheds. These fun-loving cats are energetic, athletic, and loved to be picked up. Although, keep in mind that the Cornish Rex is prone to oil buildup on their coat, which requires more frequent bathes than other breeds.
This highly intelligent, athletic, and playful breed makes for an ideal family pet in households dealing with mild cat allergies. The Javanese is a historically talkative breed, fortunately their saliva doesn’t produce much Fel-D1.
While hypoallergenic cats don’t technically exist, the Sphynx is the closest breed out there. These sweet and affectionate felines are essentially hairless and require frequent bathes to manage their oily skin.
Sociable and charming, Burmese cats have short dense coats that are ideal for those suffering from feline allergies. This sweet breed requires lots of attention, however, so they may not be right for individuals who are rarely home.
To momentarily break the fourth wall, I personally have a beautiful Russian Blue at home and can vouch for their low-shedding fur. This quiet breed may take a while to warm up to people, but they’re highly affectionate once they trust you.
Sometimes referred to as a “Short-Haired Balinese” cats, the Siamese breed sheds minimally and produces little Fel-D1. These cats are perfect for active families who will attentively play with them often.
This gorgeous breed stands out as they have a spotted short coat which appears similar to their Leopard ancestors. Be aware that while Bengals produce minimal allergy-causing proteins, they are extremely intelligent and energetic, so be sure provide them a playful outlet.
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