Sneezing, nasal congestion, and irritated eyes are a few of the most common symptoms of a cat allergy. Thankfully, not all cats cause these type of reactions. Here are 13 hypoallergenic cat breeds that you might not have known about.
Cats that produce little allergenic protein
The allergic reaction that some people have to cats is caused by feline-specific proteins. The main one is the Fel d 1 protein secreted in their saliva. This protein is deposited on the their hair when they groom themselves and triggers certain symptoms when in contact with an allergic person. These symptoms vary according to the sensitivity of each individual. Consequently, a cat that produces the protein in small quantities is considered hypoallergenic. Here are a few cat breeds with long or short hair that are known to have this characteristic.
1. Siberian cat: the most hypoallergenic cat breed
Even though the Siberian cat has a long and luxurious coat, they produce the least amount of Fel d 1 protein of any known breed. Therefore, being in contact with this cat breed’s hair is safe for sensitive people. This cat breed is known for its docility and loyalty. Furthermore, they are sociable and playful, making them a perfect cat for families with children or people with allergies.
2. Balinese cat, talkative and playful
Balinese cats do not produce much Fel d 1 protein in their saliva. In addition, they shed very little hair, because they do not have down. They are suitable for people with allergies. This cat breed is very affectionate, talkative, loves to play and quickly gets attached to their master. Known for not liking solitude, the Balinese cat needs an owner who is not absent for long.
3. Javanese cat, affectionate and sociable
This cat breed is also known not to produce a large amount of the allergenic protein Fel d 1. It is important to know that the Javanese cat is independent and prefers calm environments. Also, solitude does not bother this cat breed. With that being said, the Javanese cat is affectionate and sociable. Lastly, they are perfectly suitable for active people.
4. Bengal cat, a true domesticated wildcat
The Bengal cat is elegant and looks sort of like a leopard cat. Unsurprisingly, the Bengal is ranked among the most beautiful cats. With their short hair that sheds very little, they rarely cause allergies. In addition, they are affectionate, sociable and love to play. They are also very intelligent, curious, and friendly. However, they should not be left alone outside as they have a tendency to run away.
5. Devon Rex, a quirky cat with big ears
This friendly and cuddly cat does not like solitude. The Devon Rex likes to always be at the center of their owner’s attention. As they are adapted to people who are not very absent, they produces a low quantity of Fel d 1. It is important to know that this cat breed also sheds little, which limits the spread of the allergenic protein they produce. This hypoallergenic cat likes to be petted and loves to snuggle with loved ones.
6. Burmese cat, sociable and calm
The Burmese cat is a short-haired cat breed. They are very sociable, calm and, easy to live with. Their coat does not require a particular maintenance.
7. Russian Blue, elegant and friendly
Russian Blues are elegant cats with a blue-silver coat. They are friendly, easy-going and playful. In addition, they enjoy company and love to be petted. They only produce a small amount of the glycoprotein that causes cat allergies. Furthermore, their fur is double layered, which traps the protein on their skin and prevents it from spreading.
Cat breeds that are hypoallergenic because of their coat
Cats with thick or curly hair are less likely to cause allergies. They shed less, which means that the spread of the Fel d 1 protein is reduced. However, you should avoid petting or brushing them a lot if you are allergic. Also, saliva may be present on their coat.
8. Cornish Rex, a clever and mischievous breed
The Cornish Rex has a very short, curly, and soft coat. They don’t leave much hair around them or in their path. This is great because the Cornish Rex loves to follow their owner and tends to be very attached to them. They are also agile, active and intelligent.
9. LaPerm, curious and affectionate
The LaPerm has curly hairs that shed very little. They are fun, friendly, and are great companions. They also know how to take care of themselves when their owner is absent and they prefer to stay indoors.
10. Siamese cat, Siam’s sacred creatures
Siamese cats have a strong character. They are energetic, intelligent, talkative and cuddly. In addition, they shed less than other cat breeds. For this reason, there is less chance that they will cause an allergy.
11. Oriental Shorthair, a colorful cousin of the Siamese
This cat has short, fine hair that sheds moderately. They are very elegant, cuddly and active by nature. They are also more talkative than other cat breeds.
12. Ocicat, an athletic breed reminiscent of the ocelot
Smaller than the Bengal cat, this cat breed looks like a leopard or an ocelot. These cats are intelligent, shed little and like to stay by their owner’s side. They are affectionate, friendly and get along well with other cats.
13. Colorpoint Shorthair, a very intelligent blue-eyed cat breed
The Colorpoint Shorthair was created by crossbredding the Siamese with the American Shorthair. This cat is originally from Thailand, has a short coat, and stunning blue almond eyes. The breed is currently only recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Sphynx cat: falsely considered 100% hypoallergenic
The Sphynx is a hairless cat. For this reason, many people believe it is the perfect breed for people with cat allergies. However, this cat breed produces allergens in its saliva and has a habit of licking itself to groom itself. These allergens might cause you to have allergic reactions if you are sensitive.
A few precautions to take before adopting a hypoallergenic cat
Being allergic to cats does not mean that you have to give up on them forever. It just means that you should probably adopt a hypoallergenic cat breed instead. It is important to note, however, that no cat breed is 100% hypoallergenic. Allergic reactions can also vary from person to person. Thus, while some people might tolerate the above-mentioned cats, others might continue to have allergies. If you are interested in adopting a cat, it is best to test how sensitive you are to hypoallergenic cat breeds before you adopt one. You can visit a cat breeder to find out. If no allergy symptoms appear after several visits, you should be able to adopt a new companion without worrying about your cat allergies.
What if I am allergic to my cat?
If, despite your best efforts, you notice that your cat is causing you allergies, it is best to have someone else brush your cat. The same goes for cleaning up after your cat. We also recommend that you do not let your cat enter your bedroom or climb into your bed. If possible, install carpets in your rooms that don’t retain hair. In addition to all of this, try to have your living spaces cleaned regularly.