Although cat allergies are twice as common as allergies to dogs, hypoallergenic cats do exist. However, while many people search for hypoallergenic dogs, cats are somewhat overlooked in this aspect. Firstly, we must bear in mind that any animal’s amount of fur has nothing to do with whether or not they are hypoallergenic – this is down to their saliva and the dander they leave behind. Your cat may have a very thick coat, but it won’t make you sneeze as long as they don’t shed. On the other hand, a different cat may have much less hair and yet shed more.
Anyway, let’s get to action: find out which breeds you can choose from, among the hypoallergenic cats! Meeeow! 🤧
5. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex has a very soft coat with short hair on their body, and an almost non-existent coat on their head. These medium-sized cats, also known as “pixie cats” or “alien cats” because of their appearance, almost don’t shed – which is the main reason why they feature in our top! It’s not the only reason, however – they are also great with children, and get along just fine with other pets. 😎
4. Siberian Cat
As previously mentioned, this is one of the cases where people may be fooled: yes, the fluffy Siberian is one of the best hypoallergenic cats! This happens because this very gentle cat produces less Fel D1 (a protein largely featured in cat saliva, which is the primary allergen) than a great deal of other cat breeds. Plus, some very sensible allergy sufferers reported that they didn’t sneeze, not even once (😮), when they were surrounded by Siberian cats in an experience. You didn’t see this one coming, did you? ☺️
3. Cornish Rex
This time, the reason why this very active cat is hypoallergenic relies on their coat. The majority of cats have three types of fur, which forms their coat: guard hair (outer layer), awn hair (middle layer) and down hair (undercoat). As these guys have a very soft undercoat, they shed less than others and, of course, this makes of them one of the top choices on hypoallergenic cats!
Just like the Cornish Rexes, Bengals also hide their “hypoallergenic secret” behind their “Leopard-borrowed” coat: they shed very little. In addition, as they have less fur, they don’t groom themselves multiples time per day, which means they don’t spread their saliva throughout their body! You might be amazed at their majestic aspect just by watching the photo above, but you should stop looking at it – otherwise, you may start considering splashing $2,000 on this fabulous cat breed… At Findster, we think pet adoption is the way to go! 🤗
“Look, how can a fuzzy fellow like this be one of the best hypoallergenic cats to raise?” – the answer is, because the Balinese also produces much less of the Fel D1 protein than usual (like the Siberian). This will be a good choice for people who like the Siamese look, as they’re very similar – in fact, Balinese cats are basically long-haired Siamese!
Were you able to read this article in full without sneezing? Don’t forget you can still live together with your allergenic cat and look for medicine that will calm your allergies down – everything’s possible! Wanna share a tip with our community? Leave it on the commentary box! 👇