Just because you have allergies does not mean that you can’t enjoy the company of a cat. There are many different cat breeds in existence, and some of them have hypoallergenic-like qualities that make it possible for people with allergies to enjoy their company. Keep in mind that no cat is truly hypoallergenic, and they all produce allergens through their skin, fur, and saliva.
However, some cats do have qualities that make them more allergen-friendly than others. If you are allergic to cats yet would love to have one as a pet of your own, consider adopting one of the following hypoallergenic cat breeds.
1. Oriental Shorthair
These cats are not technically hypoallergenic, but they produce less hair shedding and dander than the typical cat breed does. This cat’s fine, short hair sheds only lightly, and they do not produce much dander to worry about. Daily combing and an occasional bath may keep this cat hair-free enough for allergic humans to spend time with.
These cats rarely shed and leave hair behind, which makes them a great pet option for those who suffer from allergies. They are also considered to produce low amounts of dander, which is a big factor when it comes to cats triggering allergic reactions in humans. They also tend to produce less of the feline d1 protein that is known to cause allergies.
While the Balinese cat has long hair, they seem to produce low amounts of allergens, just like short, sleek-haired cats do. They also happen to shed less than most cats, which not only benefits those with allergies but also makes cleanup easy. Their long hair does not typically develop tangles either, which makes them easy to groom.
4. Cornish Rex
The reason that this cat breed is considered hypoallergenic to humans is that they release little dander and few allergens. They also happen to shed lightly throughout the year, although shedding tends to get heavier during the summer months. All in all, this is a cat that any allergic person should consider adding to their household.
5. Devon Rex
This may sound like a dog breed, but the Devon Rex is all cat. These intelligent cats originated in England sometime in the 1950s. They have short, thin coats that rarely shed and produce little dander. Despite their coat’s thinness, these cats are super soft and cuddly, making them excellent snuggle partners during movie time or at night while sleeping.
One big reason these cats make good pets for humans with allergies is that that they do have any hair. Therefore, they do not shed and the dander that they produce is minimal. These are not the softest cats while cuddling, but they are loving and affectionate. They love sleeping under the covers in the bed at night with their human family members.
7. Russian Blue
These cats shed and produce dander just like most other cat breeds, but they produce little Fel d1, which is a chemical known for causing allergic reactions in humans. These adorable cats are fluffy and typically look chubby, although they are not. They typically have round cheeks, pointy ears, and outgoing personalities.
The Bengal has a thin, fine coat that sheds often but lightly. They produce little dander, so the hair that is shed does not typically bother those who suffer from allergies if the hairs are cleaned up regularly. These cats have an exotic look, and they require little grooming maintenance as they age. Bengal cats are also independent and easy for people with busy schedules to take care of.
Although these cats are long-haired and tend to shed frequently, they are considered hypoallergenic because they produce only a small amount of the Fel d1 chemical known to cause allergic reactions. Those with severe allergic reactions to cats may not be able to handle this long-haired cat, but those with moderate reactions should find this breed suitable as a roommate.
Ocicats tend to produce low amounts of dander and shed little throughout the year. What is unique about these cats is that they require little to no grooming, and they should not need to be cleaned up after to minimize hair shedding around the house.
These hypoallergenic cat breeds can bring relief to those who have allergies to felines. Depending on the extent of allergies that a person has, some of these cat breeds may or may not be suitable. It is a good idea to visit each breed in person to see if any allergic reactions develop.
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