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Hypoallergenic Cats: 13 Hypoallergenic Breeds

Your family dreams of having a furry friend but some of you are allergic to cats? It doesn’t mean you can’t have one – there are several so-called ‘hypoallergenic’ breeds. They provoke allergic reactions and sensitivity less often but still they may require hypoallergenic cat food.

Are they 100% non-allergic?

Not exactly. Before we get down to describing 13 hypoallergenic cat breeds, we should find out what exactly triggers allergic reactions. Cat’s saliva contains a protein called Fel D1 – this is what forces histamine receptors in the human body to react. Sneezing, itching, skin reddening, and even asthma are among the most common reactions caused by this protein.

However, some cat breeds produce it in smaller amounts than others, which makes them ‘more’ hypoallergenic. They are proven to be safer for people with sensitivities, and, good news: most of them are short-haired which simplifies maintenance. 

Claudine Sievert, DVM

Without further ado, let’s check 13 best non-allergic cat breeds.

1. Sphynx

Probably, this cat breed would come first to your mind when you think about hypoallergenic cat breeds. Is it about the absence of hair? Yes, since there’s no fur to trap the allergens in the saliva, you can strike and hug these cute bald monsters without worries.


2. Bengal

Low-maintenance fur is what makes this cat breed hypoallergenic, not the reduced amount of protein in their saliva. Besides, the cat is easier to care about and doesn’t require frequent washing.


3. Oriental Shorthair

Presented in various colors, these big-eared cats have very little hair. Their fur is short so it doesn’t get spread all over the house with allergens.


4. Russian Blue

Like the above-mentioned oriental, Russian Blue has pretty short hair. This breed is valued for its generous blue/grey coat – it shines but does not require much maintenance.


5. Balinese

You don’t like short-haired pets? Then consider taking a Balinese cat. This breed has medium to long hairs, however, it is still considered to be hypoallergenic. It is all about the reduced amount of Fel D1 protein in her saliva. 


6. Cornish Rex/Devon Rex

Cornish Rex is not just a short-haired beauty – it sheds very little fur because it has only the undercoat layer (it’s called the down hair). Alternatively, you can opt for Devon Rex – this breed has even shorter and less hair. 


7. LaPerm

These cats have a curly coat and remind of sheep. They shed much less than other breeds, which means less allergic reactions and less cleaning. 


8. Javanese

Like Devon Rex and Cornish, Javanese cats have only one layer of coat instead of three like their usual peers. Instead of the down hair, it has only the top layer. 


9. Siamese

Siamese cats have long been known as hypoallergenic cats since they’ve got less fur. Besides, the hairs are short which means you won’t need to waste hours maintaining the cat’s appearance and cleanliness of your home. This cat is suitable for people with sensitivity to allergens – they do not develop typical symptoms living side-by-side with this breed.


10. Ocicat

Those are distant relatives of the Siamese cats, which means they have the same benefits. Their short and rare fur does not require much maintenance and they don’t shed much. When it comes to their appearance, it mostly reminds of the Bengal cats, but Ocicats are smaller in size. This is a highly sociable and intelligent breed that can be trained easier. Ocicat can even be walked on a leash. Thus, it’s a very amiable and hypoallergenic pet that can become friends with the entire family. 


11. Burmese

These sand-colored cats have short and very silky hair, as well as majestic golden eyes. They are friendly and kind to humans, being closer to dogs in their behavior. Also, these cats emit fewer allergens. A perfect choice for families with kids!


12.Colorpoint Shorthair

This is a breed that derived from the Siamese cats: to be more precise, it appeared after the cross of the Siamese with the American Shorthair breed. Thus, it has less hair and sheds much less than other cats. You should consider this cat if you have symptoms of allergy with long-haired breeds. These cats are very vocal and sociable, so they can be recommended to both families and single people. 


13. Siberian

Surprisingly, these cats with very long hair are not as allergic as they seem to be. Most probably, it’s because of a lower amount of Fel D1 protein contained in their saliva. Such cats are a true find for people fond of true feline beauty – they look gorgeous (and might be devoted friends, too).

Allergy to cats is a reason to deny yourself the joy of having a pet around. As many as 13 hypoallergenic cat breeds are waiting for their human parents. It’s easy to pick one based on its appearance and character.


That’s all for today! If you have any other breeds that could be added to this list or questions/suggestions – please, let me know in comments!

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