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Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

 

Want to adopt a cat, but suffer from allergies? Maybe you’ve tried coping by taking antihistamines, and have a HEPA air filter in your home. You may have even heard the term “hypoallergenic pet” but not know it applies to cats.

Some feline breeds exist that are considered “hypoallergenic” or low allergy cats. This is because they produce fewer allergens than others. Cats do produce pet dander, a common allergen, but the culprit for the estimated 10 percent of the population who are allergic to cats may be a protein, Fel d 1, that is present in cat saliva.

Technically, there are no 100 percent hypoallergenic domestic cats or cats that are completely non-allergenic. All cats produce some amount of dander, so you won’t find a dander or allergen-free cat. However, there are breeds that produce less of it and therefore make good cats for people with allergies. The following list of “hypoallergenic” cats is a guideline which petMD recommends for people who want to adopt a feline, yet feel options are limited due to allergies:

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Hypoallergenic Cats That Shouldn’t Make You Sneeze

Looking for a cool cat that won’t inflame your allergies? Take a look at these five amazing mostly hypoallergenic breeds.

Even if you suffer from dander allergies, fear not! You can still be a proud cat owner. Although no cat is totally hypoallergenic, these felines shouldn’t have you sneezing up a storm or wiping away tears from itchy, watery eyes.

Balinese-Javanese

Balinese-Javanese are known for their beautiful, flowing fur. They have a soft, silky, coat, which adheres to their slender bodies and cuts down on shedding. The lack of an undercoat also reduces the likelihood of matting. These longhaired cats’ elegant looks are capped off by a luxurious, long, plumed tail. Adding a Balinese-Javanese to your family will make you a proud cat owner for years to come, since this healthy, robust breed can live up to 20 years!

Cornish Rex

In addition to their bat ears and big oval eyes, Cornish Rexes have a soft, short, wavy coat, the most striking feature of the breed. This considerably hypoallergenic cat breed sheds very little with curls beginning at their eyebrows and extending all over their body. However, don’t be fooled by the breed’s elegant, dainty appearance. Their athletic bodies help them climb, leap, and sprint to amazing heights, fueling the kitten-like antics that last throughout their life span.

Devon Rex

With impish looks and a playful personality, the Devon Rex is known as the pixie of the cat world. Their thin, curly coat doesn’t shed much, making the Devon Rex a low-maintenance breed. Their fur is warm to the touch and feels like soft suede, so the Devon Rex makes an ideal lap cat. Outgoing and friendly, these cats are social butterflies. Devon Rexes are delightful and silly in their antics, serving as a constant source of entertainment.

Siberian

Radiating a majestic appearance, the Siberian is a robust, substantial cat with a rounded, contoured body and clown-like personality. The Siberian is slow to mature, taking up to five years to fully develop. In the winter, their thick, water-repellant, multiple-layered coat protects them from the cold, but in the summer, Siberians shed down to a shorter, sparser coat.

Sphynx

Known as the wrinkly, hairless cat, Sphynx have warm, leather-like skin covered by a fine down that feels like peach fuzz. Weekly sponge baths rid their loose skin of excess oil and keep their minimal dander at bay, making the breed well-accepted by allergy sufferers. Because Sphynx don’t have a coat to keep them warm, they tend to cozy up on your lap or snuggle with you under the covers, hence earning them the nickname “Velcro lap cats.”

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Hypoallergenic Cats

Want to adopt a cat, but suffer from allergies? Maybe you’ve tried coping by taking antihistamines, and have a HEPA air filter in your home. You may have even heard the term “hypoallergenic pet” but not know it applies to cats.

 

Some feline breeds exist that are considered “hypoallergenic,” or produce fewer allergens than others. Cats do produce pet dander, a common allergen, but the culprit for the estimated 10 percent of the population who are allergic to cats may be a protein, Fel d 1, that is present in cat saliva.

 

Technically, there are no 100 percent hypoallergenic domestic cats. The following is a guideline which petMD recommends for people who want to adopt a feline, yet feel options are limited due to allergies:

 

 

Diana Ruth Davidson, Chief Pet Officer and Managing Nanny, Westside Dog Nanny

We offer pet services such as:  Pet Sitting,  In-Home Dog Boarding, Dog Walking, Overnights in your home, Doggie Day Care.

Diana@WestsideDogNanny.com
310 919 9372

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