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