Whether you’ve been allergic to cats your whole life or have recently developed it, your pet ownership does not have to be hindered because of it.
You can still have a bunch of furry friends running around despite your allergies.
Most people believe they are allergic to cat hair itself.
However, allergic reactions to cats and most animals are actually due to proteins that are secreted from their skin and are also present in their saliva. These are Fel D1 and Fel D4 proteins.
If you’ve always dreamed of having a kitty (or five) but have never been able to due to your own allergies or your partner’s, read on for the top ten cats for people with allergies!
Best Cats For People With Allergies
The Sphynx cat is one of the most popular cats for people with allergies. The allergenic proteins released by this breed’s skin can’t get trapped in their fur since they don’t have any. Thus, they won’t foster any of the allergens that affect you.
2. Cornish Rex
Most cats have three layers of hair. This one, however, only has the bottom layer, meaning they have a lot less hair than other cat breeds. This allows less of the protein to remain on their fur, making it less likely to produce allergic reactions in humans.
3. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex’s fur follows the same pattern as the Cornish Rex’s. They both only possess undercoats.
However, the Devon Rex has even less hair, meaning they are even less likely to cause allergic reactions.
4. Russian Blue
If you’re allergic to the Fel D1 protein, this is the breed for you.
Although they have more hair than the previous two breeds of cats, they don’t secrete the Fel D1 protein in as many quantities as other breeds, qualifying them as hypoallergenic.
This hypoallergenic breed is similar to the Russian Blue.
Balinese cats do not produce as much of the Fel D1 protein either, making it the perfect breed for people who are allergic to this specific protein.
Although this breed of cat may seem like a nightmare for allergy sufferers because of their long, fluffy fur, they actually don’t produce as much Fel D1 protein as other breeds.
So if you like your friends to be furry, go for this one!
Although there is no scientific evidence that the Bengal breed produces small quantities of the Fel D1 protein, many owners claim that this breed is hypoallergenic.
They shed a lot less hair than most other breeds, making it less likely that these allergens become airborne.
Similar to the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex breeds, the Javanese breed only has one layer of hair. However, they only have the top layer, meaning they shed a lot less hair than these two breeds, making it a perfect option for people with allergies.
The curly nature of this breed’s hair makes it less likely that allergens become airborne, especially if the cat is kept well groomed.
10. Oriental Shorthair
This breed comes in over 300 colors, making it the most versatile option for people with allergies. Their hair is short and fine and they don’t shed nearly as much as other breeds, making them one of the best cats for people with allergies.
There exist a number of hypoallergenic cat breeds out there, you just have to look!
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