7 Hypoallergenic Cats
Are you more of a cat person than a dog person? Wanted to foster a cat but never got to? Always wanted a cat but couldn’t because when you’re around one, you can’t stop sneezing and your eyes water? This is also known as: allergies to cats. Here are a couple of breeds that are hypoallergenic. “Hypoallergenic” is a term that means low allergen; it is not synonymous with non-allergenic, and no breed is completely non-allergenic.
The protein Fel D1 is the allergen in cat saliva that causes the problem for allergy sufferers. Once a cat licks his/her coat, the allergen-laden saliva dries and then becomes airborne, seeking a new home in your sinuses. Some cat breeds do produce less of this protein that others, thus making them hypoallergenic. Here are a few breeds that are hypoallergenic.
Three breeds that are hypoallergenic have Oriental ancestry lines: the Balinese, Oriental Shorthair, and the Javanese.
This breed is often referred to as the “long-haired Siamese,” and the Balinese looks like an unlikely candidate to be a hypoallergenic cat. However, it is one of the few breeds that produce less of the Fel D1 protein than other cats; hence it causes fewer allergic reactions which is why it’s considered to be hypoallergenic.
- Oriental Shorthair
Although these cats are hypoallergenic, it is a good idea to groom your Oriental frequently as to keep dander to a minimum.
Like the Balinese, the Javanese has a medium-long single coat that does not mat. Due to the lack of an undercoat, they have less fur which means that they will cause fewer allergies.
- Devon Rex
Out of the two “Rex” breeds that are on the list, the Devon cats have less fur and shorter fur. Your Devon Rex will need to have its paw pads and ears cleaned of oil build-up frequently, however that doesn’t mean this breed needs full baths like the Sphynx or Cornish Rex cats do.
- Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex requires more upkeep than the Devon breed because they require frequent baths to keep the oil buildup on their skin to a minimum.
These last two cat breeds allow you to make a decision between furry or hairless.
The hairless Sphynx breed is the cat most often associated with being hypoallergenic. However, just because they do not have hair does not mean that they are maintenance free. Your Sphynx will require consistent baths to remove the gummy buildup of oils on its skin as well as its large ears needing frequent cleanings as well.
Like the Balinese breed, Siberian cats have a moderately long coat, yet it is still hypoallergenic because of the lower-than-average enzyme levels within their saliva. Some claim that 75 percent of those that suffer from cat allergies do not have an allergic reaction to a Siberian cat.
If you know any more cats that may be considered hypoallergenic, share them with us in the comments below. Interested in adopting? A hypoallergenic cat may be just up your alley. Mark your calendars for our adoption event in October!
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