Many people who like cats are unfortunately unable to get one because they are allergic to them but some cats are hypoallergenic and, therefore, have a less severe effect. With one of these cat breeds, good flea pills for cats, and an efficient brush to tackle the issue of cat hair, pretty much anyone can enjoy the company of these distinguished pets. Read on and discover some of the most popular hypoallergenic cat breeds.
What Causes Cat Allergies and Why Don’t Hypoallergenic Cats Have This Effect?
These cats have a more mild effect on people who suffer from allergies than their ‘normal’ counterparts. There are no breeds of cats that are absolutely devoid of risks for people who have an allergy to this species. However, a person who doesn’t suffer from a severe allergy could get along quite well with a hypoallergenic cat.
Hypoallergenic cat breeds are suitable even for persons who suffer from allergies because they produce fewer allergens such as dander which is eliminated through hair shed. Also, the main reason why some people are allergic to cats is actually the fact that these animals’ skin produces a certain type of protein called Fel d 1.
Additionally, another protein called Fel d 4 which can be found in the cat’s saliva is an allergenic factor. A hypoallergenic cat breed usually sheds less hair and, therefore, decreases the effects a regular one has on an allergic person. Before you decide to buy or adopt a cat of this kind, you should try to spend a few days with it to see if living together is actually feasible.
Without further ado, let’s see what type of cats you can choose from if you or someone in your family suffers from an allergy.
Although this cat has quite a fur, it is one of the hypoallergenic species as its hair is short. The Russian Blue is easy to recognize due to its grey/bluish coat and its green eyes. This cat has a peculiar mouth which gives the impression that it is smiling. It does not produce a lot of Del d1 proteins which makes it a good choice for allergic people. The Russian Blue is a quiet and independent cat that loves to be in the presence of its close human friends.
Sphynx cats have started to gain more popularity nowadays. These apparently hairless cats actually have their bodies covered with a very thin layer of hair. This is why, when you touch such a cat, it feels nice and soft. Nonetheless, since it doesn’t have an actual coat like other cats, it is a perfect choice for allergic people.
This cat has an athletic body, with strong muscles. Its skin can be wrinkled on the shoulders and head. The Sphynx has a large chest, strong legs, and large paw pads, and an elegant and slender tail that has, in some cases, a little bit of hair at the end. The Sphynx thrives on human attention and loves to receive affection. It is a fun-loving and energetic cat but at the same time, a well-behaved one.
The Balinese is also one of those breeds that have a lower level of Fel d1 in its saliva, which makes it a good choice for those who suffer from allergies. This cat has a silky and dense coat. Its hair is long but doesn’t shed a lot. Besides its lush coat, this cat’s highlight is the fact that it has amazing blue eyes.
The Balinese has large ears, long and plumed tails, and slim legs. These cats can have a large variety of colors including caramel cream, chocolate, and apricot. These are very playful furry friends that can prove to be an excellent remedy to loneliness. They love being in the center of attention and they are quite talkative.
The Bengal cat is no different from any normal, non-hypoallergenic cat in terms of protein production. Nonetheless, it does have short hair which allows it to be included on our list. Since it doesn’t have long hair, it doesn’t need to care for it that often. Therefore, there’s a lower quantity of saliva in its coat, which means lower chances to feel allergic to it.
The Bengal cat is a medium or large breed, with strong musculature and a coat that can come in different patterns (marbled, spotted). These cats usually pick one favorite person and become very attached to that special one. The Bengal will not cuddle in your lap all day, as they are quite active, but will show signs of affection when they are not too busy playing or roaming.
The Javanese only have the top hair coat, while most cats also have the down hair layer or the underlayer. These are medium-sized cats. They are very similar to Siamese cats. They have very large ears and almond-shaped eyes. Their bodies are tubular, and the legs are long. These cats differ from Siamese and Balinese as they have point colors on their bodies that are lynx, red, or cream.
This is a beautiful and very well-behaved cat. It is often praised for its intelligence and willingness to listen to its owner. These cats often look at people directly and meow as an answer to what someone is saying. They are a perfect choice for people who really need company or families with children. Moreover, these cats are not difficult to train.
This elegant and exotic cat belongs to the Siamese class. It has a long head and long pointed ears. Its deep eyes are almond-shaped. The Oriental cat is easily recognized by its slender body. These cats have very short hair and don’t shed a lot. They come in more than 300 color tones and patterns.
From a personality standpoint, the Oriental is quite a sociable cat. It loves to give and receive love and they also have the habit of communicating with their owners. So do expect this cat to welcome you with a long and loud meow when you get home from work.
The body of a Cornish Rex is only provided with the bottom undercoat. Consequently, it has a lot less hair to shed and poses fewer risks for people with cat allergies. The Cornish Rex is a slender and elegant cat. It has a small and cute head, a rounded forehead, big ears, oval eyes that can be green, gold or brown, and high cheekbones.
This cat has muscular legs and thighs which enable it to jump high. The Cornish Rex have another distinguishable feature which is their wavy and soft coat. They come in different colors such as black, red, white, cream, blue, chocolate and numerous patterns.
The Cornish Rex are intelligent and intuitive cats. They love being in the center of attention and often perform tricks to impress their owners. These lap-cats love to cuddle and also to follow their owner around the house.
The Devon Rex belongs to the same family as the Cornish Rex. The difference is that this cat’s hair is shorter, which means you will have to deal with even less hair shed. This cat too has large ears, high cheekbones, and wavy hair. Its coat comes in a wide variety of colors including black, cinnamon, white, blue, red, and lavender.
Devon Rex cats can be trained pretty easily. These are calm cats that won’t destroy anything if you leave them alone for a couple of hours per day. Therefore, they are ideal for someone who works a lot and is away for long periods. However, once people are around, these cats do let their emotions show and require love and attention.
You might be surprised that the Siberian is included in this hypoallergenic cat list as it has a thick and long double coat. Nonetheless, those who have mild allergies can easily share their house and life with a Siberian cat as this breed’s saliva produces reduced amounts of Fel d 1. These are medium and large cats which are quite eye-catching due to their long fluffy fur and big paws.
They have large and oval-shaped eyes that can have different colors (caramel, cinnamon or chocolate). Siberians are active cats and they are well-known for their ability to jump very high. As far as personality traits are concerned, it’s worth mentioning that these are very affectionate cats that love to be around their owner, receive attention and play with them.
Cats are great companions who also have a high degree of independence. They are the perfect pet for people who don’t have a lot of time, but also for those who stay at home a lot and need a friend. If you suffer from an allergy, you shouldn’t let this prevent you from getting a cat as there are plenty of hypoallergenic breeds you can choose from.