Have you ever wondered if there is such a thing as hypoallergenic cats?
If you are someone battling allergies all your life but loves cats anyway and daydreams about bringing home a fur-iendly pet one day, do not lose hope! We've searched high and low to give you the recommendation that might solve your purr-problems!
Oh well, to set the record straight, there aren't really 100% hypoallergenic domestic cats. But there are definitely cat breeds that are less likely to give you those nasty allergic reactions when they are around you. Cat allergies are commonly caused by the proteins (called Fel D1) in a cat's urine and saliva, which are also found in dander - the dry flakes of skin found in the fur. Unfortunately, exposure to these allergens can also trigger asthma to some people.
So without further ado, let's get to know these hypoallergenic cat breeds we've compiled just for you (in random order).
1. The Balinese - This breed is one of the perfect candidates for allergy sufferers because they are known to produce less Fel-D1 potein from their saliva compared to other cats. And look just how gorgeous they are!Their amazing characteristics will melt your heart, too!
2. The Siberian - This breed is also worth looking into! They can be expensive, yes, but we've heard a couple of feedback from owners who have lived with the Siberian in perfect harmony. As a matter of fact, a friend once noted that this breed makes the perfect pet!
3. The Bengal - Although the Bengals aren't really known for producing less Fel-D1 protein, they still make it to the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Cats for these reasons - their fur contains less allergen-rich saliva, their coats are made of uniquely fine pelts which also makes shedding significantly lesser compared to other breeds. The Bengals have only one short tight layer of hair, so frequent grooming won't be necessary.
4. The Burmese - Aside from being known as extremely people-oriented, the Burmese breed also gets a thumbs up for being hypoallergenic. Their coat is generally shorter and solid-coloured with subtle colour variations.
5. The Cornish Rex- Often referred to as the "Greyhounds" of the feline world because of their distinctive, no-fur look and gallop-like running, the Cornish Rex also makes a good candidate for people with allergies for obvious reasons.
6. The Devon Rex- According to some of our fellow cat-loving friends, a significant number of people with allergies were reported to have had quite a success living with the Devon Rex cat. Although allergic reactions may vary from person to person, this breed is worth taking the shot! But of course, we highly suggest that you do your own research carefully and weigh the pros and cons before bringing this kitten home.
7. The Sphynx - This breed is often recommended by some breeders as a better option for people with allergies simply because they don’t deposit allergen-laden hair. The Sphynx, however, may require frequent bathing to keep their skin clean and remove oils that usually build up.
8. The Russian Blue- True to its name, this breed naturally comes from Russia. The Russian Blue cat's dense double coat protect people from allergens because it traps more allergens close to the cat's skin, preventing us from inhaling them.
9. The Javanese- The Javanese breed is also known for producing less allergens because it lacks an undercoat which makes it a viable choice for your home.
10. The Oriental Shorthair- According to reports, the Oriental Shorthair cat breed triggers very little to completely no allergies to people who normally get allergic reactions. Yay! Look at this cutie!
Now that we have shortlisted the following hypoallergenic cat breeds, it is time to do your own research and hopefully, it will give you enough conviction in choosing the best kitten for your family. And whatever your decision is, give us feedback and let us know which breed you end up choosing and WHY.
As always, we would love to hear from you!