Especially if you really want a kitty companion only to find out that you’re allergic to cats. However, there are some hypoallergenic cat breeds that are completely safe for people with allergies.
According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, between 6 and 10 million Americans are allergic to cats or other pets.
What makes a cat hypoallergenic?
Well, hypoallergenic cats simply make fewer allergens than other cats. These breeds are not non-allergenic, in fact, you need to understand that no cat breed is completely non-allergenic.
That being out of the way, let’s begin, shall we?
- Javanese: The Javanese is a medium-long single coat cat that doesn’t mat. The cat lacks an undercoat which means that they have less fur which translates into fewer allergens.
- Balinese: These are often called “long-haired Siamese,” and look like an unlikely candidate for a hypoallergenic cat, but it is one of the few breeds that produce less of the Fel D1 protein than other cats, thus causing fewer allergic reactions in allergy sufferers.
- Oriental Shorthair: These are hypoallergenic cats, but it’s still a good practice to groom them frequently by brushing as well as wiping them down to keep dander to a minimum.
- Cornish Rex: These cats need more upkeep because they need frequent baths to mitigate the oil buildup on his skin
- Devon Rex: The Devon has short and less fur. Your Devon Rex will need to have her paw pads and ears cleaned of oil build-up frequently.
Which cat do you think is the best for you out of all of them? Let us know in the comments…
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