Cats are incredibly cute, soft, and cuddly. So it only makes sense that you want to run out and adopt a feline friend RIGHT MEOW!
But if you are within the 10% of the population with cat-related allergies you might be thinking that this is not an option for you. Well, we are here to tell you there is still hope!
Before we talk about hypoallergenic cat breeds, let’s delve into what causes your cat allergies in the first place. Most people’s allergic reaction to cats is triggered by a protein called Fel D1, which is actually found for the most part in the cat’s saliva. This protein is transferred to the fur when cats groom themselves. Eventually, the Fel D1 dries off and becomes airborne, triggering people’s allergies.
Hypoallergenic cats are felines that typically produce less allergens than regular cats, however they still produce some allergens. So, we recommend that you visit your preferred allergist and discuss a treatment to control your allergies before purchasing or adopting a cat.
Below you will find the 4 most recommended hypoallergenic cat breeds:
This little guy’s pelts require much less grooming than other breeds, therefore they don’t groom themselves as often and so their fur contains less Fel D1. They also don’t shed much.
Devon Rex cats only have an undercoat of soft, wavy hair, which makes them shed less than other cats.
With all that long fur, it seems unlikely that these guys are hypoallergenic, right? The truth is that Siberians produce less Fel D1 protein than regular cats. In fact, a significant amount of people with allergies have reported to have no symptoms at all around Siberians.
As the name reveals, hairless Sphynx do not have any fur to trap all that Fel D1 and therefore do not spread this protein nearly as much as other cat breeds.
If you are ready to become a lucky cat’s human, visit Dr. Pasha to talk about a way to control your allergies around your new furry friend.