Top 10 Cat Breeds For People With Allergies
Whether you’ve always had them or they just developed (allergies can unfortunately appear at any time), an allergy to cats doesn’t have to mean life without one of these amazing furry companions.
All cats produce C, the protein on cat skin that most people are allergic to, but some cat breeds are less likely to aggravate allergies. This is often because they produce less Fel de 1 than other breeds, but there are other reasons such as a tendency towards increased grooming.
10 Best Cat Breeds for Pet Lovers With Allergies:
- Russian Blue
Distinguished by its light gray-blue short fur, the Russian Blue produces less Fel de 1 than most cat breeds. These cats are known for both their appearance and their fun-loving personalities. Their double coat is particularly suited to the outdoors in northern climates.
- Devon Rex
The Devon Rex’s fur is soft, short, and curly. Most of these cats are a gorgeous beige color, and they can also be distinguished by their massive ears. Their short fur means they don’t shed nearly as much as other breeds, making them an excellent choice for people with allergies. Devon Rex cats are also known for remaining playful kittens at heart, with energy rivaling that of some dogs. If you want a cat who will play with you for hours, the Devon Rex is perfect.
- Cornish Rex
A close relative of the Devon Rex, the Cornish Rex has darker coloring, somewhat curlier fur, and a larger body. They also only have one thin layer of down hair (most cats have two layers of fur to protect them from the cold) and will therefore shed much less than regular cats.
Bengals are a highly sought-after breed of cats closely resembling a miniature leopard. These cats have an intense amount of energy and require lots of space and playtime but their fur is uniquely short and fine, meaning that they shed less than other cats. They also spend a lot less time licking their fur, which means there will be less saliva (another common allergen) on it.
- Oriental Shorthair
Oriental Shorthairs come in over 300 different colors but can all be recognized by their short, fine coats of hair. These cats don’t shed much at all. With regular grooming they are an excellent choice for pet lovers with allergies.
Want a cat with a big shaggy coat that won’t send your allergies into overdrive? The Siberian produces less Fel de 1 than other cat breeds, including shorthaired cat breeds.
Like the Cornish Rex, the Javanese cat has only one coat of hair. The big difference is that Javanese cats have only a top layer of fur rather than an undercoat. This means even less shedding.
Sometimes called “the longhaired Siamese,” the Balinese has an incredibly luxurious coat that might deceive you into thinking it will make your allergies crazy. Yet these cats produce less Fel de 1 protein, making them less allergenic than even many shorthaired breeds.
These cats have an unusually curly coat which may help prevent the spread of dander, especially if the cat is regularly groomed.
The Sphynx is a type of hairless cat, which is highly appealing, but they aren’t necessarily the best option, depending on what you’re actually allergic to. For one thing, they still produce the Fel de 1 protein. They also require a fair bit of maintenance including regular baths to prevent the buildup of oils, and require regular cleanings of their rather large ears.
Living with allergies doesn’t have to mean living without cats; it just means being a lot more careful about which cats you bring home.
Andrew Forster is a qualified personal trainer with a passion for healthy living. He blogs about the latest health and nutrition trends at his health blog, NaturalHealthTrend.com.