Allergic to cats? You can live together with these 5 cats! Are you allergic to cats, but still want to share your home with them? Below we list some hypoallergenic cat breeds that can move in with you without causing spontaneous sneezes.
Note: No (breed) cat is 100% anti-allergenic, but certain characteristics of these breeds ensure that allergic people react less or hardly to it.
What is a hypoallergenic cat?
A hypoallergenic cat is a cat that produces less allergic reactions in humans and is therefore considered hypoallergenic. The word ‘hypo’ is a Greek preposition and means ‘less’. About 10% of the population has a cat allergy. 90% of these are allergic to the protein Fel D1.
Sphynx or naked cat
The Sphynx is an intelligent and playful animal, very suitable for allergy victims. Why? The breed barely has any hair and does not need to lick its coat, which prevents the allergy-inducing saliva from spreading.
But don’t get caught: this cat breed also still produces the Fel D1 protein. Fortunately, she loses very little of this protein due to the lack of hair.
The Siberian Cat
You might not expect it from these fluffy semi-longhaired specimens, but the Siberian is the number one hypoallergenic cat.
Did you know that many people with a cat allergy are not allergic to their hair, but to the proteins in their saliva (Fel D4) and in their dander (Fel D1)? When those substances get into the coat and your body comes into contact with it, you get itching and tightness.
The Siberian cat is therefore ideal for allergy victims because it produces the allergenic substance in the saliva much less than other (even short-haired) cat breeds.
If you choose a Siberian cat, you still have the choice between all kinds of color variants.
The Bengal has a short-haired, thick coat. This requires less cleaning time, so less saliva, and fewer allergens! Hair loss is also kept to a minimum. It is not entirely clear whether the Bengal also produces less Fel D1.
The Devon Rex is related to the Cornish Rex, but is lighter in color and has fewer curls, a smaller body and even less hair (and therefore hair loss) than its companion.
Striking details with the Devon Rex are the big ears and the wavy (and limited) coat. Like the Cornish Rex, this breed is, therefore, more sensitive to the cold. So keep this in mind when you get a Rex at home!
Most cat breeds have three coats of coat: an outer coat, a middle coat, and a fluffy undercoat. The Cornish Rex has only one: a very soft undercoat, which sheds less and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. A must for allergic cat friends!