14 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

by Denise Lessard December 18, 2014 4 min read

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14 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds


You’d love to have a cat but you, your spouse or kids are allergic to cats. No worries, you can still adopt a cat. You may have heard of “hypoallergenic” cats. That does not mean that they are all 100% allergen free. That just doesn’t exist. Perhaps, they are proven to reduce allergic reactions by a lot.


What makes them hypoallergenic? They are called hypoallergenic because they produce lower allergens than the more common cats we know. There is a protein in cat’s saliva called Fel D1. This protein is what usually makes an allergic person take antihistamines, sneeze, have itchy eyes or even have an asthma attack. But the following 14 cat breeds produce less of this protein than others, which makes them hypoallergenic. Now you can go try to convince your family members that there are actually some hypoallergenic cats out there!


 

ORIENTAL SHORTHAIR

Oriental Shorthairs are short haired and shed very little hair. 
ORIENTAL SHORTHAIR



CORNISH REX

Very good cat for allergy sufferers since they shed very little because they possess only the undercoat layer called the down hair. 
CORNISH REX



 

SPHYNX

This breed of cat is hairless. Therefore, they have no hair to trap the allergens in their saliva. 
SPHYNX


 

RUSSIAN BLUE

This is surprisingly a hypoallergenic cat. Even though he has some fur, he is still short haired. This breed is famous for his blue/grey colored coat that makes his coat shiny. 
RUSSIAN BLUE


 

BENGAL

What makes this breed hypoallergenic is not that it produces less of the protein that makes people allergic to cats, but it is their coats that make them hypoallergenic. Their coats require less maintenance, for that reason, their coats aren’t charged with as much saliva. 
BENGAL


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BALINESE

This cat breed produces less of the Fel D1 protein in his saliva, which makes him a good candidate for allergy sufferers. 
BALINESE


  

SIBERIAN

This is a great option for cat lovers who really prefer a long-haired cat. 
SIBERIAN


 

DEVON REX



Same family as the Cornish Rex, the Devon breed has less hair and shorter fur than the Cornish Rex. 
DEVON REX


 

JAVANESE

Javanese cats only have one of the three layers of coat that regular cats have, similar to the cornish and devon rexes. The difference is that this cat breed only has the top layer of coat that most cats have instead of the down hair. 
JAVANESE



LAPERM

Laperms shed a lot less than most cat breeds because of their curly textured coat. 
LAPERM

 

 

SIAMESE

The Siamese cat is considered a hypoallergenic cat. In fact, this usually very vocal kitty sheds much less than other cat breeds. Although its short hair can cause an allergic reaction, finding a lot less hair in the home really helps those people who are sensitive to feline allergens to not develop symptoms.

SIAMESE

 

 

BURMESE

The Burmese cats have short, very silky hair and are usually a color similar to sand. Other colors exist in this breed, but you will recognize it by its beautiful golden eyes. They are very fond of humans and some people find that their personality resembles that of a dog. They are also known to produce fewer allergens.

BURMESE

 

 

COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR

The Colorpoint Shorthair breed is a variant of Siamese cats, created from a cross of the Siamese with the American Shorthair breed. So, fortunately for allergic people, they share some of the characteristics of the Siamese. They are big chatterboxes and shed significantly less hair than other cat breeds. Your allergy symptoms will therefore be mild or absent if you choose a Colorpoint Shorthair.

COLORPOINT SHORTHAIR

 

 

OCICAT

The Ocicats. These leopard-like cats are also distant cousins of the Siamese. For the same reason previously mentioned above for their Siamese cousin, this breed is preferred for an allergic person who is looking for a feline friend. They look very similar to the Bengal cats, however, they are slightly smaller in size. They are sociable and intelligent cats who can even learn to follow you on a leash! They are therefore perfect hypoallergenic companions.

OCICAT

 

 

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Yes, there’s a kitty out there for just about everyone, even people with allergies! We hope that learning about hypoallergenic cats encourages you or a loved one find a new feline friend.

 

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24 Responses

Cat Exotica
Cat Exotica

February 09, 2024

I want to thank you for this informative post! Being a Persian cat enthusiast, I really appreciate learning about hypoallergenic breeds. This is crucial information for individuals who are allergic to cats and are looking for a potential feline companion. Your detailed insights make it easier to find the perfect cat. I’m looking forward to exploring more on your blog.

Cat Exotica
Cat Exotica

February 02, 2024

This blog provides valuable insights into hypoallergenic cat breeds, helping pet lovers with allergies make informed choices.

Zumalka
Zumalka

January 12, 2024

You’re very welcome, Cat Exotica !

Cat Exotica
Cat Exotica

January 12, 2024

I really appreciate the detailed explanation of hypoallergenic cat breeds. As somebody who is allergic to cats, this guide gives me hope about finding a furry companion. It’s informative and comprehensive, and it helps potential pet owners to choose allergy-friendly options. Thank you for providing this valuable resource.

Cat Exotica
Cat Exotica

October 27, 2023

I entirely loved this article on hypoallergenic cat breeds! It’s an informative and well-researched piece that presents treasured insights for all people searching to carry a cat into their home, in particular these with allergies. The unique descriptions of every hypoallergenic breed and the realistic suggestions for managing allergic reactions make this a go-to aid for cat lovers. Thank you for sharing this beneficial information!

Farrel
Farrel

October 10, 2022

I have had a Siberian (Russian Forest Cat) for 13 years now. I suffer from asthma, but with the use of Advair daily I am able to keep her as a much loved pet. She doesn’t sleep in our bed, and I have to be very careful to wash my hands before I touch my eyes, but with my love of cats, it is worth it. And they are super affectionate, very dog like. She even walks outside on a leash.

hiba
hiba

September 06, 2022

wow hopefully my parents will get me a bengal cat !!!! i have gone crazy about cats 😄

HOMEOANIMAL
HOMEOANIMAL

July 11, 2022

Dear Gale, I am sorry to hear that even the Russian Blue breed is giving you grief. Of course any cat with fur may still produce some allergens. As mentioned “they produce lower allergens than the more common cats we know”, so if you have very bad allergic reactions to any amount of allergens, it’s possible that some in this list will still not be ideal for your health situation.
-HOMEOANIMAL

Gale
Gale

July 11, 2022

My sister has a cat and I have just found out that I am allergic to cats, but she has told me that her cat is non-allergenic because it is a Russian Blue Cat, but when I’m around this cat I still sneeze and cough because I also have asthma, could be part of my problem.

HOMEOANIMAL
HOMEOANIMAL

October 05, 2021

Hi Wendy, Thank you for your excellent question. Are British Shorthair cats hypoallergenic? Unfortunately, no. Their fur is short but very thick and — as any British Shorthair owner can attest, tends to get absolutely everywhere, even when brushed weekly. They produce allergens in the same quantities like any other cat and will trigger the same reactions.
-HOMEOANIMAL.COM

Wendy
Wendy

October 05, 2021

Is British Shorthair one of the “hypoallergenic” cats?

HOMEOANIMAL
HOMEOANIMAL

July 26, 2021

Hi Yuri,
Thank you for your comment and interest. We are not able to help you with the adoption of the cat you wish for. However, we do have a list of shelters and rescues that we have worked with that may be able to help you more: https://www.homeoanimal.com/pages/our-friends

Hope this helps!
HOMEOANIMAL

Yuri
Yuri

July 26, 2021

Looking to adopt a Devon Rex cat. Not sure if I can on this site, but maybe you can point me in the right direction.

Ann R Boles
Ann R Boles

March 01, 2021

Now to find one of these cats. Nearly impossible.

Susan
Susan

October 13, 2020

A message to Levi Armstrong regarding Siamese cats. They talk A LOT! It gets worse as they get older. They whine, they yell at you. They are loving but just be aware that they can be really annoying at times. They are quite loud. They will scold you for hours if you’ve left them alone too long. They are lovable in every other way but if you get one just be prepared for a lot of complaining esp the older they get

Levi Armstrong
Levi Armstrong

July 20, 2020

Denyse, it’s great to know that Siamese cats are considered hypoallergenic cats because they do not shed as much as other cat breeds. I’ve always wanted to get a cat, but my boyfriend is asthmatic, so I haven’t been able to get one. Perhaps I should try to compromise with him and ask him if we could look for hypoallergenic cats for sale. I would love to have a Siamese cat at home, so hopefully, he’ll agree. Thanks for this! https://siberiancatsofelbrus.info

Ben
Ben

July 13, 2020

My parents just gave in to me getting a cat, I know the feeling!

#animals R The Best
#animals R The Best

February 27, 2020

If you want a cat and you are allergic to them, don’t get one because adopting is the best 🥰🐻🐨🐼🦊🐽🙈🙈🙊🐨🐹🦊🐷🐨🐶🐰🐱

CanadaVet
CanadaVet

February 13, 2020

Thank You for sharing this wonderful article. Indeed these breeds are perfect for those who have allergies and they want to have a cat.

Aiswariya
Aiswariya

October 02, 2019

Thanks for sharing such information.

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J Page
J Page

September 20, 2019

I have a Flame-Point Siamese. He sheds a LOT more than any of my other cats. Possibly because of the breeding with Orange Cats. And, visitors who are allergic to cats – are very allergic to this cat. So – I suggest that this strain should be noted as an exception to Siamese cats being relatively non-allergenic.

Kathy
Kathy

June 11, 2019

My mom is allergic to cats and I really want a cat. You got any advise

Susan Fersa
Susan Fersa

March 29, 2019

Looking got hypoallergenic cat that’s inexpensive and that is very loving lap cats thank you

Carole
Carole

December 09, 2015

Hi..Great blog!! so much info..Glad to see you are putting the Canadian prices on Remedies now…You are certainly helping animals…Thank you..

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