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by Denyse Lessard December 18, 2014 4 min read19 Comments
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 Shorthairs are short haired and shed very little hair.
Very good cat for allergy sufferers since they shed very little because they possess only the undercoat layer called the down hair.
This breed of cat is hairless. Therefore, they have no hair to trap the allergens in their saliva.
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.
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.
This cat breed produces less of the Fel D1 protein in his saliva, which makes him a good candidate for allergy sufferers.
This is a great option for cat lovers who really prefer a long-haired cat.
Same family as the Cornish Rex, the Devon breed has less hair and shorter fur than the Cornish Rex.
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.
Laperms shed a lot less than most cat breeds because of their curly textured coat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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September 06, 2022
wow hopefully my parents will get me a bengal cat !!!! i have gone crazy about cats 😄
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.
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.
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.
October 05, 2021
Is British Shorthair one of the “hypoallergenic” cats?
July 26, 2021
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!
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.
March 01, 2021
Now to find one of these cats. Nearly impossible.
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
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
July 13, 2020
My parents just gave in to me getting a cat, I know the feeling!
February 27, 2020
If you want a cat and you are allergic to them, don’t get one because adopting is the best 🥰🐻🐨🐼🦊🐽🙈🙈🙊🐨🐹🦊🐷🐨🐶🐰🐱
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.
October 02, 2019
Thanks for sharing such information.
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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.
June 11, 2019
My mom is allergic to cats and I really want a cat. You got any advise
March 29, 2019
Looking got hypoallergenic cat that’s inexpensive and that is very loving lap cats thank you
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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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.