Not all cat lovers are lucky to happily live with cats. There are those who suffer from cat allergies and need extra care before any interaction with a kitty. But to counteract this human’s natural sensitivity is nature’s gift in return: hypoallergenic cats. These cat breeds purportedly produce low levels of allergens that cause the allergic reactions. With this, allergic cat lovers can increase the possibility of interaction with cats and even adoption. Here are 5 hypoallergenic cat breeds great for hypersensitive cat lovers.
Just from the looks itself, sphynx are among the hypoallergenic cat breeds. Allergens from cats are from their fur, saliva and urine. While cats do clean themselves, these allergens tend to get trapped with their fur. As sphynx cats are practically hairless, they become safer for cat allergic people to deal with. It should also be noted that this feline breed isn’t exactly bald but do have fine hair that’s barely visible or felt. They’re covered with fine gossamery that feels like suede or chamois. Still, they don’t have the typical fur most cats have.
Another of the hypoallergenic cat breeds is the Cornish Rex. These cats only have a down hair or undercoat while most cats’ fur have 3 layers. As such, Cornish Rex’ have less hair than other cats with thick coats. This means that when this kitty sheds, there’s not much fur to go and is therefore less likely to cause the spread of allergens.
Sharing the same coat type as Cornish Rex, Devon Rex also belongs to the list of hypoallergenic cat breeds. However, Devon Rex has even lesser amount of fur. With their rather thin soft undercoat, this cat sheds less and also diminishes the chances of allergic reaction.
Oriental Shorthairs are among the easily identified hypoallergenic cat breeds. Their distinct slender frame with their short, fine coat is physically great for allergic cat lovers. This type of cat also sheds very little. Despite being so, brushing them is still recommended to remove loose fur and so reduce airborne allergens from the dropped strands.
While you may have noticed that the trick for identifying hypoallergenic cats deal with the little amount of fur a cat has, Siberians break that pattern. Siberian cats are popular for being among hypoallergenic cat breeds that can boast their thick fur. Supposedly, this feline breed produces less Fel d 1 which is a protein in cats that acts as the primary allergen. So despite having long fur and thick coat, if there’s less allergen causing reaction to hypersensitive people, then Siberians definitely belong to hypoallergenic cat breeds.
There are still more hypoallergenic cat breeds out there but these five are great representatives to start with. If you’re an allergic cat lover then we can recommend interacting with these types of cats. However, despite these felines being reputed as relatively safer for hypersensitive persons, it’s still best to not push yourself and slowly handle cats until your allergies are treated or medicated.