The Top 5 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

27 November 2017

Cats naturally shed dander and a little something called protein Fel d 1 - which can irritate the human respiratory system. While no cat is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a few cat breeds that produce less of the stuff that makes us hoomans sniffle and sneeze, making them the purr-fect choice for sensitive cat snugglers. Let’s have a boop at the top 5 hypoallergenic cat breeds here!

russian blue cat breed hypoallergenic

  1. Russian Blue Cat Breed

The dense, silky coat of the Russian Blue cat breed calls to all hoomans, but fret not fussy nosed feline lover! These puddas produce less Fel d 1 protein so you can snuggle and snooze with your boy blue until your heart’s content.

bengal cat breed hypoallergenic

  1. Bengal Cat Breed

The exotic Bengal cat breed produces less dander and deposits less saliva on their fine haired coat than most cats - which means less huffing for the hoomans in their lives and more time playing jungle fur babies with this active and adventurous cat breed.

siberan forest cat breed hypoallergenic

  1. Siberian Forest Cat Breed

For lovers of the fluff, the Siberian Forest cat breed is the “hypoallergenic” answer to your prayers. This serious contender for fluffiest cat ever produces less of the Fel d 1 protein so you can worry less about sniffling and more about watching them swish about in their outdoor cat enclosure.

devon rex cat breed hypoallergenic

  1. Devon Rex Cat Breed

What’s cute as a pixie and purr-fectly fine for cat allergy sufferers to adopt? Why, it’s the Devon Rex cat breed! This curly-haired critter is a lovely fur baby to devotedly dote on - minus the mucous!

sphynx cat breed hypoallergenic

  1. Sphynx Cat Breed

No hair = no sniffles, right? Well, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is the Sphynx cat still produces the Fel d 1 protein so it can cause allergies. But the lack of hair to groom means there is less chance of saliva allergens spreading from your cat to you.

It is possible to love cats when you have allergies - just be sure to get checked by a doctor for severe allergy risk before you adopt a fur-baby. If you get the all clear to give hypoallergenic cat breeds a home then we also suggest the following:

  • Make your bedroom a cat free zone - this will help you sleep and breathe easy overnight.
  • If you have rugs, carpet or curtains in your home, make sure they are cleaned regularly or replace them with hardwood flooring and non-fabric window coverings. It’s also a good idea to avoid upholstered furniture.
  • Invest in an air-purifier to filter out any cat dander or cat hair that is floating around .
  • Wash your hooman hands after handling your cat. This will help prevent Fel d 1 protein spread to your face and respiratory system.
  • A bi-weekly clean with a special pet hair vacuum cleaner will also remove hair and dander from your home.

Find out more about cat allergies here. Sneezes aren’t just for hoomans, find out about how your cat could be allergic to things too, here.


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