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Top Cat Breeds For Allergic People [2024]

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Top Cat Breeds For Allergic People [2024]

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This post was updated on March 18th, 2024 by Lisa

🐱 Are you allergic to our feline friends but desperately longing to have them in your life? Well, worry no more, because I’ve got some fantastic news for you! 😺 Believe it or not, there are cats out there for almost everyone, yes, even for those of us with pesky allergies! 🎉

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I am allergic to cats and I utilize these tips below in additional to taking Claritin D 12 hour, plus Flonase. I am allergic to many things like pollen, dust, ragweed and many plants. Even if I did not have a feline, I would need to practice these activities pulse use a nasal spray and take a decongestant.

It helps, it really does!

Not just a little either. It significantly helps.

There are some hypoallergenic cat breeds known to produce fewer allergens than other cats.

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Allergy symptoms  

Allergic reactions from cats can range from mild sneezing to much more severe symptoms. Some symptoms of cat allergies are:

Cat Allergy Symptoms
1Coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing
2Runny or stuffy nose
3Itchy skin
4watery, itchy eyes
5Puffiness around the face
6Facial pain from nasal congestion
7Skin rash or hives

The Best Cat Breeds For Allergy Sufferers

We’re sharing a list of the most popular cat breeds for allergy sufferers. Let’s have a look at them:

Drum roll please, 🥁 here are the best cat breeds for allergy sufferers!

Sphynx

😺 The Sphynx cat is quite remarkable, with its medium-sized frame adorned with a sleek, muscular body that’s surprisingly dense and weighty given its size.

Their unique appearance never fails to turn heads, characterized by their nearly hairless, wrinkled skin, lack of whiskers, and prominent ears. 🐾

When it comes to cat breeds suitable for allergy sufferers, there are several options, but the Sphynx stands out as the sole hairless feline in the mix. 🌟

This makes them an excellent choice for those with cat allergies who still long for feline companionship. 🏠

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Obviously, the hairless Sphynx does not shed because they don’t have any fur. Sphynx cats are outgoing and mischievous that enjoy spending time with their human companions.

These cats are highly intelligent, playful, cuddly, and love attention. 

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Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a small-to-medium-sized cat with an extraordinary appearance and an attractive wavy coat. They’re muscular, heavy, and have a slender, rangy shape.

The Cornish Rex doesn’t have the long hair of an outer coat but possesses only the bottom undercoat that is curly and soft. These cats have a lot less hair than other cats and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Rexes are incredibly bright, curious, and highly energetic. They’re playful, athletic, and enjoy playing with their human companions and love to learn new tricks.

Longhaired cats are also a little more high maintenance than a low shedding cat. Dead hair gets caught in their dense double coat making cat allergies significant compared to other cats, with a fine coat. 

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Devon Rex

The Devon Rex is a medium-sized cat with a short and curly coat. Their head is triangular with distinct facial features including large eyes and ears. They shed very little due to less hair on their bodies and are suitable for allergy sufferers. 

Devon Rexes are active and energetic cats that enjoy playing with their humans. These cats are lively and truly a little clown. They delight their owner by giving enchanting playful performances.

Oriental

Oriental is an elegant, medium-sized cat that is nicely muscled and  found in hundreds of combinations of colors and patterns. Their coat is short, fine, and glossy and shed very little. Regular brushing will help to remove any loose hairs and prevent allergies.

Orientals are chatty, curious, smart, and loving. This breed is highly intelligent and can be trained to walk on a lead. Orientals love heights and are great jumpers. You can entertain these cats with puzzle toys, teach new tricks, even train them for feline agility.

Russian Blues

The Russian Blue is a long, slender cat with a triangular head. These strong and muscular cats have an extremely dense and soft double coat. They produce lower levels of the glycoprotein Fel d1 which a lot of people are allergic to.

Russian Blues are a perfect match for those who are looking for a gentle, quiet, and intelligent cat. This is a gentle cat who loves to follow her owner everywhere. Russian blues are social creatures but they also enjoy alone-time.  

Balinese

The Balinese is a medium-sized cat with a long, tubular body and distinct deep blue eyes. These cats have a long silky coat lying close to the body and have no undercoat. Balinese cats’ skin produces less Fel d1 and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

The Balinese is agile, athletic, and a powerful jumper. These cats are curious, outgoing, and intelligent. They are also very vocal and known for their chatty personalities. They keep you entertained with their antics, but have a loving and loyal nature. 

Siberian

The Siberian is a medium-to-large sized cat with a wedge-shaped head. These strong and powerfully built cats are exceptionally agile jumpers. Siberians have all three natural fur types including guard hair, awn hair, and down-hair. The Siberian’s skin produces less Fel d1 than most other breeds so is considered hypoallergenic and is suitable for feline allergy sufferers.

Siberians are active and playful cats. They love games like fetch and learning tricks that stimulate them mentally. Siberians are highly intelligent and have the ability to solve issues to get what they want. They love human companionship and need to be near their owners. 

Javanese

The Javanese is a medium-sized cat with a long and tubular body. They have deep eye color either blue or green. The short, silky, and smooth coat has many incredible colors. The lack of an undercoat means that the Javanese cats shed very little and are a good choice for someone who suffers from allergies.

Javanese cats are loving and vocal companions. These cats are highly intelligent, agile, playful, and athletic, and make a beautiful family pet. Javanese are powerful jumpers and can leap effortlessly to the top of the refrigerator, cupboards, and bookcases.

Siamese

Siamese cats have a sleek and distinctive appearance. They are highly intelligent, agile, and athletic and love to play. The short coat of the Siamese has a fine texture and are low shedders. Although the short hair may cause allergies to allergy-prone owners you will find a lot less hair in the home as compared to other cat breeds.

The beautiful Siamese is an affectionate cat and requires love and attention from their parents. These cats are great jumpers and love heights. The active and social Siamese is a perfect choice for families with children and other pets.

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Burmese

The Burmese is a medium-sized cat and feels considerably heavier than she appears. This is a stocky cat with short, smooth, and very silky hair. The Burmese cat is somewhat compact but very muscular with heavy boning. These cats have a very low tendency for shedding and hence are suitable for allergy sufferers. 

The Burmese cats are great climbers and jumpers. They are friendly and affectionate little creatures who are very fond of humans. Younger Burmese are active, curious kittens, and adapt easily to changes.

Living with a cat when you’re allergic

Everyone’s allergies are different and therefore, it’s not possible to make a sweeping generalization. People with allergies can have allergic reactions from even the hypoallergenic cats. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to manage your allergy symptoms with your cats.

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Once you have a feline companion, there are a few steps you can take to minimize allergens:

  1. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner and use it regularly in your home.
  2. Allergy shots might help with moderate to severe allergies. In this way, you won’t get allergies when exposed to some cat allergens.
  3. Wash your hands well after playtime. Be mindful of your cat licking, scratching, or rubbing up against you.
  4. Keep your cat outside your bedroom where you spend a lot of time. Restrict your kitty to only a few rooms of the house.
  5. Protect yourself from cat hair by covering your bedspread with an extra sheet on top that you can remove when sleeping.
  6. Consider bathing your cat regularly to reduce airborne cat allergen. When using shampoos and conditioners, make sure they will not make your allergies worse.
  7. Maintain good ventilation to help reduce airborne cat allergens. Get some air purifier and change filters regularly.
  8. Carpet is among the biggest allergen collecting items. It’s better to remove carpeting from your home. If you cannot have it removed, vacuum weekly and have it shampooed regularly.
  9. Dust and clean your home and belongings thoroughly. Wash your rugs, curtains, blankets, and other washable items regularly to avoid dander build-up. Wear a face mask and goggles when cleaning.
  10. Have someone else brush your kitty regularly and discard fur straight away.

Conclusion

With these hypoallergenic cat breeds, you can still enjoy the companionship of a feline friend without allergy problems.

Also, with a few efforts and lifestyle changes, you can manage your allergies and live happily with your cats.

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    Why Is Kritter Kommunity Your Trusted Pet Partner?

    Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo male adult cat currently and she has had him since he was a baby kitten; so Lisa knows well the kitten lifecycle, the teenage cat lifecycle and the adult cat lifecycle (he is currently 11 years old). Prior to her cat Finnegan, Lisa had two FIV positive cats for a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Not only is Lisa allergic to kitty cats, she has been to an allergy specialist several times for tests, and is allergic to several things such as dust and pollen. She knows well how to manager allergies when you have cats, but are allergic. She and Finnegan (her cat) test, research and review pet products to give readers the best feedback possible.

    2 Responses

    1. I had two KORATS. they are also touted as hypoallergenic, because they hardly shed.

      Now I have a tongkinese, that has a constant cough, and sneezes with alot of spray snot, and the Vets cannot fix it…..antibiotics do not help, any ideas? change Vets?

      1. Mary, I am so sorry to hear this! Abigail had the exact same symptoms; she had allergies and asthma, so it COULD be allergies, and allergy induced asthma. Check with a veterinarian who will try predisone.LMK how it goes.

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