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Cats are interesting creatures. They are mysterious and inquisitive. They might seem off-standish and skittish at first, but once they get used to you, they’re really some of the best pets you can have. They are beautiful animals that have a royal air about them. That’s why it’s especially sad that people with allergies to cats can’t have them. Don’t let your allergies get in the way of getting a pet. There are hypoallergenic pets out there.
Do hypoallergenic cats exist?
In a word, yes. These mystical creatures do exist. There are certain cats that are considered to be hypoallergenic or minimal allergy. These cats have fewer allergens when compared to other cat breeds.
What are the best cat breeds for people who have allergies?
These cats are also known as the long-haired Siamese cats. Although these cats may not necessarily seem like the best candidates for hypoallergenic breeds, they produce less allergens that causes reactions are also some of the most regal looking cats out there.
- Oriental Shorthair
Although the oriental shorthair is also hypoallergenic, it’s still a good idea to groom them quite frequently. The dander that causes allergies can be kept to a minimum if you brush and wipe her down on a regular basis.
These cats are similar in character to the Balinese cats. They have a medium length coat that refrains from matting. Because they have no undercoat, they also have less fur, which in turn, causes fewer allergic reactions.
- Cornish Rex
Although they might be hypoallergenic, they’re also a handful to take care of. These cats require frequent baths to combat the constant oil buildup on their skin.
- Devon Rex
The Devon Rex has lesser and shorter fur than the Cornish Rex. You’ll need to clean your Devon Rex’s paw and ear pads frequently to fight the oil build up experienced in those areas. But this breed doesn’t require as frequent baths as the Cornish Rex or the Sphynx.
These royal looking beauties are one of the more famous breeds for being hypoallergenic. The Siberian also has a long coat like the Balinese. But they’re still hypoallergenic due to lesser enzymes in their saliva. 75% of people who are naturally allergic to cats don’t seem to suffer from any reactions with a Siberian.
The Sphynx is the most hypoallergenic cat you can find. They’re hairless so they also come with less upkeep. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re low-maintenance. Like all cats, they also need to be carefully looked after. In order to fight the oil build-up on her skin, your Sphynx will need more frequent bathes and cleanings.