6 Best Cat Breed For Allergies

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By helloBARK!
Updated on 24 April 2023

Do you love cats but you struggle with allergies?

If that’s the case, you may be interested in learning more about cats who have hypoallergenic qualities.

A hypoallergenic cat is one that is less likely to trigger a person’s allergies because they’re low shedding or don’t produce a lot of pet dander.

However, it’s worth remembering there are other potential triggers such as saliva or urine as well as pollen caught in their coat.

So there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic cat breed.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at six cat breeds that could be a potential fit if you’re looking for a cat with hypoallergenic qualities.

We’ll hear from a number of experts who share their breed suggestions.

Sphynx Cats

Sphynx cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Sphynx cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

If you are a cat lover, but suffer from allergies, it doesn’t necessarily have to exclude you from having a feline companion. There are some breeds that are more tolerable to those with cat allergies. There are a few short hair breeds that shed less of the allergen that can trigger issues. The Sphynx is an exotic breed that has little to no hair. Dander can be reduced in these breeds by bathing. Since Sphynxes are friendly, they often enjoy baths since it gives them an opportunity to bond with their owners.

Suggested by Dwight Alleyne, Vet Advisor at Better Pet

British Shorthair

British Shorthair (Photo: Adobe Stock)

British Shorthair (Photo: Adobe Stock)

When I first started looking for a pet to bring into my home, allergies were high on my list of concerns. My family has a history of respiratory allergies, so it was important that any animal I brought in would not worsen them. One of my friends suggested a British Shorthair, so I brought one home to see how it worked out.

To my delight, this breed of cat was perfect for us. They have thick fur that helps to minimize the shedding of dander and hair, which is one of the primary triggers for people with allergies. British Shorthairs are known to be gentle and affectionate cats, which helped make them a great addition to our family. The main thing that I noticed was that we experienced fewer allergy symptoms when my British Shorthair cat was around.

When I had this cat, my allergies did not worsen, and I was able to keep it without any problems. There has been a noticeable difference in the air quality in my home since I brought this breed of cat to life. It is also important to note that British Shorthairs are a low-maintenance breed requiring minimal grooming. All I had to do was brush it every few weeks, and that kept it looking nice and healthy.

Suggested by Mark Joseph, Founder Of Parental Queries

Balinese Cats

Balinese Cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Balinese Cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Balinese cats are not only well known for their affectionate and playful nature, making them great companions, but they’re often considered hypoallergenic. Due to a genetic mutation that affects the protein production in their saliva, they produce less of the allergen Fel d 1. Furthermore, while they do still have long hair, they shed less than other breeds, which can also make them a good option for allergy sufferers.

Suggested by Melissa Smith, Pet Expert And Content Manager at Raw & Fresh

Russian Blue Cats

Russian Blue (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Russian Blue (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Russian Blue cats are another breed that is often considered hypoallergenic. They have short, dense, and soft fur, which means they shed less and produce less dander. Additionally, they have fewer of the allergen-producing proteins in their saliva, which can make them a good choice for allergy sufferers. Russian Blue cats are known for being intelligent, loyal, and quiet, which can make them great companions for people who enjoy a calm and peaceful home.

Suggested by Melissa Smith, Pet Expert And Content Manager at Raw & Fresh

Siberian

Siberian cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Siberian cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

One breed that is often recommended for allergy sufferers is the Siberian. This breed is known to produce lower levels of the protein that triggers allergies in humans, making them a good choice for someone with allergies. Additionally, they are a sturdy and adaptable breed that can thrive in a rural environment.

Suggested by Jia LeWong, Founder Of Meowgicians

Devon Rex

Devon Rex cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Devon Rex cat (Photo: Adobe Stock)

As someone who has owned a cat, I can say that a hypoallergenic breed, such the Sphynx, Devon Rex, or Siberian, is frequently regarded as the best cat breed for allergies. These breeds are less likely to create allergens and to shed dander than other cat breeds, which helps lessen allergy symptoms in those who are prone to them. No cat breed, meanwhile, is entirely hypoallergenic, and even cats from the same breed might create allergies on occasion.

Suggested by David louvet, CEO Of Innovate Pet Products

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