Want to adopt a cat but you’re allergic?
We know, you LOVE cats! But allergies can prevent us from being able to adopt a kitty of our own. Whether it is you that is allergic or maybe it's your roommate or a family member, a hypoallergenic cat might be the answer! You can get your kitty cuddles without the itchy eyes!
Cat allergies tend to be in reaction to dander and saliva. While no cats will be fully hypoallergenic, the cats below create the least amount of proteins that trigger allergies. These breeds are the most likely not to trigger allergies if you have mild allergic reactions to cats. If anyone has severe allergies, you should not bring a kitty into the home, even one of the breeds listed below.
If you are going to adopt one of these breeds it is important to do some tests first. Visit the potential cat and spend at least an hour with them petting them and giving them kisses (really get your face in there!). Ask to spend some time in the room with the litter box as well. Then give yourself a few hours to make sure you do not react to their dander, saliva, or urine.
You should also check with the organization you are adopting from to make sure there is an option to bring the kitty back if you do develop a more intense reaction after living with them for a few weeks or months. If the cat can’t stay with you, it is still your responsibility to make sure they end up somewhere safe. A reputable rescue or breeder will take their animals back if you or a family member becomes allergic and make sure the kitty gets a good new home.
Here are 10 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds
These hairless cats are very friendly, and curious cats who will love to snuggle with you. They do require more maintenance than cats with hair, and need regular baths, with the proper shampoo. They also tend to be less fond of children.
2. Russian Blue
These gray beauties are quiet, but well attuned to people's emotions. They prefer a quiet household where they get some alone time, but would do well with families who help their young children learn the cat’s boundaries.
The fluffy balinese is a longer hair breed of the siamese, and they tend to be friendly. They are great with families and other pets, they have high energy so a family who likes to play would be a great fit.
These short haired cats with defined features are highly intelligent and have a lot of energy. They are affectionate and crave attention from their owners. If you are not home often, this cat would not be the best fit for you. They need lots of play and are very smart so can be naughty if they get bored.
5. Devon Rex
This short haired cat is very loveable, and enjoys putting on shows for you. They do however have sensitive coats so rough petting from children is not ideal.
6. Cornish Rex
This striking and short haired cat, though look intimidating, are big babies, they love to be around their owner all the time and are known to be quite clingy. This breed loves exercise so an active owner who loves to play with their pets would be ideal.
The beautifully spotted bengal are a rarity now-a-days, but if you get your hands on one they are quite athletic and need exercise, but they are easy to groom.
These slender cats are playful and love to climb! If you get a bengal they need some sort of perch and many places to sit and watch birds from afar. They can easily become overweight, so it is important to watch their food intake and exercise if you are looking into the breed.
9. Oriental Shorthair
These narrow and elongated cats are similar to siamese in that they are incredibly smart and can be trained on a leash. They look similar to Javanese and have similar needs as them. These cats need perches, for they love to jump. It is especially important to monitor the weight of these cats and adjust the food accordingly.
The Siberian cat is perfect for families who enjoy having a cat, but do not want to put a ton of energy into maintaining them. Siberian cats are kid friendly cats that do not need a lot of exercise.
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