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July 21, 2013

Top 10 Cat Breeds for People With Allergies

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Some general tips about cat allergens:

  • Male cats tend to produce more allergens, especially unaltered males
  • Kittens have fewer allergens than adults
  • Lighter colored cats tend to have fewer allergens (except in the case
  • Female cats during breeding season have higher levels of allergens
  • Bathing cats weekly can reduce allergens by 45%
  • HEPA filtration can help remove allergens from the air.
  • Wiping down cats with a damp cloth or grooming spray before brushing can minimize the spread of dander and other allergens 

Top Cats for Allergy Sufferers 

These are listed in no particular order since every cat and every human is different. Always spend time with a prospective adoptee before taking one home. 

10. Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex cat has only the soft wooly undercoat and sheds very little. Photo courtesy of Korona4Reel.


9. Devon Rex

Devon Rex

This curly-haired kitty may trigger less allergenic responses because they only have the soft undercoat. They shed even less than their Cornish Rex cousins. 

Photo courtesy of Nikolas Titkov.

8. LaPerm


The LaPerm cat is another curly-coated cat thats dander may get caught in those curls more than the average cat, possibly prevent allergic reactions. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. 

7. Siberian


This Russian import has a moderately long coat but many of the breed have less-than-average levels of Fel d1 glycoproteins in their saliva. Many breeders have their cats screened for the eynzyme to detect allergen levels. Photo Courtesy of Frank Fukuchi.

6. Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair has large ears and a short coat that sheds minimally. With over 300 coat colors, there sure to be one that fits your aesthetics as well as your health needs. Photo courtesy of Nickolas Titkov.

5. Sphynx


Some people report having good results in not being allergic to these hairless cats as the Fel d1 often sticks to their oily skin. Others are more allergic to this breed than cats with hair. Photo courtesy of The Pug Father.

4. Russian Blue

Russian Blue

The Russian Blue reportedly carries less of the Fel d1 glycoprotein than other breeds. Levels vary between individuals. Photo courtesy of Sensual Shadows Photography.

3. Bengal


 Some people report good results with Bengal kitties possibly due to their mink-like coat texture that requires very little grooming. Because these cats have to groom themselves less, the saliva allergens are less likely to be found on the fur. Photo by Francis Loung.  

2. Javanese


The Javanese is missing its undercoat which may translate into less allergens. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

1. Balinese


The Balinese is similar to the Javanese in the fact that it has a single coat that doesn't mat, but this cat also carries lower levels of the Fel d1 glycoprotein. Balinese photo by aranie.

Featured photo of Devon Rex sisters by Frank Jania. 


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