The first thing every allergic person should remember is that a hypoallergenic cat and a nonallergenic cat are two different cats. “Hypo” is “less than.” And non-allergenic is not at all! Do you feel the difference? So, non-allergenic cats do not exist. At all!
It has been rumored that females are less allergic than males, and that cats with dark fur are more allergic than snow white cats. But these rumors have not been confirmed and each new study in this area refutes the previous one.
But as a fact – hypoallergenic cats produce less allergy-causing protein Fel D1 than the rest of the feline world.
So what are these wonderful breeds? Check out the top 10 hypoallergenic cat breeds.
10th place – Balinese Cat
Balinese Cat. The athletic and slim American is considered a semi-long-haired variety of Siamese Cat. Balinese Cats are nicknamed for their obvious resemblance to Balinese dancers – the same graceful gait and flowing lines. This hypoallergenic cat is very sociable and beloved by those who appreciate feline beauty.
9th place – Oriental Shorthair
Oriental Cat. Another American cat made the list of hypoallergenic ones. Originally, of course, Orientals didn’t appear in America, they came from Thailand. But it was American breeders who took the effort and time to get the world to officially recognize these slender cats. Most likely, the short-haired Oriental cat will not cause allergies to its owner. It will love him deeply. This cat will amaze you with its intelligence and very compliant nature.
8th place – Javanese
Javanese. No, it’s not an Armenian breed, as the name would suggest. Javanese are cats with hypoallergenic coats, native to America, again! Named after the island of Java, the Javanese cat has a luxurious and lustrous coat with amazingly beautiful shades. Six recognized single-colors: smoky, tabby, tortoiseshell, torbie, silver, party-color and party-color Siamese types, colors with lockets – it is impossible to resist this beauty! Well, and the ability to excrete Fel D1 in small portions only adds to its charm.
7th place – Siberian Cat
Siberian Cat. This breed is a traditional Russian and it is quite mysterious. By the way, there is a square of Siberian cats in Tyumen, where there are 12 cast-iron sculptures of cat phenomena. Hypoallergenic breeds of cats are usually characterized by scanty hair coat or absence of it at all. However, it is the Siberians that break stereotypes. They don’t freeze, don’t get wet, don’t get nervous, and don’t cause allergies! There is no explanation for this miracle, but 75% of allergy sufferers have no painful reaction to Siberians!
6th place – Lykoi
Lykoi. Only subtle aesthetes immediately consider this creature to be a beautiful prince, while the majority of cats of this breed resemble ugly, very ugly ducklings. But this is only at first glance. After getting acquainted with the Lykoi, many people notice the hidden charm of these demonic kittens. Few people know that no one bred the Lykois on purpose. On the contrary, specialists dreamed of a new naked breed, but a kitten with bald spots all over its body was born and loudly proclaimed itself to the world. By the way, anyone who calls Lykoi to be a Sphynx would be wrong. Officially, Lykoi is a domestic short-haired breed.
They have no luxurious fur coat, and even the one they have is devoid of an undercoat. Perhaps this is what gave rise to the myth about the breed being hypoallergenic.
5th place – Devon Rex
Devon Rex. The ears are like butterfly wings, the soul is a huge ocean, the wool. There is not much wool. But less hairless Fel D1, it makes sense. In fact, these cats’ fur neither theoretically nor practically flies around the apartment, spreading wily protein to all possible corners. The reviews of Devon Rex owners: Devons aren’t hypoallergenic cats, but hypoallergenic cat-dogs, which, if you need, can even bring slippers.
4th place – Cornish Rex
Cornish Rex. A true English Cat from the county of Cornwall has the distinctive features of fine quality fur with curls and not at all prudish character. Cornish Rex is playful at all ages. And yes, they are low allergenic. Hypoallergenic Cornish cats can be even less allergenic if they are bathed often and regularly. Then the secretions that normally soak into the fur of more fluffy cats are washed off their skin. This way, the protein provocateur ends up in the drain instead of in your body.
3rd place – Peterbald
Peterbald. The graceful and elegant Peterbald Cat is intelligent and non-conflictive. Apparently, the progenitors of the breed, the Don Sphynx Afinogen Myth, and the Oriental Cat Radma von Jagerhoff passed on to their offspring very intelligent genes and the ability to especially please allergic owners with their presence. Though hairless, the cat purrs “like a real cat” and also allows itself to be loved. Peterbald is no different from any other bald cat in care – bathing once a week (and more often in summer) will reduce the risk of allergies to zero.
2nd place – Don Sphynx
Don Sphynx. The modern descendant of the half-bladed foundling Varvara (discovered in Rostov-on-Don in 1987) treats headaches and nervous disorders help with diseases of the musculoskeletal system and relieves muscle pain. And yes, hypoallergenic. Practically.
1st place – Canadian Sphynx
But in the first place, the ability to coexist with the most delicate human immune system is the Canadian Sphynx. Somehow, these cats turn out to be the most hypoallergenic. Scientists are still unable to explain why the Canadian surpassed the Ukrainian Levkoy, and even its fellow Don Sphynx. Among all the “naked” breeds, the Canadian Sphynx is considered the most ancient.
In conclusion, there are a few more statistics. It turns out that up to 15% of the world’s residents are allergic to cats. And a third of them keep cats at home. That’s a hint!