It’s no secret that cats are one of the mainstays of the Internet. These feisty felines are as lovable offline as they are online, whether on Youtube or the window sill. Cats make great pets and can contribute positively to their owners’ mental wellbeing and holistic health.
Unfortunately, cat allergies exist, and not all people can enjoy cozying up to a chubby tabby. The allergy lies not in cat hair but in a specific protein found in cats’ saliva, dander, and urine. But while there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic cat, there are a few breeds that have less of this allergy-causing protein, making them a more viable option for owners who may suffer from allergies.
If you are hyper allergic, consider these more hypoallergenic cat breeds:
Cat breeds that inherently produce less of the protein that causes allergies include the Siamese cat. Siamese cats are popular, due in part to the fact that they do not shed. This breed is noted for its short hair and unique eyes, as well as their tendency to be quite vocal. Siamese cats make loyal and loving pets though they demand a lot of attention from their favorite humans. A Siamese cat is a good option if you are concerned about allergies.
Balinese cats are often called “long-haired Siamese”, so you know that they lean toward being a hypoallergenic breed. These cats are smart and social, making great additions to families with children or other animals. Balinese cats do not shed much, and owners do not need to take them for regular grooming. Balinese cats are recommended for those with sensitivities or allergies, and make delightful, low maintenance pets.
The misconception that allergies stem from cat hair could cause you to think that any hairless breed will be hypoallergenic. The sphynx cat is often hairless, though they will require frequent bathing to prevent owners from allergic reactions. Plus, remember that sphynx cats do have distinct needs that include care to reduce the oil that naturally accumulates on their skin. These cats are well worth the effort however, as they are friendly, social, and smart, never failing to entertain their humans. Some compare sphynx cats to dogs, due to their unwavering loyalty and playfulness. If you suffer from hypo allergies, a sphynx cat may be the breed for you.
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Bengal cats resemble cats that you may find in the wild, like leopards or cheetahs, with their uniquely spotted coats and sleek silhouette. Bengal cats are as hypoallergenic as you will find, and they make interesting, intelligent feline companions. Bengal cats are curious, intelligent, and quite energetic. They can become bored easily. Since Bengals are considered exotic pets, your region or city may have laws in place regarding ownership; make sure to consult with your municipality before bringing a Bengal cat into the home to prevent problems later.
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For a more hypoallergenic breed, consider a Russian Blue. These cats are calm, quiet pets that love to be affectionate with their humans. This is a shy, gentle breed that may not do well around a lot of chaos, noise, or other animals, though they do tend to adapt well to new surroundings. Their name comes from the distinct coloring, which is short, dense, and grayish blue. Brushing your Russian Blue cat frequently can reduce the allergens and reduce shedding for owners with hyper allergies.
The Maine Coon Cat may be a surprising breed for this list, however, these cats are considered to be more hypoallergenic pets than many others. The Maine Coon cat produces less of the problematic ‘Fel d 1’ protein that causes allergic reactions- and they are an intriguing breed to simply watch. Known for their thick coat and long hair, the Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed widely, weighing upwards of 20 pounds. Many compare the Maine Coon cat to a lion, due to their bushy mane, pronounced ears, and long tail.
Maine Coon Cat image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/cat-maine-coon-feline-pet-fur-7954713/
What about those that already have feline besties and that are suffering from allergies? There are some steps that owners can take to circumvent the protein being excreted from their cats, while in turn, reducing the allergens in the home environment. Even those cats considered to be more hypoallergenic could cause allergic symptoms to manifest without their owners’ vigilance; here is what you can do:
- Protect and cover your bed, mattress, and pillows, and prevent access to your cats, if possible.
- Use covers on plush furnishings, like your sofa, to reduce allergens in the home.
- Opt for hardwood flooring when possible and remove rugs where you can.
- Change out your HVAC filters frequently. Consider HEPA filters for optimal effect.
- Wipe surfaces often that your cat has access to.
- Vacuum weekly to remove dander left behind.
- Use quality cannabidiol products to alleviate your allergy symptoms. Discuss these options with your own health provider or practitioner.
What About Cats That Have Allergies?
Just like humans, cats can suffer from allergies too. The good news is that veterinary products exist to alleviate possible allergies for your feline friend.
One at-home solution that can provide allergy relief to your cats are CBD pet products. While cannabis can be toxic for felines, cannabidiol, or CBD, offers a whole host of therapeutic benefits – particularly if your cat suffers from allergy symptoms. Some perks of CBD are:
- Reduced inflammation and swelling.
- Boost in the immune system to combat symptoms.
- Calming, soothing effects.
Never give a pet any CBD product that is intended for humans as it may prove toxic. Always discuss supplements and homeopathic remedies- including CBD- with your veterinary provider for continuity of care for your pet.
If you have hyper allergies, consider one of these more- hypoallergenic cats. Know that purebred cats have different veterinary needs and there are distinctive health risks for different breeds of cats. Talk to a feline veterinarian to find out more, or to further discuss the benefits of CBD for your pets.