- Balinese Also known as the “longhaired Siamese” this cat produces lesser Fel D1 protein compared to other cat breeds, which is good news for people with cat allergies. Don’t let the fuzzy exterior fool you and lead you to think that the Balinese is a cat you should avoid. Fel D1 is actually not triggered solely by cat hairs. It is also produced in the cat’s saliva and skin oils. So even if the Balinese have abundant fur, these would be okay to have as pets.
- Siberian The Siberian is hypoallergenic even if they have a semi-long coat which means they are safe for people who are allergic to cats. They are also one of the few cat breeds that produce fewer Fed D1 proteins. It is said that 75% of allergic people have experienced no reactions to the Siberian cat and this may be largely due to the fact that they produce lesser enzyme levels in their saliva.
- Devon Rex This breed of cat has a short coat and thus only experiences minimal shedding. Some even have no top coat. They will need regular cleaning of paw pads and ears though to get rid of oil.
- Cornish Rex Like the Devon Rex, this breed of cat also has a short coat that is extremely soft and silk, and it too only experiences minimal shedding. Compared to the other though, the Cornish Rex has longer and more fur. It also requires more maintenance as it will need frequent baths to get rid of the oil buildup in the skin.
- Sphynx As the Sphynx is a hairless cat, this makes it hypoallergenic. The absence of fur is a big advantage for allergic people as there isn’t anything that would trap the allergens from the saliva when these cats groom themselves.
- Javanese The Javanese only have one layer of fur, a top coat, instead of three. This makes them shed less which in turn makes them hypoallergenic.
- Bengal Bengal cats don’t shed as much and they have fine pelts that require less maintenance compared to other cats. This means Bengals don’t have to groom themselves that much and as a result, their fur contains lesser saliva that may cause allergies and the dander in their fur doesn’t spread as much compared to other breeds.
Contrary to the belief that cats are not really fond of cuddles and snuggles, there are actually those that own the most loving and affectionate