Did you know cat hair doesn't cause allergic reactions? Most people are actually allergic to cats' saliva and the allergens created in their sebaceous skin glands—both transferred to a cat's hair during grooming. When a cat sheds her fur, the allergens spread, too.
It’s common belief that some cat breeds—especially hairless cats—are hypoallergenic. People believe because these breeds don’t have hair, they won’t cause an allergic reaction in humans. This is not the case. Hypoallergenic means “less allergenic”—not allergy free. There are no truly allergen-free cat breeds. There are, however, a few breeds that may be less allergenic than others.
Getting a hypoallergenic cat offers allergy sufferers several benefits. They may breathe easier and experience less sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, all while enjoying the pleasures of cat ownership. To avoid or lower the possibility of an allergic reaction, groom your cat regularly and vacuum often. Washing her toys at least once a week and installing an air filter can also help.
Some of the most popular hypoallergenic cat breeds are listed below. Some are hairless, while others have short or even long coats. Explore all the best cats for people with allergies to see which breed will make a great companion for you.