8 Cat Breeds for Allergy Sufferers

Do you love cats but hate how they make you itch and sneeze? One option is to undergo a treatment to help your body stop rebelling against the allergy-provoking proteins in a cat’s skin and saliva. If you don’t like shots but still really want to add a feline companion to your life, consider adopting one of the following breeds, which are widely considered to be more hypoallergenic. While you may occasionally feel the need to itch and sneeze, the risk is worth the reward if you have a true passion for kitties.


1. Bengal

The Bengal is a long, muscular, medium to large cat with a broad head and muzzle, high cheekbones and pronounced whisker pads. It usually has dark markings around the eyes. Bengals have lush, dense, soft coats with leopard-like spots that make them look like wild cats. Personality-wise, Bengals are easily tamed and affectionate, although they are not necessarily lap cats. They are also extremely energetic and playful.


2. Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is unique-looking with its egg-shaped head, long legs and large ears. This cat, which is small to medium in size, comes in a variety of colors and tends to shed less hair than other breeds. The Cornish Rex is very active and agile, and often enjoys engaging in a game of fetch. It is also an attention-seeking kitty that bonds closely with humans and acts up when it is left alone for a long period of time.


3. Devon Rex

The Devon Rex has large eyes and ears, a short muzzle and a slender neck and body. Sometimes referred to as the poodle of the cat world, it has wavy hair, which doesn’t shed a lot. This medium-sized, muscular cat is compared to a dog due to its outgoing personality. It is very affectionate, purrs a lot and generally stays out of trouble when left alone, making it an ideal pet for working families.


4. Oriental Shorthair

The Oriental Shorthair is a Siamese hybrid that has a long, slender and flexible body, with large ears and almond-shaped eyes. This type of cat comes in more than 300 colors and patterns, including ebony, pure white, chestnut and blue. The Oriental Shorthair is an inquisitive, temperamental kitty that enjoys being the center of attention and will get upset if ignored. This cat isn’t very loud but does meow frequently.


5. Russian Blue

The Russian Blue looks bigger than it actually is because of its double coat, with dense, silky and plush fur that shimmers in certain lighting. Its round, wide-set eyes start off yellow before transitioning into a bright green color. This cat has a gentle temperament that is reflected by the fact that its lips look like they’re smiling. The Russian Blue is well-behaved and easy to train. It is also known for enjoying a game of fetch.


6. Siamese

The Siamese has large ears and stunning blue eyes. This cat has a slim figure with a short, fine coat that comes in four traditional colors: seal, chocolate, blue and lilac point. It typically has a pale body with darker extremities. The Siamese is very sociable and craves a lot of human interaction. This cat likes to communicate with people and is unhappy when left alone for long periods of time.


7. Siberian

The Siberian Forest cat has less of the Fel d 1 protein, which is what makes people feel allergic. When fully grown, this kitty can weigh between 17 and 26 pounds, making it much bigger than most other breeds. Its coat is long and heavy, as well as oily and water-resistant. The Siberian is affectionate and intelligent, and is attracted to water. Even though it is quite large, this cat can still be very agile.


8. Sphynx

The Sphynx is medium to large in size, with a muscular body that appears to be hairless even though that is not always the case. This cat has very large, open ears and lemon-shaped eyes. The texture of their skin, which is wrinkly, has been described as feeling like warm suede. This kitty enjoys human attention, has a lot of energy, and likes to climb and perch. It is also curious, mischievous and highly intelligent.