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"Even if you suffer from annoying allergies, there are some cats breeds that are believed to be hypoallergenic"

Cat breeds for people with allergies

The two most common allergies suffered when it comes to cats are:

- Pet dander, which is a reaction to the pets actual skin cells

- An allergy to the protein in their saliva called Fel d 1.

But did you know that there are some cats breeds that are believed to be hypoallergenic? Even if you suffer from annoying allergies, there are a number of possible options. Below is a list of 5 popular cat breeds that won’t have you sneezing.


Similar in looks to the longhaired Siamese, Balinese are known for their beautiful, soft, silky, coat. These longhaired cats’ elegant looks are capped off by a luxurious, long, plumed tail.

Adding a Balinese to your family will make you a proud cat owner for years to come, since this healthy, robust breed can live up to 20 years!

Learn more about the Balinese here.

Cornish Rex

In addition to their bat ears and big oval eyes, Cornish Rexes have a soft, short, wavy coat, the most striking feature of the breed. This considerably hypoallergenic cat breed sheds very little with curls beginning at their eyebrows and extending all over their body. However, don’t be fooled by the breed’s elegant, dainty appearance. Their athletic bodies help them climb, leap, and sprint to amazing heights, fueling the kitten-like antics that last throughout their life span.

Learn more about the Cornish Rex here.

Devon Rex

With impish looks and a playful personality, the Devon Rex is known as the pixie of the cat world. Their thin, curly coat doesn’t shed much, making the Devon Rex a low-maintenance breed. Their fur is warm to the touch and feels like soft suede, so the Devon Rex makes an ideal lap cat. Outgoing and friendly, these cats are social butterflies. Devon Rexes are delightful and silly in their antics, serving as a constant source of entertainment.

Learn more about the Devon Rex here.

Siberian Forest

Radiating a majestic appearance, the Siberian Forest is a robust cat with a rounded, contoured body and clown-like personality. The Siberian Forest is slow to mature, taking up to five years to fully develop. In the winter, their thick, water repellent, multiple-layered coat protects them from the cold, but in the summer, Siberians shed down to a shorter, sparser coat.

Learn more about the Siberian Forest here.


Known as the hairless cat, Sphynx have warm, leather-like skin covered by a fine down that feels like peach fuzz. Weekly sponge baths rid their loose skin of excess oil and keep their minimal dander at bay, making the breed well-accepted by allergy sufferers. Because Sphynx don’t have a coat to keep them warm, they tend to cozy up on your lap or like to snuggle with under the covers.

Learn more about the Sphynx here.

About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre

PetCare Advice Centre The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.

Last updated: 24 April 2015 at 11:25 AM
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