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What Kind of Cats Produce Less Dander?

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What Kind of Cats Produce Less Dander?

"I Don't Have Dander!" Willie is not happy at all!

"I Don't Have Dander!" Willie is not happy at all!

What Kind of Cats Produce Less Dander?

Have you ever wondered What Kind of Cats Produce Less Dander? And have you noticed that when some people get close to cats, they sneeze, and their eyes start to water? What is it about cat hair that does this to people?

What are we allergic to, and are there breeds of hypoallergenic cats available to help a cat lover?

Low-Allergen Cats

Hypoallergenic cats, aka low-allergen cats, have qualities that make it possible for most allergy sufferers to encounter a cat or even own one. And if you own one, it can help prevent those watery eyes and sneezing fits associated with cats!

The Scientificness of Cat Dander

“George, it’s got to be you making our cat parents sneeze!” “Seriously, Henry, I thought you just passed gas!”

“George, it’s got to be you making our cat parents sneeze!” “Seriously, Henry, I thought you just passed gas!”

The Scientificness of Cat Dander

What Causes This Allergy?

Some people are allergic to cats, which is a total bummer for those who love their felines. But rest assured, it's a common allergy that cat and non-cat lovers have!

What causes this allergy is the protein in the cat's saliva, skin, and urine resulting in "dander."

Cats get this on their fur during grooming sessions, and when the dander dries, it becomes airborne and sticks on every surface your cat encounters.

Allergic Reactions Long After the Cat Has Left the Building

Fel D 1 is why people have allergic reactions long after the cat has left the house! It is the result of their dander which is so small that it remains airborne for an extended period, and allergy sufferers can and will inhale this dander!

Microscopic views of pet dander.

Microscopic views of pet dander.

What Does Science Say About This?

Allergies in cats are your body's immune system acting like these harmless proteins are attacking it, which causes inflammation that makes your eyes water and itch and causes nasal congestion and sneezing.

When "adopted/shopping" for a new cat, keep in mind that not all cats' coats are considered hypoallergenic; in the past, there were some cat breeders that tried to breed 100% pure "hypoallergenic" cats, which they had no success at all because it's just not possible because of this Fel D1 allergen.

Oh dear, I wonder what their thinking, I know I must have it too… Poor George!

Oh dear, I wonder what their thinking, I know I must have it too… Poor George!

Hypoallergenic Cats Produce Less Dander

However, hypoallergenic cats produce less of this Fel D1 protein, which means less chance of allergy sufferers being allergic to a specific cat breed! Which is fantastic for people who love cats!

A small variety of hypoallergenic breeds are not prone to shedding, ranging from shorthaired, longhaired, fluffy, and hairless. It all depends on what you like and how the cat fits into your family home and lifestyle!

Hypoallergenic Breeds that Produce Less Dander

12 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds that don't shed!

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  • Balinese
  • Oriental Shorthair
  • Javanese
  • Cornish Rex
  • Bengals
  • Sphynx
  • Siberian
  • Burmese
  • ColorPoint Shorthair
  • Ocicat Devon Rex
  • Siamese
  • Russian Blue

The most beautiful cats with hypoallergenic coats

Look at the most beautiful cats with hypoallergenic coats and different breeds! Their nature and personalities are lovely. Some love to cuddle and take walks and others love to nap next to you and spend time with their family!

The Burmese Beauty - AKA the Chocolate Siamese

The Beautiful Burmese Cat

Coloring Foundation of "New Breeds"

The beautiful Burmese coloring is attractive and robust and has become the foundation for several "new" breeds such as Bombay, Tonkinese, and Burmilla. They are a highly sociable cat that is playful and loving to your family!

Attributes of the Burmese Cat:

  • Amusing
  • Playful
  • Super smart
  • Very talkative
  • Short-haired
  • Silky coat
  • Muscular (beautiful to watch them move!)
  • Produce less of the Fel D1 allergy-causing protein
  • A highly social cat
  • Longevity
  • An extremely healthy cat

Possible Congenital Deformity

The Burmese may be carriers of a congenital deformity that doesn’t affect the parents but will affect the kittens. Additionally, the Burmese ancestry dates back from Southeast Asia, and they were imported to Britain by soldiers who adored them.

The Gorgeous Siberian Cat


The Siberian Cats Claim to Fame

Unlike the Rex or Sphynx cat breeds, the Siberian cat's claim to fame is due to the belief they produce either none or extraordinarily little of the allergen compared to other cats.

Some allergy sufferers have reported having zero allergic reactions when surrounded by this cat!

Attributes of the Siberian Cat:

  • Medium to large cats – considered one of the giant breeds
  • Excellent mousers- they no longer must work on farms keeping the Siberian granaries mouse-free
  • Fluffy Cats – Dense-lush fur allows this cat to withstand harsh Russian winters.
  • Three layers to their coats with a moderately long coat.
  • Love-to-play
  • A few personality quirks – they love playing in the water and taking a full bath!
  • Extremely gentle feline – with a great temperament
  • Affectionate with its family

The Siberian Cat is beautiful, and its fur won't irritate those with allergies to dander, which is lovely for cat lovers!

Siberian and Siberian crosses are the best-tolerated cats for those with allergies because they produce less of the proteins that cause the allergen.

Interesting Fact.

The Siberian cat is Russia's national cat, also known as the Siberian Forest Cat. And they are also known as the Siberian or the Siberian cat and the Moscow Semi-Long-hair cat.

The Bengal Cat AKA the Asian Leopard Cat

Bengals Are a Mixed Breed

Bengals are a mix between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard cat, and they come in various beautiful colors with distinct markings. It's wise to prepare your budget before buying this cat breed because they are well over $2,000, if not more!

A High Energy Cat!

This cat is a moderately healthy breed and is perfect for families who have experience with large cats. Bengals have an incredible amount of energy and are the most energetic of the top five best hypoallergenic cats!

So, prepare to take this cat for daily walks more than once a day!

Attributes of the Bengal Cat:

  • A giant breed- considered one of the largest in the world today!
  • Playful and full of energy by nature, they love to run and walk on a leash.
  • Extremely Affectionate – a very loving cat
  • Athletic – not a lap cat – but enjoys human company
  • They groom themselves, so you will only need to groom them occasionally.
  • Their fur has less of the Fel D1 protein allergen.

The Striking Russian Blue


British Soldiers Loved This Cat!

The Russian Blue cat is graceful and beautiful! They are gentle with children and other pets and are happy to be around you. They have plush coats which seldom shed, so they don't require a lot of brushing!

People have loved this cat for many years, and it's believed that British soldiers brought it home from the White Sea port town of Archangel (Arkhangelsk) in Northern Russia.

Attributes of The Russian Blue:

  • Fine-boned
  • Muscular
  • Elegant slender cat
  • Pet and kid-friendly
  • Shy around strangers
  • Highly intelligent – Trainable to chase toys, fetch, and chase sunbeams!
  • Can be left alone and amuse itself for hours
  • Low in the protein causing allergen

Relief for Dander Sensitivities


How to Prevent and Relieve Cat Allergy Symptoms

Helpful Tips:

  • Purchase a Pet Air Purifier: this helps reduce the protein allergens in the home.
  • Use a good brush to keep your feline groomed
  • Wash bedding and toys at least once a week
  • Make sure to wash your hands after handling your cat
  • Refrain from touching your face or eyes after contact with your cat
  • Keep cat litter in a well-aired area and wash your hands after cleaning it
  • Take over-the-counter allergy relief medications to relieve your symptoms

That's a Wrap!

Various cat breeds don't shed, causing allergies to your family members. I've listed a few that you can choose from, and they all are loving, playful, and perfect for any family home!

Whether you love a cat with long fur, short, or straight any cat is a good one to have at home.

Do a little research of your own and find out what's best for your family and remember, a healthy cat is a happy cat!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2019 Donna Rayne


Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on December 28, 2019:

Thank you so much, Linda, I am glad you enjoyed it!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 28, 2019:

Thanks for creating this informative and interesting article. I always enjoy learning more about cats.

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