One of the biggest reasons a family will not adopt a pet happens to be allergies. Sneezing and itchy red-eyes are an unfortunate sign that a person is allergic to a cat if one is around. Contrary to common belief, it is not the cat hair that people are allergic to. Cat allergies come from the saliva in a cat, as well as the proteins secreted by the skin. While no cat is completely hypoallergenic, this list below showcases hypoallergenic cats that are best suited for people with cat allergies.

Bengal

Although there is not scientific evidence that Bengal cats produce less Fel d1 protein (the cause of the allergy), bengal cats are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. For those with mild cat allergies, a bengal cat might just be the perfect choice.

Bengal cats are known for their gorgeous patterns often in the form of stripes and leopard spots. This breed was created through scientists crossing domestic cats with the Asian Leopard Cat breed, creating a fancier look and a hybrid breed.

Sphynx

Opposite to a Bengal cat, the Sphynx is known to be the “naked” cat because it is completely hairless. This breed comes from a genetic mutation that was found among domestic cats in the 1960s. Because it is hairless, the proteins in the cat’s saliva can’t be trapped by fur– making this cat a perfect choice for those with cat allergies. Sphynx cats are known to be lap cats, so if you’re looking for a cuddly, dog-like cat, this is the one.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex originates from Cornwall and are quite the social cats that thrive off of human attention. It’s not uncommon for this breed to have curly hair combined with large ears. Although humans aren’t allergic to cat hair itself, the less hair is better for allergies. The Cornish Rex is a great cat for allergies because rather than 3 layers of hair like most breeds, this breed only has the bottom layer, making their coat extra soft.

Russian Blue

While Russian Blues have standard hair for cat breeds, they do produce less Fel d1 protein, making them a great choice for those with cat allergies. The story of how this breed originated is an interesting one. It’s believed that Russian Blues originated about 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle and traveled with sailors on boats and then throughout Europe. Russian Blue cats will always have a gray/blue coat and green eyes unless they are crossed with another breed.