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Want to adopt a cat, but suffer from allergies? Maybe you’ve tried coping by taking antihistamines, and have a HEPA air filter in your home. You may have even heard the term "hypoallergenic pet" but not know it applies to cats.
Some feline breeds exist that are considered "hypoallergenic," or produce fewer allergens than others. Cats do produce pet dander, a common allergen, but the culprit for the estimated 10 percent of the population who are allergic to cats may be a protein, Fel d 1, that is present in cat saliva.
Technically, there are no 100 percent hypoallergenic domestic cats. The following is a guideline which petMD recommends for people who want to adopt a feline, yet feel options are limited due to allergies:
- Siberian (Less of the Fel d 1 protein)
- Balinese (Less of the Fel d 1 protein)
- Colorpoint Shorthair
- Cornish Rex
- Devon Rex
- Oriental Shorthair
- Russian Blue
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Any substance with the potential to produce an allergic reaction in an animal prone to such a reaction.