Think about hypoallergenic breeds.
There are a few cat breeds that are considered hypoallergenic, or at least beneficial to allergy sufferers, including the following:
- Sphynx: Sphynx cats have fine, scant hair.
- Rex: Some rex breeds, such as the Devon Fine, have wavy, or curly hair on Rex may not trap dander as well as thicker coats.
- Siberian: These cats lack the Fel d 1 protein in their saliva, which turns into dander after brushing, which may be beneficial to allergy sufferers.
See if there is a local cat exhibition where you can see these specific breeds if you want to learn more about them. Many cat breed clubs host exhibits that emphasize certain breeds.
Visit Your Local Animal Shelter
Consider adoption once you believe your allergies are under control. Here’s how to go about visiting your local animal shelter or attending a cat adoption event.
- Dress comfortably and casually.
- Take any allergy medications before you go.
- Expect to spend around an hour at the shelter or event.
- Take a couple of cats into a private room, one at a time, if one is available, and spend some time with each one.