fatty acids in their diet to reduce shedding and dander. 4 Bathe the cat regularly, taking care to use only a safe, non-drying, herbal animal shampoo.
Karen Shaw Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive
integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mer- cola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com
10 BREEDS FOR ALLERGIC CAT LOVERS by Karen Shaw Becker
1 2 Balinese.
Sometimes called the “longhaired Siamese” for its luxurious coat, Bali- nese cats nevertheless produce less of the Fel d
1 protein than other breeds.
Russian Blue. Despite a short, dou- ble coat that is silky and plush to the touch, this cat also produces less Fel d 1 protein. They’re known for their loyalty and playful personality.
Bengal. Ben- gals’ uniquely fine fur requires less groom- ing than many others. Because they spend less time licking their fur, it contains less saliva and their dander is less likely
Devon Rex. The soft, short
and curly coat of this playful breed—known for remaining “kittens at heart”—may normally include bare, furless patches. They shed less
than many others. 5 6
The Oriental Shorthair encompasses more than 300 different colors and patterns, all with short, fine coats for minimal shedding. Regular
grooming helps control dander.
Cornish Rex. Similar to the Devon Rex, but with a curly fur coat, the Cornish Rex has only a soft undercoat of down hair, compared with a typical three lay-
ers, including an undercoat, middle “awn” hair and outer guard hair, so they shed less.
LaPerm. This cat’s
unique curly coat may help reduce the spread of dander.
Siberian. Some people
love the look of this long-haired, shag- gy-coated cat. They also produce less Fel d 1 protein than other breeds, even those with far less fur.
coat, just one of the three typical layers of coats common to cats, which means less shedding and dander to spread
around the home.
Reference: Paul Ciampanelli-collated research, Mom.me
Sphynx. A hairless cat, the Sphynx has no fur to trap allergens from their saliva. However, the Fel d 1 protein will still be present.
Javanese. This breed has only a top
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