Cat allergies are one of the top five reasons why cats are returned to shelters. However, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 10 million people choose to share their homes with cats and dogs despite being allergic.
Being allergic to cats does not have to mean that you can’t share your life with cats. In addition to numerous things you can do to manage your cat allergies and still have all the benefits of sharing your life with cats, there are several breeds that produce fewer allergens. No cat breed is completely “hypoallergenic.” In a recent article for Answers.com, I explored the topic of cat allergies and introduced some of these hypoallergenic breeds. Click here to read the full article.
And keep in mind that you don’t have to necessarily purchase your hypoallergenic cat from a breeder. Shelters often have purebred cats who were abandoned by their guardians. There are also breed-specific rescue groups that may be able to help you find the right cat for you.