Scratch That Itch

Red, itchy eyes. Coughing or wheezing. A blotchy rash. Cat allergies don’t have to be this miserable—although there are no totally hypoallergenic breeds, some produce less of the protein Fel d 1 that causes our symptoms. This allergen is produced in cat saliva—not their fur—so your feline doesn’t need to be hairless for you to get relief. If you have cat allergies but still want to add a furry friend to your family, here are a few cute, cuddly kitties to consider adopting.

>> BALINESE: Don’t be fooled by its longer hair; this breed is known for its hypoallergenic properties, and it is intelligent and gets along well with other humans and animals.

>> RUSSIAN BLUE: These short-haired cats are famous for their shiny blue/grey coats; they are affec­tionate and easily trained but may become timid around unfamiliar faces.

>> SIBERIAN: Even with its semi-long coat, this breed naturally sheds less and produces less dander and Fel d 1. Multiple sources claim that 75 percent of allergy sufferers have no reaction to the Siberian.