Here is some information on "hypoallergenic cats." There really is no such thing but some produce less allergens then others. There is a list of breeds at the bottom. http://www.airborne-allergens.com/h...-
Pet Allergies: Four-Legged and Feathered Friends
Conflicting information about pet allergies generates a great deal of confusion among animal lovers. Perhaps because of our love for our furry friends, many myths have been generated about pet dander, hypoallergenic dogs and hypoallergenic cats.
Often people don't want to hear the most basic fact about pet allergens: the best way to avoid the allergy is to remove the allergen from the household. If you can't bear to part with your furry friend, however, you can employ several methods to minimize the allergic symptoms.
Pet Dander, Urine and Saliva
A commonly held belief is that people with animal allergies are allergic to fur or feathers. This isn't usually true. Instead, oil secretions in the animalâ€™s skin accounts for most cat and dog allergies. The oil is transferred to your environment (and your respiratory passages) by dander, or dead skin that flakes off your pet's body. If you'd like a more detailed explanation of pet dander, check out Pets in the News.
There may be no such thing as hypoallergenic dogs, but recent research suggests that living with animals as children may actually protect against pet allergies: at least for the first six years of life. Studies indicate that children who live with pets from birth on may develop less severe allergies than children who are isolated from animals in their early years. The theory requires more research, but indicates that exposure to pets isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Other people are allergic to animal saliva. The dog or cat cleans itself, and saliva proteins stick to its skin and fur. This explains, in part, why cat allergies are more common than dog allergies: cats groom themselves more frequently than dogs. Cats also tend to be held more than dogs, and their smaller size means they're typically kept in the house more often. Animal urine also contains allergy-causing proteins. As the urine dries, particles become airborne, and can travel throughout the house.
Because most people aren't actually allergic to animal fur, claims that shorthaired breeds cause fewer allergies aren't really true. Fur length has nothing to do with the amount of dander an animal sheds. Different animals shed at different rates. If you suffer from dog or cat allergies, but are planning on bringing a pet into your home, try to spend some time with the individual animal first. Certainly determine how your allergies react to the pet before you bring it home.
Shorthaired breeds may cause less severe allergic reactions than longhaired breeds if you react solely to animal saliva, but reactions vary from one individual to another. Lists of breeds commonly considered to cause the fewest or mildest allergies are given below:
(aka Oriental Hairless)