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The best and worst cat breeds for allergy sufferers

Benadryl® Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Benadryl® | Slide 1 of 11

You've got your heart set on adopting an adorable fluffy little kitten but there's just one catch: your allergy. If the merest of interactions with a cat brings on sneezing, a runny nose and itchy puffy eyes, you're certainly not alone.

An estimated 4.8 million people in the UK are sensitive to cat allergens. Scientists have identified eight cat allergens, but a protein called Fel d 1, which is produced by the sebaceous, salivary and anal glands and stored in the cat's dead skin cells, the dander, and its fur is considered to be the major culprit.

Luckily, you may not have to go without that cute kitten. While some breeds are definitely worth steering clear of completely, others produce fewer allergens and less fur to carry the offending proteins, and many mild allergy sufferers report minimal if any symptoms with these 'hypoallergenic' cats. To help you choose that perfect pussycat, we've rounded-up the best and worst breeds for allergy-prone people.

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