About 10 percent of the population is totally allergic to our feline friends. If you're one of them, you've likely experienced the Itching, scratching and sneezing that comes from a close encounter of the kitty kind. Those unpleasant reactions are caused by a certain protein in cats' saliva, skin and urine, according to WebMD.
However, for cat lovers who experience these symptoms -- there's a solution. Certain kitty breeds produce less of this particular protein, which can nix some of those irritating side effects that arise from being around cats.
These cats are called "hypoallergenic," and there are 27 breeds in all, according to research engine FindTheBest. See them all in the slideshow below:
27 hypoallergenic cat breeds
27 cat breeds that won't make your eyes itch
Coat: Dense, heavy undercoat, long, silky Max Weight: 11 pounds Origin: United States
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Coat: Long or short, plush, silky Max Weight: 9 pounds Origin: United States
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Coat: Long Max Weight: 10 pounds Origin: United States
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Coat: Long or short, dense, heavy undercoat, plush, silky Max Weight: 13 pounds Origin: Great Britain