Cats are undoubtedly incredible creatures, having an innate ability to work their way into your heart and soul. However, when your cat sheds, their fur also works its way into every fiber of your furniture and clothing — not so fun. Fortunately, there are numerous cat breeds, and some of them shed less than others. This means, if you prefer a feline that doesn’t deposit their fur all over the place, you’ve got several low-shedding cat breeds to choose from.
Why Do Cats Shed?
Shedding is a natural part of being a cat, and its primary purpose is for temperature control. Therefore, cats tend to shed more in the spring and the summer when the weather gets warmer. It’s sort of like how humans stop wearing coats and jackets when the seasons change and the temperatures start to rise.
For this reason, you’ll likely notice your feline friend doesn’t drop as much fur during the winter, and in some cases, indoor cats can tend to shed less than those that spend most of their time outdoors.
Why Do You Want a Low-Shedding Cat Breed?
Before you decide that getting a low-shedding breed will solve all of your cat-related problems, you need to take some time to pinpoint what exactly those problems are. For example, if you’re simply tired of cleaning up your pet’s mess and having a couch covered in cat hair, a low-shed breed is an excellent solution. While even these kitties will shed a little, you can tackle the hair in a pinch with something like this purr-fectly precious FurDozer X6 Pet Hair Remover.
However, if you suffer from cat allergies, there are a few extra considerations. You don’t necessarily have to give up your dreams of the pitter-patter of kitty paws around the house, but it depends. Some allergies stem from cat dander, which means finding a low-shedding breed without a double coat and keeping up with regular brushings can make your feline dreams a reality.
However, if you are allergic to the protein in cats’ saliva (Fel d 1), this is, unfortunately, another story. In this instance, opting for a low-shedding breed won't resolve your issue. Therefore, before making the official step into kitty parenthood, determine your specific cat allergy.
10 Low-Shedding Cat Breeds
If, after a bit of detective work and reflection on your part, you determine that a cat that sheds very little will be the perfect solution for you, then it’s time to consider your options. While most cats feature thick, double coats, some varieties, including several rare cat breeds, don’t. Therefore, focus most of your attention on cats with single coats (or even hairless breeds) if you want a low-shedder.
Here’s a glance at ten low-shedding cat breeds:
This beautiful feline resembles a small leopard with its gorgeously patterned, plush coat that is quite unlike any other domestic cat. Possessing a charming nature and enduring energy, Bengals make affectionate playmates well into their senior years. These graceful animals are typically medium to large in size, well-muscled, and come in many varieties of patterns and colors.
Like Bengals resemble little leopards, Bombay cats look like miniature black panthers, featuring sleek, shiny black coats and beautiful copper eyes. Their look isn't just happenstance; it's the result of careful breeding of an American Shorthair with a sable Burmese, intending to create a domestic cat that resembled India's wild panthers. Bombays make intelligent and playful companions, get along well with children, and can adapt quickly to new situations.
Featuring a soft, silky coat that requires very little care beyond some daily petting, the Burmese makes an excellent choice for someone looking for a light shedder. The first Burmese was a result of breeding a small cat from Burma with a Siamese. These friendly felines adore companionship, getting along well with kids and even the family dog. In fact, many people liken the antics of the Burmese to dog-like behaviors. They're extremely intelligent, charming, and playful well into their adult years.
The intelligent and loyal Colorpoint Shorthair comes in several color varieties and results from breeding a red tabby American Shorthair with a seal point Siamese. Colorpoints have muscular bodies and short coats requiring very little grooming. They are very in-tune with their human companions’ emotions and love to curl up on your lap or snuggle up under the covers.
This active kitty loves to play for a lifetime, enjoys games, and craves the company of people. The Cornish Rex features a short, curly coat that sits close to the body, has a super-soft feel, and sheds very little. Despite a somewhat delicate appearance, these small to medium-sized kitties are very sturdy.
Some Devons have curly coats while others can have a smoother appearance, and they tend not to shed as much as other cats. If you have a Devon Rex in the family, prepare to have a permanent shadow; this loving, playful feline has an intense loyalty that will have them at your heels. These impish kitties also won’t hesitate to try to win you over with their large, almost puppy-dog-like eyes (usually to try and persuade a few morsels of your meal from your fingertips).
This naturally occurring breed results from a mutation and possesses a distinctly unique look, with a sometimes almost hairless appearance during the “molting” stage. The medium-sized Lykoi loves to play with people and other cats, and sometimes even dogs. This intelligent feline’s coat is actually soft to the touch and has no undercoat, making the Lykoi best-suited for indoors.
The Russian Blue has a striking appearance, thanks especially to its silvery blue, short and plush coat. The breed sheds very infrequently, and grooming is low-key. This gentle feline shows lots of affection and sensitivity toward its family while perhaps being a bit shy around strangers.
Originally from Thailand (previously Siam), Siamese cats have a regal air while possessing an inquisitive and sharp nature. They’re a beautiful breed, with almond-shaped eyes and silky coats. They are also very affectionate, and you’ll likely end up with your Siamese right by your side whenever you’re around.
One look at this distinctive breed, and you can probably guess why it is considered a low-shedding cat. The Sphynx is one of just a handful of naturally hairless felines in the whole world. They’re loving and silly and also very intelligent, sturdy, and make fine companions. If you have a severe cat allergy, this could be a good match for you. In addition to the lack of hair, Sphynxes’ also have a lower level of the Fel D 1 protein throughout their body.
Tips for Finding the Right Cat for You
When choosing a breed, take your time and do your research. Also, make sure you spend some time with your future kitty first. Even low-shedding cats can stir up your allergies, so it’s essential to see how you’ll react before making a final decision.
If you also want to add a canine companion to the family, several dog breeds are great for people with allergies. Despite what years of movies and cartoons and other stereotypes would have you believe, cats and dogs can get along. Plus, if they become best friends, they may even share a Neater Feeder. Make sure to check out our blog for more helpful tips on how you can create a harmonious home for you and your pets.