Fun fact: people with cat allergies are generally symptomatic of saliva on the hair, not the hair itself, so no cat is truly 100% hypoallergenic. Low-shedding cats, however, tend to carry the lowest risk of aggravating allergies. They can also be the ideal companion for owners with asthma or those who have trouble cleaning up mounds of cat hair. Cats that don't shed are a diverse group. Whether someone prefers their cat breeds energetic or mellow, hairless or fluffy, there's a low-shedding kitty that will match them perfectly.
Turkish Angora is delightfully fluffy and soft, with a single long coat and no undercoat, making grooming easy. Brushing them once or twice a week with a fine-toothed comb is enough to keep shedding down to a minimum. They're sweet, quiet cats who would thrive in a playful home with well-established routines.
A particularly adorable breed of short hair cat, Singapuras are known for their short stature and big eyes. They are extremely active cats who require a lot of attention and play. Grooming is a breeze as their short coat barely sheds and only requires a weekly brush. Singapuras could be a perfect fit for a busy family as they tend to get along well with children and other pets.
Cat breeds with curly hair tend to shed less. The Devon Rex and Cornish Rex are both short hairs with low-shedding wavy coats. While there are some differences in physical traits between the breeds, both are energetic and mischievous. These cats keep their owners on their toes, particularly when it comes to sneaking snacks off of human plates. They're eager to please, which makes them relatively trainable as cats go.
Bengal cats are as close as most people can hope to having a leopard for a pet. They have a striking spotted coat made of fine, short hairs that shed so little owners may not notice it at all. Closely related to the wild Asian Leopard cat, Bengals are highly energetic, intelligent, and athletic cats. This is not an easy breed for beginners, but they thrive when given plenty of exercise and attention.
If someone is looking for a cat that truly does not shed, the Sphynx may be their best bet. A hairless breed (though some may have fine peach fuzz on their faces and limbs), Sphynx tend to be extroverts, often running to greet visitors at the door, and they love cuddling. They benefit from experienced cat owners who can handle a highly active and opinionated pet.
A cross between the American short hair and Persian cats, exotic short hairs inherited the distinct facial features of a Persian and the low-shedding qualities of their short hair ancestors. They're mellow and happy to stay home alone for long periods, but their coat requires daily brushing to keep it from matting. Quiet, low-energy homes are ideal for exotic short hairs.
LaPerm cats are known for their distinctive curly coats. Their hair isn't just low-shedding; it's also resistant to matting, which minimizes the time owners need to spend grooming. Just a light combing, and the LaPerm is good to go. These cats are ideal for less experienced cat owners as they love cuddling and tend to be easy-going, playful, and affectionate.
Bombay cats resemble tiny black panthers, with short dark hair and a stocky build. They're not hypoallergenic, but they shed very little and are easy to groom and clean up after. Sometimes a Bombay will mellow as they age, but they still love attention and playtime. While most cats are creatures of habit, Bombays adapt relatively easily to change, making them a good match for spontaneous owners.
A smaller, fluffier cousin of Siamese cats, the Birman cat has silky fur that sheds very little. They're a calm, affectionate breed with a soft meow, an ideal pet for owners who want a cuddly, low-energy cat to lounge around the house with them. Birman cats get along well with children and often have a colorpoint pattern to their fur.
Russian blue cats can be a bit fussy about their routine and cleanliness, but they make up for it in charm and playfulness. Their distinctive blue-grey coat is short, and they produce less of the protein in their saliva and hair that causes allergic reactions in humans, making them a good potential pet for those with cat allergies. They're sweet-tempered, loyal, and love to climb.
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