10 Cat Breeds that Shed Less Than Others
Cats make excellent companions. But what if you have allergies? There are plenty of non-shedding dog breeds, but can the same be said for cats? Luckily, there are a few cat breeds that don’t shed (or shed less than others).
There are two types of cat allergies: dander and protein. If you are allergic to dander, you may be able to tolerate a cat without a double coat. Most cat breeds have a wooly undercoat and a coarse outer coat.
Cat breeds like the Cornish Rex, Sphynx, and Devon Rex don’t have this type of coat, making them more tolerable for those with allergies.
If you are allergic to protein rather than dander, unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options.
Protein can be found in a cat’s saliva, regardless of their breed. Make sure to check with your doctor or take an allergy test to determine if a cat is an option for your home.
Below are 10 cat breeds that shed less than most cats if you're looking for a new feline friend.
- Bombay: This friendly little house panther is a great family pet.
- Sphynx: This hairless cat is a great option to avoid allergies; although this is a non-shedding cat breed, they still produce dander.
- Siamese: This is an outgoing breed that loves the company of humans.
- Colorpoint Shorthair: This cat breed is very chatty and devoted.
- Burmese: These cats are almost dog-like in with their mellow attitudes.
- Devon Rex: The Devon Rex is a small breed with large eyes; they tend to be relaxed and social.
- Russian Blue: The Russian Blue is a great breed for homes with cats, dogs, and children.
- Siberian: Siberians have long fluffy coats, but they shed much less than other long-hair breeds.
- Bengal: Bengal cats are highly active and vocal; they will demand your attention when they want something!
- Cornish Rex: The Cornish Rex has a curly coat and large ears; they can be quite demanding and grow very attached to their families.
Completely non-shedding cat breeds are few and far between. If you have a severe allergy, it’s best to avoid bringing a cat into your home. If your allergies are mild, one of the breeds above could be a great option.
There are a few hypoallergenic cat breeds to check out as well: the Bambino, British Shorthair, Levkoy, Peterbald, and Sphynx.