8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least

By Ameera Mills. Updated: March 3, 2022
8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least

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When we think about adopting a cat, we must take into account several different aspects. We need to choose the different the ideal feline ideal according to its personality, our home and our availability of time and space. For example: some cats are known to shed a lot of hair in and around the house and they need to receive frequent brushing to avoid health and living issues. However, some feline breeds are characterized by less hair loss and require simpler and quicker care.

In this AnimalWised atircle we will inform you of 8 cat breeds that she the least.

However, we must emphasize just because a feline releases less hair they are still not suitable to people who are susceptible to cat allergies. About 80% of these allergic reactions are caused by the protein Fel D1 (present mainly in the skin and in the saliva of the cat) and not because of their hair, which is a commonly known myth.

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1. Cats without hair

The so-called "bald cats" or cats without hair often generate very contradictory feelings in people, but no one is able to deny that these cats do not go unnoticed wherever they go. For some people, their unique and incomparable beauty is worthy of our admiration. But many may feel fear or surprise when they see these cats because of the very particular physical appearance that their "naked" skin offers. Despite being known as "hairless cats" or "bald", these felines do actually have a thin layer of very tiny and soft hairs, which (logically) fall with much less frequency and intensity than cats who have abundant fur.

The Sphynx is the most commonly known hairless cat. But there are in fact 6 other breeds of hairless cats:

  • The Elf cat ("Elf cat")
  • The Bambino
  • The Donskoy (also called Don sphynx)
  • The Ukrainian levkoy
  • The Peterbald
  • The Kohana (a breed native to Hawaii that is the only completely bald cat and has not yet been officially recognized).

Despite their apparent fragility, these cats are strong and resilient, with well-developed muscles throughout their body. Although each individual and breed have a unique character, bald cats are usually distinguished by their balanced temperament and great affability. It is also important to note that hairless cats need special care when it comes to their grooming and the maintenance of their skin.

However, we must emphasize that sphinx cats are not among the hypoallergenic feline breeds, which is why they are not recommended for children and adults suffering from respiratory or skin allergies.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 1. Cats without hair

2. Cats that lose less hair: the Siamese

Siamese cats are not among the most popular cat breeds in the world simply by chance, but thanks to their varied and numerous lovely qualities. In addition to their undeniable beauty adorned by large clear eyes, the Siamese is one of the most expressive, active and intelligent cats. And in addition, they are one of the breeds that is known to shed less hair.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 2. Cats that lose less hair: the Siamese

3. The Turkish Angora cat

Angora cats make up one of the oldest and most beautiful feline breeds in the world. Although its white fur is its most common and appreciated characteristic, there are also the less-commonly known beautiful Angora cats with grey hair.

These kittens are owners of an active and interesting temperament and enjoying playing, jumping and sharing good times with their families. As they are very devoted and faithful to their guardians (with whom they usually create a very special bond), Angoras can become possessive when they do not receive quality training. Therefore, they need to be socialized early to learn to relate to other people, animals and toys.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 3. The Turkish Angora cat

4. The Siberian Cat

The long and abundant coat of the Siberian cat can give us the impression that this breed sheds a lot of hair. However, due to its high natural oiliness, the hair of these animals does not fall easily. Additionally, Siberian cats are known to be hypoallergenic.

Despite their calm and balanced temperament, Siberian cats enjoy playing and napping with their owners. They are also very affectionate and loyal, accustomed to greeting their loved ones upon arrival and following them around the house.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 4. The Siberian Cat

5. The Cornish Rex

This beautiful feline breed originated in the 60’s in England. Despite its abundant and somewhat rebellious wavy coat, the mantle of Cornish Rex is actually short and are firmly attached to their skin, unable to fall easily.

These cats are very energetic and playful and need a lot of attention from their owners. When they are well stimulated and receive the affection they deserve, they are perfect companions for families with children. However, if they lead a sedentary routine or spend many hours alone, they are very susceptible to developing behavioral problems.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 5. The Cornish Rex

6. The Tonkinese Cat

The Tonkinese cat originates from Canada and other regions of the United States, and emerged from crosses between Burmese and Siamese cats. In addition to being very affectionate and playful, these cats stand out for their intelligence and strong ability to memorize. These characteristics make them very predisposed to training.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 6. The Tonkinese Cat

7. The Devon Rex

This breed have little hair and are hypoallergenic. They are also very active, affectionate and playful. The Devon Rex need to expel energy and keep their mind stimulated to maintain good health and a balanced temperament. Therefore, they require a lot of attention from their owners for physical and mental stimulation. They also enjoy receiving affection and playing for long periods of time with their owners.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 7. The Devon Rex

8. LaPerm

LaPerm cats are actually not a very popular breed. However, they do exhibit beauty and the advantage of little shedding, placing them under the umbrella of hypoallergenic feline breeds. These beautiful cats, with their curly hair, love to spend time with their owners and are considered hyper affectionate. Therefore, they require a lot of attention and are not recommended for people who are looking for an independent pet.

8 Cat Breeds That Shed The Least - 8. LaPerm

Does your cat shed a lot of hair?

Do you ever wonder why your cat is loosing a lot of hair? Hair loss in cats can derive because of nutritional deficiencies, stress or skin disease. Therefore, if you notice that your cat is losing more hair than usual, do not hesitate to go to your veterinarian.

However, there are some preventative measures you can take to try and decrease the amount of hair that your cat is shedding, such as:

  • Brush it regularly, respecting the frequency and use products specific to the need of its coat.
  • Offer your animal a complete and balanced diet.
  • Provide your animal with a calm and positive environment, where your cat can feel safe to develop a healthy and strong nature.
  • Offer your animal adequate preventive medicine throughout its life, including regular visits to the veterinarian and respecting its vaccination and deworming calendar.

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