25 Cats that Don’t Shed

Owning cats that shed a lot can be overwhelming, but nevertheless, cats are still loveable. Although if you are one who can’t tolerate high shedding cats because of medical reasons like allergies or any other illness, there’s still hope for you! Get low shedding cats or cats that don’t shed at all as your feline companions! As later down the line you won't be thinking, should I shave my cat? Here are some of non-shedding cat breeds:

Non Shedding Cat Breeds Countdown

1. Bengal Cat

The Bengal cat is like a wonder cat, not to mention a very adorable and cute one! The Bengal cat looks like a normal domestic cat, with the fur and all – except that this cat’s fur looks a lot thicker and the pattern found in its fur looks very much like that of a tiger’s. Don’t be fooled!

Despite the thick looking fur of a Bengal cat, it actually sheds less than other cats because its fur is relatively shorter than other cats’. They are really wonderful to look at and yet needs little maintenance. Did you know that Bengal cats are actually one of those hybrid breeds? It is half domestic cat and half wild Asian cat.

2. Birman Cat

The Birman cat breed looks so fluffy and squishy! Probably because of its thick and long coat, it looks like it could shed a lot, but you will be surprised to know that despite the long coat that this cat has – its fur does not shed that much and does not matt at all!

Caring for this cat is going to be hassle-free, just make sure to brush its coat occasionally to rid it of old fur. This cat breed originated from Burma but is prevalent in the Western side of the world due to the efforts of French breeders who brought it there.

3. Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

Here is another breed of cats that sheds relatively lesser than other cats. When they shed, their fur does not easily fall off – this is because their fur is short, and thus they are referred to as the Shorthair. You will be able to get rid of the fur that has been shed if you brush it off their coat, otherwise – it is very manageable.

The Colorpoint Shorthair is actually a man-made breed. A close relative of the Siamese cat, the Colorpoint is the offspring of a Siamese cat and an American Shorthair. You will see that the Colorpoint Shorthair resembles the Siamese cat in its head structure. The Cats Fanciers’ Association elaborates on how some breeders then thought that having a Siamese breed with an American Shorthair would be beautiful. And so another breed of shorthair cats is born!

4. Cornish Rex Cat

Cornish Rex breeds differ from cats that seem to have that skin-like texture and appearance for body covering, by having a true coat. Although, it is still a low shedding cat because, despite the presence of a true coat, the fur is short and sparse making it less likely to shed.

A Cornish Rex is also one of those cat breeds that are friendly and really affectionate. Apparently, Cornish Rex breeds also belong to the smallest cat breeds there is.

5. Devon Rex Cat

You might be wondering: “Why is it that a Devon Rex looks very much like the Cornish Rex?” Well, you will be surprised to know that these two breeds are not related at all.

They just share the same feature that most hairless cats do – the presence of only the down fur, making them shed lesser than most cats do. A Devon Rex is known as the alien cat because of its unusually big ears.

6. Donskoy Cat

A Donskoy is of Russian descent. This cat looks very much like a Sphynx cat, maybe because they share the same features like having that very fine down layer.

What is unique about this cat is that it has to sweat in order to get rid of the excess heat that is present in its body. Cats like these find it hard to regulate their body temperature, so they have to find other means to do so.

7. Exotic Shorthair Cat

Now, you might think of the Exotic Shorthair as a twin of the Persian cat. Their semblance is really great! But if you will notice the Exotic Shorthair’s coat is much shorter than that of a Persian cat. This makes it easier to keep an Exotic Shorthair around because it does not get fur all over your place. Brush their coat from time to time to remove fur that has been shed.

8. Japanese Bobtail Cat

Coming face to face with a Japanese Bobtail for the first time, might raise your alarms up, because its tail was seemingly cut off. No worries, though! This is the unique characteristic of a Japanese Bobtail!

Fun Fact: A Japanese Bobtail’s tail is very much like our fingerprints, no two tails are alike! Can you believe that? Its tail varies in angle, curls, color, length – all depending on the cat's body structure, creating balance. One thing in common is that the tail won't extend for more than 3 inches from its body.

When deciding to get a Japanese Bobtail as your feline companion, you better make sure that the one that you’ll get is the shorthair variation of the Bobtail. This is because the Japanese Bobtail also comes in the longhair variation. The shorthair variation of the Japanese Bobcat significantly sheds less, and interestingly, sheds infrequently.

9. Javanese Cat

If you really love cats that have fur on them but are having problems when it comes to their shedding due to various reasons, then probably the Javanese cat will be your best partner-in-crime. Plus! If you are not fond of the supposed alternative for furry cats, getting a Javanese cat is the best solution for your dilemma.

Javanese cats only have guard hairs present which makes them closely resemble normal cats that usually shed more. This feature of Javanese cats makes them shed lesser without looking like the nearly hairless breeds of cats.It has a rare cat coat color, so that's a bonus.

10. Korat Cat

Giving a Korat cat a quick glance, you would easily confuse it with the Russian Blue cat breed. Its coat and eyes are quite similar to that of the Russian Blue. The Korat originates from Thailand and you will notice that it also has very short fur.

11. LaPerm Cat

A cat coming from the LaPerm breed is very unique. Well for one, the cat’s breed is named as such because of its fur. Upon closer inspection, you will find out why the cat’s name is LaPerm – well it is because the cat’s fur is curly! Having said that, you will expect that this breed of cats will most likely shed less compared to other cat breeds.

12. Oriental Cat

The Oriental cat breed is an offshoot of the Siamese cat breed. The Oriental breed came about by combining multiple other breeds like the Russian Blue, Abyssinians, etc.

The Oriental cat differs from the Siamese breed in color and pattern, but just like the Siamese cat, the Oriental cat retained the low shed feature of a Siamese cat. Oriental cats do not shed as much and if you want to get rid of old fur; then you have to brush it off its body.

No worries about having to clean up after this cat when it sheds, it is very easy to manage. Heck, you might not even notice that this cat has shed!

13. Peterbald Cat

This cat has a funny twist to its name, I know, but kidding aside! A Peterbald is a close descendant of the Donskoy.

You may be surprised with some Peterbalds as some of them are born with some hair while most of them are really born with a coat just like that of the Donskoy’s. 

Being a close descendant of the Donskoy, Peterbalds born with hair eventually loses the hair as they grow older. They have slender bodies and relatively smaller heads than most cats and they have very large ears, which accents their eyes very well.

Just like the Donskoy, they are also smart and friendly to their human companions.

14. Russian Blue Cat

Did you know that the Russian Blue originated from Russia? Well, obviously? Kidding aside! The real trivia is that the Russian Blue is sometimes also referred to as the Archangel Blues.

As Wikipedia Russian Blue Cat puts it, during the 1860s some sailors took some Russian Blues from the Archangel Isles and brought it to Great Britain and some parts of Europe; I guess that explains the proliferation of this cat breed in these areas.

A Russian Blue has a blueish gray coat. They shed at approximately once or twice a year – really manageable!

15. Siamese Cat

Who wouldn’t recognize this adorable cat? The Siamese cat has its roots in Thailand. Thailand is also known to be called as Siam – thus, a cat originated from it is called Siamese cat. Recently, Siamese cats seem to reach most parts of the world!

When it comes to maintenance and management, the Siamese cat fairs really well. It is because a Siamese cat has a coat that sort of catches all the fur that has been shed. Meaning, even if a Siamese cat sheds, no fur will be all over the place and your stuff. You just have to brush its coat during shedding season to get rid of fallen fur. You may be thinking, should I shave my cat? Well read our guide on that first!

16. Siberian Cat

If you are not that into hairless cats or nearly hairless cats, you will like how Siberian cat breeds are so furry. Their coat is thick and big, giving them that regal look all the time. Siberian cats appear to be so big because their big, thick fur takes up most of the space.

No worries, though! Despite the cat’s thick and large fur, you will not get hassled by too much hair lying around once it sheds. It’s amazing how their fur does not go to unwanted places. This is because when they shed, the down layer gets caught between the awn and the guard layers. In turn, it becomes easier and more manageable for Siberian cat owners to clean after Siberian cat breeds when they shed.

17. Turkish Angora Cat

Oh, this cat breed is one of the cute and pretty ones! They have a long coat that makes them look elegant. But due to the lack of undercoat, a Turkish Angora’s fur does not shed too much. And if they do shed, fallen fur gets trapped and does not fully fall off from their bodies. 

You will rarely find a Turkish Angora that comes in other colors; it almost always comes in white. The Turkish Angora has its roots in Turkey, thus the name Turkish Angora.

What is Different With These Cats?

The reason why some cats differ in the presence of hair lies in their genes of course. It all depends on the breed of the cat whether or not they will have more or lesser hair. But in its most basic sense, cats have three layers of body covering: guard, awn, and down. Some cats have all the layers present (these cats are usually the cats that shed a lot), some have just one (these cats are usually the hairless ones or the nearly hairless cats). Understanding this aspect in a cat’s anatomy is helpful in knowing which cats will shed a lot and which cats will shed less.

Care and Maintenance

Cats that shed, low shedding cats or cats that don’t shed alike needs care for their fur and coats; here are some products that are recommended for pet care: the key to preventing your cats from too much shedding is.

SynergyLabs SHED-X Dermaplex Shed Control Nutritional Supplement - A scientifically formulated answer to excessive shedding, designed to treat shedding in 3-5 weeks. This is a nutritional supplement that has to be taken in by your cat – it is a purrfect working of fixing things on the inside to translate into great results outside. It is very easy to use and you will not have any problems with your cat taking it in. You can just have it mixed with your cat’s food.

Evercare Pet Hair Lint Roller Refills - Aside from using nutritional supplements that have to be taken in, you can also use external shed-control like Evercare Pet Hair Lint Roller. You can actually also use this alongside supplements, hair lint rollers like these pick up hair from almost any surface. It is made to be extra sticky to get rid of the hairs that your pet cat shed.

Gone were the days when we have to mindlessly vacuum every nook and cranny in the house or look for fur balls in places we do not even know where, very much like looking for cat pee, (Read: 7 tips on how to find cat pee) to thoroughly be able to have the house cleaned.

Shedding no more!

Do not let shedding stop you from your love of cats! Consider getting the low shedding cats and cats that don’t shed that we’ve just talked about above. You will be pleased to know that they are still the adorable cats that you learned to love, minus the cat hair everywhere!

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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