Spring is in the air, and you know what that means—our furry felines will soon be shedding part of their winter coats. Even indoor kitties lose hair as we enter the warmer months. Whether you’re averse to finding cat hair all over your furniture (not to mention in your coffee mug) or hoping to avoid hairballs around the house, you’ve probably wondered: Are there cats that don’t shed? Yes, actually—check out these 15 breeds!
Cats That Don’t Shed: Hairless
Your most obvious choice is to adopt a hairless cat. (Let it be known, though, that hairless cat breeds still require grooming: Instead of brushing away cat fur, you’ll need to bathe your cat weekly to remove oils from their skin.)
Though mostly a hairless breed, some Sphynx have a fine down on their body. The Sphynx is a sturdy, medium-boned, athletic, and muscular cat that loves to be the center of attention.
The Peterbald cat may be totally hairless or have a coat of downy soft hair. He is a highly intelligent, aggressively affectionate cat that will entertain you with his playful antics.
The Donskoy is typically hairless, with wrinkled skin that feels hot and velvety to the touch. He is unique in that he can grow a winter coat of fine wool on the chest and tail, and will lose it when the weather warms.
The Minskin is a cross between the Munchkin and the Sphynx. The belly is hairless, but there are patches of fur on some parts of the body. The Minskin loves to snuggle and is known for being a lap cat.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is a recent breed with a distinct appearance, having inward-folding ears and little to no hair. The Levkoy is a friendly, playful, laid-back, and intelligent cat.
Cats That Don’t Shed: Rex
If you prefer a cat with fur but still want to avoid those errant hairs, consider a rex cat. Rex cats have unique curly coats that do not typically shed.
The Cornish Rex has a curly coat that is very short, lies close to the body, and is incredibly soft to the touch. Her coat gives her a lamb-like appearance. She is a confident, people-oriented cat that loves to play fetch.
The majority of the Devon Rex’s coat is soft, curly down hair. She sports oversized ears on an elfin face. The Devon Rex is known as the “pixie” of the cat world with her impish looks and mischievous personality.
The Selkirk Rex is an easygoing cat that comes in both long and shorthair coats. The shorthairs have a dense, plush curl like a teddy bear; longhairs have an even more tousled look, similar to a woolly sheep.
Although the American Wirehair is not a rex, his wiry coat (hence the name) is soft to the touch and springs back into place when stroked. He is an adaptable, good-natured, affectionate, and playful cat.
Cats That Don’t Shed… Much
Finally, there are cat breeds out there with “regular” fur that just so happen to shed infrequently, no matter the time of year.
The coat of the cougar-like Abyssinian is glossy and soft, but also dense and resilient to the touch. She is a highly energetic, well-muscled cat with lithe, graceful movement. She loves to play with her family.
Crossed between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic shorthair, the Bengal has an exotic pelt-like plush coat that ranges in softness and density. He is a highly active and even enjoys playing in water.
The Chausie, bred from the Jungle Cat that dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians, has a short, ticked-tabby coat. She is built like an Olympic athlete and adapts to new environments with ease.
The Exotic Shorthair has a soft, plush, and dense coat. He has the cobby build, irresistible snub nose, and round face of a Persian, of which he is crossed with an American Shorthair. He is playful and enjoys games.
The Javanese is the semi-longhaired version of the Colorpoint, which is a version of the Siamese. Her hair, which comes in a variety of colors including red and cream, is easy to maintain and does not tangle easily.
In contrast to the cat’s long physical features, the Siamese coat is very short, glossy, and sleek, and lies close to the body with a very fine texture. The Siamese is very talkative, and will whine and pout if not given enough attention.
Now you know that there are multiple categories of cats that don’t shed! Let’s hope you can say goodbye to those floaters in your coffee mug…