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10 Top Non-Shedding Cats

Christine O'Brien
Aug. 20, 2015

Do you have cat allergies but really want a kitty? A non-shedding cat may be your solution!

If you have cat allergies, you may have given up on your hopes of being a cat owner. But abandoning your feline dreams may not be necessary. Non-shedding cats might be the solution to your problem. "There are two types of cat allergies -- dander and protein," explains Jacqui Bennett, the education and outreach chairperson for Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.'s Breed Standards.

"If you are allergic to dander, you may be able to own a cat which does not have a double coat." Most cats have double coats, which include a woolly undercoat and an outer coat of coarse guard hairs, but some cats, such as a Cornish Rex, Devon Rex or Sphynx don't, she notes, adding, "If you're allergic to protein, which can be found in a cat's saliva, it is difficult to find a cat which you are not allergic to."

If you're allergic to cats, resist the urge to bathe a kitty to help relieve your allergies. This strategy does not work, according to Michelle Groeper, executive director of Tails Humane Society, which handles animal rescues and adoptions. "Cat baths aren't advisable," she says, because after the bath, "the cat's body will work overtime to get its natural pH balance back to normal, which may result in additional allergy issues."

To keep allergies at bay, Groeper instead recommends a regular routine of using pet wipes and brushing the cat. She emphasizes that during that process, "not touching your face and eyes, along with washing your hands frequently, can contribute to a more harmonious coexistence with the feline friend and allergic human friend."

If you're planning to adopt any new furry family member, make sure to spend time with the pet to ensure your allergies won't pose a problem.

non shedding cats


Here's a list of 10 top non-shedding cats:

  1. Bengal
    This breed closely resembles its big cat relatives, especially the leopard. They are "highly active and, for the most part, very vocal. They will let you know exactly where you stand," says Bennett.


  2. Bombay
    If you're looking for a pet panther, you're in luck! This breed looks a lot like its cousin. "The Bombay is an outgoing, friendly cat with a loving personality, who is comfortable with other cats, dogs, and children," Bennett explains.



  1. Russian Blue
    A devoted companion animal, this cat will do whatever it can to get your attention. They're a fairly quiet breed but very affectionate and, as Bennett notes, will "find a quiet seat next to you or fetch a toy at playtime."

    Russian Blue

  2. Siberian
    Also called the Siberian Forest Cat, this cat "enjoys the company of children, dogs, and other animals," Bennett says.


  3. Burmese
    The wide eyes and loveable nature of this breed will melt your heart. According to Bennett, "their personalities are almost dog-like." Because of their relatively innocent and trusting nature, they should be indoor-only cats.


  4. Devon Rex
    Bennett refers to this breed as the "Pixie of the Cat Fancy" because of its elf-like ears and "large, impish eyes." She notes that these cats "are a fun-loving breed with a relaxed and social attitude rarely associated with cats." If you consider yourself more of a dog person, this may be the cat for you!

    Devon Rex

  5. Cornish Rex
    With its curly coat and very large ears set atop a small head, this is an energetic and vocal cat who will constantly remind you that she's the boss. Be prepared to give her lots of attention, Bennett warns, because she'll demand it.

    Cornish Rex

  6. Colorpoint Shorthair
    This lithe cutie is "a chatterbox," notes Bennett, "and at the same time is a loving and an affectionate breed, devoted and loyal to people." Colorpoint Shorthairs demonstrate sensitivity and compassion toward their owners.

    Colorpoint Shorthair

  7. Siamese
    This popular breed is very friendly, outgoing, and playful. They require lots of love and attention from their humans, and they will let you know if you aren't giving them enough attention! As one of the most vocal cat breeds, they'll provide constant companionship.


  8. Sphynx
    Although a non-shedding cat, this breed does produce dander. Their "playful" and "mischievous" personality makes them the center of attention, says Bennett, adding that they "seem to prefer human attention but enjoy the company of dogs and all other breeds of cats."



Not sure you're ready for a cat? Read 10 Signs Your Family is Ready for a Pet.

Christine O'Brien is a longtime cat lover and owner who is bossed around by two Russian Blues.

Joe in New Boston, MI
July 29, 2018

Which cats are short haired low shedding ? Lower in allergies low in FEL D 1 ? Colors white orange or grey or dilute calico all 3 colors ? Small size 5 to 10 pounds. Gets along well with dogs. Can be shy with strangers. Affectionate with family lap cat can carry around but also can be independent. Not mischievous into everything. Not up on frig. Low key able to train to stay off of kitchen counters and table. Where can you get a LaPerm Russian Grey, or American wirehair ? Are there ever LaPerms or Amercan wirehairs in rescues ?

Sorry, all cats are allergenic as the trigger is in their saliva, not their fur. Also, all cats shed fur. Dogs that do not shed have hair that grows continually, not fur. That said, there are plenty of products that you can use to reduce the amount of dander and break down the protein. These products are usually labeled as allergen reducers. I live with 8 cats and 2 dogs, allergic to all. But with meds and cleaning, most people don't know.

March 30, 2016

I have 3 colorpoint shorts and they all shed like crazy- their mother was a siamese, father was a tonkinese which is a burmese siamese cross, they live outdoors and are shedders- their sister is a siamese mix with a bengal and she sheds non stop. I've owned a bombay and she used to shed like crazy. Besides the rex's, and russian blue I can say that this is a totally inaccurate list.

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