Non-shedding cats: 7 cats that don't shed or shed less

Non-shedding cats, such as the Siamese, are ideal for pet owners who suffer from allergies or who are particularly house proud
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If you love cats but also love a clean house, you've probably considered non-shedding cats as an option, particularly if you suffer from any allergies caused by our feline friends. 

Cats can shed quite a bit, and pet owners should be prepared for dealing with some form of shedding - after all, they are pets.

If you're worried about shedding because of allergy issues, keep in mind that cat allergies aren't actually caused by fur or hair, but by proteins in the cat's saliva, urine, and dander. 

Some cats on this list will therefore overlap with our list of hypoallergenic cat breeds that have less of the allergen protein. There will also, obviously, be some overlap with hairless cat breeds because, well, they don't have hair!

Remember, adopting is always preferred over shopping, so keep that in mind. It's a good idea too before you consider cats that don't shed or shed less to read up on ways to reduce cat shedding around your home as there are some great DIY techniques you can use to keep your home cat-hair free. 

PetsRadar's guide to non-shedding cats

1. Sphynx

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Sphynx cats are hairless, so there's really nothing to shed. But they can have varying degrees of hairlessness, with some having a little peach fuzz all over their body or just on their legs. 

They are very energetic and incredibly smart, so you'll have to ensure they have tons of enrichment and exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Sphynx cats are also incredibly affectionate, so you'll really appreciate their lack of shedding when they're climbing all over your lap and demanding cuddles. 

Sphynx cats are prone to rashes and fungal infections because of their hairless nature, so prepare to sponge bathe them regularly. 

2. Peterbald

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Peterbald cats are another hairless breed (although there are variations of the Peterbalds that have some hair), so shedding won't be a real issue with them. 

Peterbalds' coats do change during their first two years of life, however, so they may lose hair or their hair may change texture. 

If you have a hairless Peterbald, you'll need to take care of their gentle skin as they can be prone to oil build-ups that cause irritation. Peterbalds can also get sunburnt and get cold very easily, so you'll want to keep them indoors. 

Peterbalds originated in Russia and are very sociable and loyal - expect them to shadow you everywhere.

3. Cornish Rex

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The secret to the lack of shedding when it comes to a Cornish Rex lies in their unique coat. Cornish Rex cats only have an undercoat, whereas most cats have both an undercoat and an outer layer of guard hairs that are more coarse. 

Since the Cornish Rex only has a curly, soft undercoat, they are less likely to shed than other breeds. 

These cats are highly active and love to play, and are also incredibly affectionate. Expect these soft curly babies to demand attention and playtime, but at least their hair situation won't be nearly as demanding as other cats. 

4. Siamese

A siamese cat outdoors, one of the most playful cat breeds

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So, Siamese cats shed, but their small hairs make it much less noticeable. Many Siamese cat owners claim that they notice far less hair coming from their cat when compared to other breeds, so while shedding does still happen, it may not be an issue for you. 

Siamese cats are very smart, chatty, and social - they love to be around their humans so much that they're often described as "dog-like." 

They'll even play fetch with their toys! Siamese cats are also very affectionate, and their affinity for chatting means they'll probably have a little back-and-forth conversation with you. 

5. Devon Rex

Devon Rex, one of the most playful cat breeds

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Devon Rex cats do shed, but quite mildly since they have a much shorter coat than other cats. Their short, curly coat is far less noticeable when it does shed, so you likely won't have excessive build-ups of hair dust bunnies littered around your house. 

Devon Rex can sometimes molt, however, which means they grow out of their birth coat and have a new coat with a different texture. 

Their coat will require some maintenance, like light brushing and occasional bathing if your vet thinks it's a good idea. Devon Rex cats are active and energetic, so they aren't low maintenance on the personality front. 

6. Bambino

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Bambino cats are a cross between Munchkin cats and Sphynx cats, and they're pretty darn adorable (bambino does mean "baby" in Italian). 

They're also covered in peach fuzz which means you won't really have to worry about shedding. Bambinos are incredibly social and affectionate, so expect these little velvet babies to post up in your lap whenever they get a chance. 

They get along well with kids and other animals, too, so they're a great fit for families. 

7. Bengal

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We want to make sure this isn't just a list of mostly hairless cat breeds, so the Bengal is a great addition here.

Bengals do shed, but not as often as other cats who have coats. Bengal cat owners tend to say that their cats don't shed at all, but it's more likely that they shed so minimally it's hard to notice. 

Bengal cats will shed more during the fall and spring seasons just like any other cat, but again, you may not even see it. 

Keep in mind that Bengals are expensive cats - it's highly unlikely you'll ever find one at a rescue or animal shelter, and that they can be very smart and high-energy. This isn't the cat for first-time cat owners, but may be one for seasoned feline fanciers who want minimal shedding.