Cats make great family pets, but many people are deterred by the prospect of a fur-filled house. While it’s true that some cats shed a lot -- for example, the Persian is a notorious hairball -- others shed very little, or not at all. These cats make great pets for owners who don’t have the time for regular brushing or vacuuming, and they are also ideal for allergy sufferers. Cats that don’t shed or that shed less release fewer allergens into the air, and thus are tolerable housemates for many people with allergies. However, whether or not a breed will work in your home will depend on the severity of your allergies and your unique reaction to the cat. Always test your reaction before bringing a cat home for good. Below are some breeds with minimal shedding.
These cats are often referred to as “Velcro Kitties” for their habit of following their owners around, curling up beside them, and basically sticking with them whenever possible. However, the Colorpoint Shorthair’s coat is less likely to stick to you than the cat itself. These cats have a short, tight-fitting coat that requires little grooming.
Some people mistakenly believe that the Cornish Rex does not shed at all. These cats do shed, but their wavy, velvety coats shed much less than other breeds. These wide-eyed cats not only have unique and lovely coats, they also have charming and playful personalities. They are very agile and enjoy games, tricks, and jumping.
Much like the Cornish Rex, the elfish Devon Rex has a wavy coat that sheds only minimally. The Devon Rex’s coat may vary over their lifetime, and can change seasonally when the cat reaches adulthood. In general though, this breed has a very low-maintenance coat. These inquisitive and fun-loving cats make excellent companions.
The silver-blue Korat has a single-layered coat that does not float off when the cat is stroked or petted. This feature makes these cats tolerable to many allergy sufferers. The Korat is an intelligent and strong-willed cat, and though they make good pets, they are sometimes selective in their choice of companionship.
Sphynx cats are famous for their hairless or peach-fuzzed bodies. These cats are great for allergy suffers as little to no hair means less airborne allergies. While you will not have to brush these cats, they do require periodic bathing to wash off the body oil that is normally absorbed into the hair of other cats. It’s a small price to pay for such a wonderful pet -- the Sphynx is an affectionate, intelligent, and playful breed.
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