Non-shedding cat breeds have become quite desirable and fashionable lately.
To be clear, all animals – including people- shed not just hairs but skin cells.
So what we are talking about here is an assortment of cats that won’t be leaving their fuzzy mark on every couch and sweater in the joint.
Naturally, hairless cat breeds and non-shedding go hand and hand, but some curly haired cat breeds are non or very low-shedding as well, and in some cases prove to be less irritating to folks with allergies.
See also hypoallergenic cat breeds if this is a factor for you.
Among these non-shedding cats the Peterbald cat, the LaPerm and the Don Sphynx have both furred and hairless individuals within the breed.
Cats without hair are usually the result of a mutation, and breed development requires lots of planning and care on the part of breeders.
Enjoy the journey and always remember…….Cats Rule!
NON-SHEDDING CATS FROM A TO Z
FACTS ABOUT NON-SHEDDING CAT BREEDS
Cats that don’t shed, or shed very little, may seem like they would make a pet lovers life just a little easier, but totally hairless cats like the Sphynx, Don Sphynx, Peterbald and Elf, actually have their own set of special requirements.
Time spent vacuuming may be replaced by time spent bathing or otherwise caring for delicate, exposed skin.
The trade off may or may not be worth it, depending on your priorities.
On the other hand, Devon and Cornish rex cats don’t require any special care and the shedding is virtually non-existent.
Sphynx cats are not just amazing to look at, they are also incredibly loving, cuddly, and friendly cats. Sphynx cats come in all different colors. They are usually on the smaller side with short legs and a round, almost pot-belly body.
There is no hair to block the body heat, so touching one of these cats is absolutely delightful. Warm, soft and affectionate, there is no wonder Sphynx cats are becoming so popular!
Donskoy or Don Sphynx Cats
The Donskoy cat, also known as the Don Sphynx looks very similiar to the Sphynx cat, but eye, ear and head shape are different. These cats were developed in Russia in the 1980’s from an individual cat found along the Don river in Russia.
Don Sphynx are more muscular and athletic than Sphynx cats, and have unusually long, webbed. The toes are felexible and very dexterous, allowing them to practically hold things with their front paws while sitting up on their haunches – Amazing!.
The Peterbald is the result of breeding Don Sphynx cats to Oriental Shorthair cats. The result is a cat with varying degrees of hairlessness and an active, lithe, exotic body shape. These are friendly, playful, sometimes dog-like cats with an extraordinary headshape and unique personality.
A FEW MORE NON-SHEDDING CAT FACTS
- Peterbald and Donskoy cats have long front toes with webbing in between allowing them to hold and manipulate toys and other items as if they had little hands.
- Tiny Sphynx kittens are unique in the cat world in that their eyes open very early – usually within 3 days of birth. Some are even born with their eyes open!
- Don Sphynx kittens may have a patch of wiry hair on their heads until they are 2 or 3 years old, then most of them go completely bald!