There are probably 2 major reasons why households go ‘catless’ – allergies and hair deposits.
If you love cats, but have been denying yourself one because you or someone in your family is allergic to the furry little beasts, it may surprise you to find out that there are some cats that shed hardly at all. The problem is not the cat’s hair, per se, but rather the proteins in the cat’s saliva that become attached to the hair when the cat grooms. Less hair will often mean fewer allergens.
In addition to allergies, cat hair can get all over the house – coating your furniture, clothing, and rugs, and forming windrows when cats are actively blowing their coats (usually in the spring). You can vacuum diligently, but if you have several cats, the hair will be back before you know it.
Non-shedding or minimally-shedding cats can be the answer. However, if you do choose a breed that has little or no hair, you will have to make sure that the cat is warm in cold weather. Most cats will adapt quickly to a sweater or coat when autumn and winter arrive.
1 – Sphynx
For the ultimate in hairlessness, no cat breed can beat the Sphynx. While not exactly completely hairless, the Sphynx has such short, sparse hair that the cat’s exterior will feel more like high-quality suede than hair. Arising from careful breeding practices and natural genetic mutation, this breed has now been firmly established. Sphynx cats come in a range of colors with the striped cats looking as if they have had a maze printed on them.
In addition to sensitivity to cold (especially as regards kittens), Sphynx cats have a slightly higher rate of heart disease and respiratory problems then most breeds. Because there is so little hair to absorb body oils, this cat will need regular baths to remove the oil. Be sure to dry and warm the cat quickly after a bath.