Types of Cat Breeds

Calm Cat Breeds

Some people want to liven up a quiet environment with an active and playful cat while others prefer to maintain the mellowness with a calm cat. Calm cats can fit in environments with kids and without, but do better in the presence of quiet, independent children rather than active, playful kids. Calm cat breeds are often some of the most gentle cat breeds, so keep that in mind as you explore the list below.

Cat Breeds that Don't Shed

There’s no truly non-shedding cat—even hairless cats shed occasionally—but they do shed significantly less than most other breeds. This makes cats like the Sphynx, Peterbald or the La Perm a great choice, both for people who want to avoid getting cat fur all over their clothes and furniture and for those with allergies. Explore all the cat breeds that don’t shed much below to find the right kitty for you.

Cat Breeds that Need Daily Grooming

There are just 3 cat breeds that need daily grooming: the Birman, Himalayan and Persian. These longhaired cats require daily brushing to prevent tangles and matting, remove dirt and debris and to minimize shedding. If you can dedicate the time each day to groom one of these cats, you’ll be rewarded with a strong bond with your feline companion. Explore these high-maintenance cat breeds below.

Cat Breeds that Need Monthly Grooming

Cats are sufficient self-groomers, and shorthaired and medium-hair cats require significantly less grooming than certain longhaired breeds. Most still require periodic brushing, however. Doing so removes dirt and debris and redistributes oils to maintain a healthy, shiny coat. Browse the list of cat breeds that need monthly grooming below for a lower-maintenance feline.

Cat Breeds that Need Weekly Grooming

Longhaired cats typically need daily grooming while shorthaired breeds may only need brushing once a month. Cat breeds that need weekly grooming fall in the middle with medium-length coats. A weekly grooming schedule will maintain the health and shine of your cat’s coat, while also minimizing shedding and reducing her risk of hairballs from self-grooming. View the list of cats that need weekly grooming below.

Cat Breeds that Rarely Need Grooming

Although all cats require some form of grooming, at least on occasion, several breeds need it far less than others. Cat breeds that rarely need grooming include shorthaired and hairless cats. Not only do these cats need less frequent grooming than other breeds, but they also don’t shed much and may even be considered hypoallergenic. Explore these low-maintenance cat breeds below.

Cat Breeds with Heavy Shedding

Heavy shedding cat breeds have long, fluffy coats that require daily grooming. While they may require more maintenance than what a busy family can provide, they’re perfect for people with enough time each day to groom and bond with their feline companion. See all heavy-shedding cat breeds below to learn more about their grooming needs and other requirements.

Cat Breeds with Moderate Shedding

Cat breeds with moderate shedding typically have a medium-length coat—not too short, but not overly long—and require regular grooming. This maintains their skin and coat health, in addition to minimizing shedding and reducing hairballs. Moderately shedding cats include some of the most popular breeds, like the Maine Coon and Bengal. View the complete list below to find a moderately shedding cat to meet your lifestyle needs.

Hypoallergenic Cats

Did you know cat hair isn’t the cause of reactions in people sensitized to cat allergens? The primary cause is an allergen produced in cats’ saliva. These allergens are spread to cats’ hair through grooming, which are then shed into the environment.

Low-Shedding Cat Breeds

There’s nothing quite like the joy of owning a cat, but constant shedding can be problematic, particularly for busy individuals or families. To minimize the amount of time you spend vacuuming up cat hair, consider getting a low-shedding cat. Although these felines still shed, it’s a much smaller amount than you’d experience with other breeds. Cats that don’t shed much will still require some grooming and bathing, but they’re lower maintenance than longhaired breeds. Browse the low-shedding cat breeds listed below to see if one is a good match for you.

Medium Cat Breeds

If large domestic cats seem too big and small breeds seem tiny, a medium cat breed may be just right for you. These mid-sized cats typically weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, so they fit right into almost any home and environment, whether you live in a small apartment in the city or a big house in the suburbs. If you’ve been longing for a feline companion but don’t want anything extreme, a medium cat breed is a great choice. Review our list of medium-sized breeds to find the perfect kitty for you.

Medium-Energy Cat Breeds

Some cats have a lot of energy and want to play seemingly nonstop while others are much more laid back, preferring to snooze on an armchair rather than engage in playtime. Fortunately, if you want the best of both worlds, you can find it in medium-energy cat breeds. These cats will enjoy a healthy mix of playtime and relaxation, and while they’re affectionate, they’re also independent. Find out more about these middle-of-the-road cats by exploring our list below.

Medium-Hair Cat Breeds

Medium-hair cats are popular because they’re a great middle-of-the-road option for people who don’t want a longhaired cat, but want a softer, fluffier kitty than a shorthaired cat. They also require less grooming than cats with long hair but more than those with short coats. Weekly grooming is all they need to maintain a healthy, shiny coat, which is manageable, even for busy families and individuals. Check out the list below to find the perfect medium-hair cat for your lifestyle and home.

Shorthaired Cat Breeds

If you want a low-maintenance feline, a shorthaired cat may be the perfect fit. Because their coats are short, they don’t require daily grooming like longhaired cat breeds. Instead, periodic brushing is all they need to keep their coats healthy and to reduce shedding. If that sounds like the perfect match for your busy lifestyle, explore our list of shorthaired cat breeds below. 

Silent & Quiet Cat Breeds

If you want feline companionship but want to maintain a quiet environment, consider a silent or quiet cat breed. They still purr and may even meow from time to time, but they are much less vocal than other breeds. Rather than meowing or chirping at you, instead they’ll cuddle or nudge you for playtime and meal times. Explore our list of silent and quiet cat breeds below to find a quiet companion.