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Do Siamese cats shed? (We asked a vet!)

As cat owners (or rather, people who are owned by cats!), most of us know what it’s like to have your cat shedding all over the place. De-fuzzing the sofa, bedspreads, and carpets can seem like a full-time job! But it is true that some cat breeds are worse than others. What about Siamese cats?

Short coats and shedding

Siamese cats are unique and lovable, with their unusual and often loud vocalizing, their beautiful blue eyes, and their signature markings. But one of the best things about a Siamese cat is that they have a short, low-shed coat. So does adopting a Siamese cat mean that those hours spent on hair removal are a thing of the past? Don’t throw away your lint roller just yet! Although they are a low hair shedding breed, most cat breeds (with a few notable exceptions) still shed, albeit to a lesser degree.

The benefits of owning a short-haired cat

Cats who have a short coat and don’t shed lots of hair have a few added benefits aside from helping you maintain a hair-free home. People with allergies, asthma, or other airway sensitivities often experience flare-ups when in the presence of lots of cat hair. In these cases, Siamese cats and other “low shedders” are often a good option, as they can be considered sort of hypoallergenic. However, all cats are different, so please test to make sure that you don’t react before bringing home a Siamese cat!

Another benefit is that short-haired cats require less grooming than long-haired cats, and are far less prone to knots and mats.

Does that mean I don’t need to brush my Siamese cat?

Even though Siamese cats have short hair, a low-shed coat, and a meticulous personal grooming regime, that doesn’t mean that their coat doesn’t require any care from you. All cats benefit from regular grooming, to remove any dead hair and debris that might be trapped in the fur. Although some cats aren’t keen on being brushed, if you start doing it regularly when they are young, they are likely to tolerate it well or even enjoy it!

To summarize…

Siamese cats are among the lowest shedding breeds. Not only does this reduces the amount of cat hair around your home, but it also saves you time spent grooming your furry friend. With all the hours you’ll be saving, you will have plenty of time for relaxing cuddles on the sofa with your ‘purrfect’ Siamese.

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