If you’re a cat lover, you know how easy it is to fall in love with any cat. From their strong personalities to their delightful snuggles, what’s not to love? But let’s face it: some cat breeds are especially adorable. Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your family or simply interested in learning more about some of the cutest cat breeds out there, below are some of the most adorable kitties and their unique features.
Why are cats so cute?
Large heads, round faces, big eyes, and soft fur: what does that description remind you of? Well, aside from the fur. The answer is “babies.” Certain characteristics associated with infancy always win people over, basically because we have a deep-rooted response to something so helpless and innocent. Of course, anyone who has spent time with a cat knows they’re rarely as innocent as they seem, but you could probably say the same thing about a mischievous baby. “We are hardwired to respond to things that remind us of babies – so cats and dogs,” said neuroscientist and author of the book Emotional Ignorance, Dr. Dean Burnett at the Cheltenham Science Festival. “[They] are small with big heads and eyes, they can’t speak, they are often playful, but they depend on us rather a lot. But we find this cute, simply because they remind us so much of babies.”
Cutest Cat Breeds + Pictures
The Persian is one of the oldest cat breeds and has been a popular pet for centuries. They have long, luxurious coats and adorable flat faces. They require a lot of brushing but love attention and pampering, so they shouldn’t make it too difficult for you. Persians are known for their gentle, sweet-natured personalities and for seeking attention and cuddles. Cute and personable — what a combo.
The Himalayan cat is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. Mixed breeds can always come out differently depending on which characteristics they inherit, but the Himalayan usually has a rounded face with the snub nose of a Persian and a long coat — a look that has a comical effect. Himalayans are gentle sweethearts who want nothing more than to crawl into your lap as soon as you sit down. They are unfortunately prone to certain health issues, such as respiratory problems and eye infections, so keep them up to date on regular vet check-ups.
The Munchkin is a cute, relatively new cat breed characterized by their short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation. Munchkin cats are generally healthy, but their short legs can lead to some health issues, such as skeletal abnormalities. These conditions can cause breathing difficulties and other health problems. When in good health, Munchkins are active and playful cats that enjoy games and are generally good with children and other pets. Because of their short legs, they may not be able to jump as high and may have difficulty reaching high places, which can be convenient, considering what cats get into when left to their own devices.
4. Domestic Shorthair
The Domestic Shorthair is probably one of the most well-known and cutest cat breeds around. Their coats can be a number of different patterns, but the Tuxedo pattern, which makes these cats look like they’re wearing little suits, is particularly popular. Tuxedo cats have a distinctive black and white coat pattern with black fur on their backs, tails, and heads, and a white chest, belly, and paws. Like other cats, the temperament of a Domestic Shorthair can vary depending on the individual cat and their personal life experiences, but they have a reputation for being friendly, affectionate, and outgoing.
5. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold is named after their adorable folded ears, which point down toward their expressive faces. This cute feature is the result of a natural dominant gene mutation that affects the cartilage throughout the body. Unfortunately, this condition can also cause joint issues over time, which can be painful and even require medical attention. These cute gray cats are very smart, affectionate, and vocal, so they are not best for people who love quiet. They like kids and other animals but are fine as solo pets as long as they get a lot of your attention and playtime.
6. American Shorthair
American Shorthairs are all kinds of cute – they can be all different colorations, including tabby, white, black, silver, and calico. Calico cats have distinctive tri-colored coat patterns, usually with white fur and orange, black, or brown patches. American Shorthairs have a reputation for being particularly playful and independent making them loyal and low-maintenance pals.
7. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is a cute cat breed with a soft and curly coat — that is if they grow hair at all. Their coats can be closer to bald, like the Sphynx cat. This breed requires regular bathing to prevent the build-up of oil on their skin. Their big, oversized ears and narrow chins make them look like sweet little gremlins. They’re generally very calm, which is a useful trait when you need to put them in the bath. They also love affection and learning new tricks.
8. Maine Coon
The adorable Maine Coon is (unsurprisingly) from the state of Maine and is the largest breed of domestic cat. They are super smart, and their eyes look almost human-like. Maine Coon cats need a lot of exercise, play, and attention. They also grow long, thick coats that form in super adorable tufts around their giant ears and paws and need regular brushing. Maine Coons are often compared to dogs for their loyalty and ability to learn tricks. They’re best in pairs so that they have companionship.
The Siamese is a cute cat native to Thailand that became very popular in Europe and North America during the 19th century. They have bright blue eyes, cream coats, and distinctive chocolate markings on their faces, matching their brown ears, paws, and tails. Siamese are great family pets and are very playful and social — but you’ll want to keep them occupied, or they’ll find something disastrous to do in the house. Siamese cats can be very vocal, so expect lots of conversation. They also like to be with other pets (even dogs), so it’s best to adopt two at once. Or mix and match!
The Abyssinian is an incredibly adorable cat with eyes that can be green or gold and a small round face. They have stunning ticked coats that are short and silky. Abyssinians are very active and need a lot of playtime, and love people, other cats, and even dogs. They’re pretty healthy and make wonderful additions to any family.
11. American Curl
Another cute cat is the American Curl. The name “American Curl” suggests a curly-furred kitty, but these cats are actually named after their curled ears. The breed originated in California in the 1980s, when an adorable stray cat with a natural mutation causing curled ears was found and bred with other domestic cats. They have since become a popular breed with a unique appearance. Because they’re bred with different domestics, they have a friendly disposition and a pretty good bill of health overall. They can be long or short-haired, as well as a variety of colors including white.
The Bombay is a mix of an American shorthair and a Burmese; the result is a cute cat with a beautiful black coat and big wide eyes. Bombays always have short coats, black paw pads and noses, and are more muscular and compact than ordinary housecats. Bombays are not only cute but are also very devoted friends. A Bombay will follow you all over the house, so if you are not into occasionally walking around with a cat in your arms like a baby, they might not be a good match. Bombays are very smart, and they like being bossy members of the family, so expect to have a kitty up in everyone’s business.
13. Rescue Cat
Don’t forget about all of the wonderful cats looking for homes at your local shelters. Any pet you love will soon be the most adorable kitty you’ve ever seen, no matter their pedigree. Often cats at shelters are domestic cats who are likely to be healthier than many purebred animals, and their uniqueness makes them all the more endearing. Give a sweet cat a second chance at a loving home, and they’ll be the cutest companion you could ever dream of.
More Really Cute Cats
What is the cutest cat breed?
We think all cats are cute. But the cutest cat breed is the Domestic Shorthair. These mixed-breed cats have short-length coats and come in various colors, patterns, shapes, sizes, and temperaments, making each one special.
What are some cute cat breeds?
A few of the cutest cat breeds are the Persian, Himalayan, Munchkin, Domestic Shorthair, Scottish Fold, Devon Rex, Maine Coon, Siamese, Abyssinian, American Curl, and Bombay.
What is the cutest cat breed that stays small?
The rare Singapura is the cutest and smallest cat breed weighing four to six pounds. These adorable cats have large eyes, big ears, and a brown coat with a ticked tabby pattern.
What are some cute fluffy cat breeds?
What are some ugly cute cat breeds?
If you’re looking for a cat that’s so ugly their cute, look no further than the Persian and the Exotic. These flat-faced cat breeds can look a bit odd at times, but that only makes them more endearing.