Most of us desire to have a pet but aren’t ready for the huge amount of responsibility that comes with most species, that’s where these cute cats win the pet race and our hearts. Cats fulfill your want for a pet but are pretty independent and do not require as much time and attention as dogs. Let’s see the cutest cat breeds.
Cats were worshipped by ancient Egyptians and to be honest they still have that superior attitude. Several mythologies mention cats as an important part of their life and culture. Many old religions believe cats to be companions or guides to humans, that are all-knowing but mute. Japanese consider the Maneki Neko cat as a symbol of good fortune.
Cats are the only domesticated carnivorous mammals of the family Felidae that includes lions, tigers, and other wild cats. They were first domesticated around 7500 BC. There are about 60 recognized breeds of cats.
Cats as Pets
Cats are valued for their companionship and their ability to hunt rodents. They are among the most popular pet species worldwide.
Today we’ll be seeing some of the cutest, prettiest, and fluffiest cat breeds on the planet that all of us would be tempted to cuddle. With any pet comes at least some responsibility and we are here to prepare you before we jump in and look into the cutest cat breeds you’d wish to have.
Here’s some advice before you get your fluffy friend home:
- Remove any toxic chemicals or plants that would be harmful to your cat if swallowed or snorted. Cats can reach most areas of the house including small spaces so that should be considered while making the house safe for your cat.
- Cat proof the house by not leaving any loose wires hanging to prevent any electrical hazard. Don’t leave small ingestible items around the house that a cat may swallow as it can lead to choking or worse. Install nets if you have open balconies that the cat may escape from and put themselves in danger.
- Stock up food to avoid rush and confusion after the arrival of the pet. You can get separate food and water bowls for your cat.
- Prepare a litter tray with some good quality for them to pee and poop in. Cats do not need special toilet training like dogs, they are pretty conscious and particular of where they do their business and hence they’ll use the litter tray on their own from the start.
- Get some grooming essentials: Buy a cat shampoo although you don’t need to bathe your cat often as they use their spiny tongue to clean and groom themselves regularly. You may bath them once in a month or two. A comb would be needed to brush your cat regularly if she’s a long-haired breed.
- Get a collar with a name tag: this just makes it easy to find if *god forbid* your cat goes missing.
- Find a Veterinarian near you and schedule an appointment right when you get a cat home for guidance regarding deworming and vaccination.
- Get some cat toys and a scratch post to keep your cute cat busy, entertained as well as mentally and physically stimulated. A cat tree or a scratch post is a favorite choice in the case of most cats and this also prevents them from destroying your furniture by using it as a scratch post instead.
- Prepare other pets: if you have other pets in the house you have to make sure they are okay around the new pet or get them slowly accustomed.
- A hiding spot: A new cat may take time to get comfortable in your house or they may at times not feel social and need a comfortable isolated spot to hide where they feel safe.
Now that you’re equipped with all the information you need to be the best cat parent, let’s dive right into finding out the top 10 cutest cat breeds you’d want to have as a pet.
Bengal cats are one of the cutest cat breeds in the world with the Asian leopard cats as their ancestor. Asian leopard cats are known scientifically as Felis bengalen gives Bengal cats their name. They are usually a hybrid of Egyptian Mau and Asian leopard cats.
Their coat shows similarity to the leopard’s coat as they have distinctive arrowhead markings, spots, marbling, or rosettes. Their spotted coat may have shades of black, copper, chocolate brown, or gray, giving them a wild look. They are a perfect fit for you if you want a wild look of a big cat in a tiny cute body.
Bengal cats are intelligent, outgoing, and playful. They are easy to train. Bengals have short hair coats which barely need any grooming. They are hypoallergenic. They are genetically predisposed to cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which can be avoided if they are bred responsibly.
Weight: 3.6-7 kg
length: 1-1.5 feet
Life span: 10-16 years
Maine coons are one of the largest domestic cats. Being among the fluffy and cutest cat breeds they are referred to as gentle giants. They are among the oldest natural cat breeds and are the state cat of Maine, USA.
Maine coons get along well with people of all ages, kids, and other pets sharing the house. They are cited to have a sweet, playful, gentle, intelligent, and sociable demeanor which makes them very dog-like. They are friendly and vocal.
They have a medium to long hair coat with a leonine ruff around the head. They come in more than 50 color combinations. Their coat is generally soft and silky
and requires minimum brushing and grooming. Hereditary health concerns include HCM, hip dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy.
Weight: 3.6-11 kg
Length: up to 3 feet
Life span: 12-15 years
Munchkins look like any other house cats but have exceptionally short legs which are caused by a genetic mutation gene leading to achondroplasia. Their short legs don’t seem to cause any health issues in them according to various studies. This has also given them a nickname that is sausage cat. They are quite active despite their tiny legs and are undoubtedly one of the cutest cats.
They are sweet, intelligent, outgoing, and playful. They can be short-haired or have a long and silky coat. Little grooming keeps them perfectly pretty. They have a genetic predisposition to lordosis which causes the downward curvature in the spine.
Weight: 2.5-4 kg
Length: upto 1.5 foot
Ragdolls are known for their ocean blue eyes and large size yet docile personality. Unlike most cats, they love to cuddle. They are perfect for families with children and get along with dogs. They are one of the most elegant and beautiful cat breeds. They are very relaxed even around strangers.
They are loyal, quiet, gentle, friendly, affectionate, and easy to handle. They have long hair which needs to be well-groomed. Their color has wide variations. Obesity, HCM, and bladder stones are common genetic concerns.
Weight: 7-9 kg
Length: 1.5-2 feet
Lifespan: 13-17 years
As the name suggests these cute cats are Russian in origin and have a silvery blue coat. Even though the coat may seem grey to our eyes, cat experts say it’s blue. They have sparkling green eyes like emeralds that add to their beauty. These cats are sensitive to the mood of their owner. They have shy personalities.
Their long legs make them fast runners. They have a calm temperament and sweet nature. They enjoy quiet time away from big groups but they seek attention from people they consider close. They may throw food tantrums if you give in to their demands, so be firm when it comes to meals. They are very intelligent and require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to stay happy and content. Their coat is short and does not need much maintenance.
They are hypoallergenic. Russian blue is genetically sound with no particular predispositions. How rare and cool is that!
Weight: 3-5.5 kg
Length: 2 feet
Life span: 15-20 years
Originating from Persia (Iran) these are flat-faced breeds of cats that get along with children and other pets. They aren’t very active and like minimal changes
in their surroundings. Persians are not a fan of loud noises. They are quiet and among the fluffy cute cats in the world.
They need daily combing as they have long lush hair coats and when they plop down on the floor to rest they look like an expensive fur carpet. They enjoy being groomed and become very affectionate towards the person who is grooming them. They are not a fan of strangers and reserve their affection for only the close ones.
Genetically they are predisposed to issues like polycystic kidney disease, cystitis, liver shunts, HCM, PRA, bladder stones. Proper and ethical breeding helps minimize these health issues.
Weight: 3-4.5 kg
Length: 1-1.5 inches
Lifespan: 10-18 years
Birman is known for their dark face contrasting their light body coat with a long bushy tail. They come in 6 colors namely red, blue, tortie, cream, chocolate, seal but almost all have white socked feet and sapphire blue eyes. Their long silky hair requires regular grooming.
They are active, loving, and social. They prefer indoor life and get along with humans and kittens. They are friendly and cute cats. They have hypotrichosis genes sometimes which predisposes them to loss of hair and balding in patches.
Weight: 4.5-5 kg
Length: 1-1.5 feet
Lifespan: 14-15 years
One of the oldest English Cat breeds originating in the UK. Their rounded faces make them look extremely cute. They mostly have a stunning blue coat giving them the name British blue and their orangish copper eyes stand out in contrast. They also have other coat colors like red, white, cream, and black.
They have medium to long coats which require daily grooming. They are highly intelligent, easy-going, loyal, and playful but prefer staying indoors. They don’t require constant attention. They are pretty healthy and only prone to a couple of genetic issues like HCM and hemophilia B.
Weight: 3-7 kg
Length: 2 feet
Lifespan: 12-16 years
Turkish Angora is known for their long silky coats with the being longest around their neck and contrasting shiny blue eyes. They are one of the cutest cat breeds in the world with long ears and medium-sized faces. They look elegant and alert. They can also have black, gray, and red coats.
Angoras are extremely attention-seeking, love to play, and run around in open spaces. They are usually friendly but sudden changes in the environment around them can make them upset. Their kitty-like playfulness remains throughout life and they are very cuddly and good for first-time pet owners as they are easy to train and socialize with. Friendly towards seniors, children, and other pets.
The gene which causes them to have white coats and blue eyes predisposes them to deafness. They also have hereditary ataxia and HCM.
Weight: 3-6.5 kg
Length: 1.5 inches
Lifespan: 9-14 years
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Their short stubby tails give them the name bobtail cats. They are an extremely cute cat breed with a wild coat that comes in any color or pattern. They are so cute and affectionate that many refer to them as golden retrievers of the cat family.
They are suitable for families, highly intelligent, loving, loyal, calm, and playful. They shed a normal amount of hair and are easy to groom. They are lap cats that tolerate being picked up. Good for first-time owners as they are docile and socialize easily with strangers and other pets.
Genetically they are prone to weight gain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.
Weight: 3-7 kg
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Now that you have all the information that’ll prepare you to be the perfect and most importantly a responsible cat person and help you decide which cat suits your lifestyle and personality the best, nothing can stop you from getting a cute companion. No matter which breed you get they’ll add sweetness and sass to your life.
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