Have you decided to add a new furry friend to your home and family? They can be a great addition, but how do you choose a breed? Here, our Crystal Lake vets share a list of the 15 cutest cat breeds and some information about each one to assist you in choosing.
Fluffy Kitties: What are the cutest cat breeds?
More often than not, cats are chosen for their appearance rather than other traits such as their temperament. But even so, there are so many different cat breeds out there, how can you possibly make a choice?
There are so many breeds available today, and they are all adorable in their own way. So what are some of the other cutest cat breeds? Our vets at CASE Hospital are here to help answer that question.
Munchkins, or sausage cats as they are affectionately known, have short, sturdy legs. Despite their small stature, they are extremely active and can be found in homes all over the world, from Australia to the United States.
2. Ragdoll Cat
The Ragdoll is a robust cat known for its gorgeous fur and striking blue eyes. They are amiable and loyal, and they can be taught to play games and do tricks. They get along nicely with youngsters and are typically good with other pets. They do, however, shed and aren't especially simple to groom.
3. The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed, capable of weighing 20 pounds or more. They're also happy cats who will adjust to life with your family, and while one may follow you around like a shadow, it won't be too demanding.
4. Ragamuffin Cat
Once considered to be a type of Ragdoll cat, the Ragamuffin was designated a separate breed in 1994. The Ragamuffin is a docile cat who is well-known for slumping into the arms of its owner in search of love and attention. The breed will adore you, your children, other animals, and, in most cases, strangers. They are known to play fetch and respond to basic commands, traits which put them in a category of dog-like cats known as "puppy cats".
5. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold is named after - and distinguished by - its folded ears. This Scottish-bred cat likes playing and may struggle if left alone for an extended time. They are loving and get along well with youngsters. Scottish Fold cats are incredibly patient and enjoy the company of people and pets alike.
6. Bengal Cat
The Bengal is another wild-looking cat breed that should be thought of as lively and playful. The breed is loving with its owners and is regarded as a pleasant companion because of its love and propensity to play. One notable trait of the Bengal cat is how much energy they have and that they can be difficult if they aren't given the time and attention they desire.
7. Russian Blue
The Russian Blue is a stocky, athletic cat with a silky coat and a kind demeanor. Russian blues, as the name implies, have blue coats and are native to Russia. While fairly calm most of the time, Russian Blue cats are also quite playful. The Russian Blue, in particular, prefers being up high, so expect stealthy assaults from atop a cabinet or other high perch.
8. Siberian Cat
The Siberian is a long-haired cat bred to withstand the severe winter environment of Siberia. While the breed doesn't mind playing, it prefers to rest on your lap or curl up for a nap. Siberian cats are known to follow their owners around, closely enough that they are referred to as 'fluffy shadows'.
9. British Shorthair
The British Shorthair cat is one of the oldest English cat breeds; it is gentle, calm, and quiet. Because of the gorgeous blue coat that some of these cats have, this breed is also known as the British Blue. The breed gets along well with children, other cats, dogs, and just much every other pet you have. These cats are incredibly patient making them a good choice if you have small children and other animals.
10. Cymric Cat
The Cymric is essentially a long-haired version of the Manx cat, which is well-recognized for having no tail. If you're considering a Cymric, be sure to find a reputable breeder as these cats can have genetic health issues that must be screened for.
11. American Bobtail
American Bobtails may look like wild animals but they are very loving and friendly. They've been dubbed the "Golden Retrievers" of the feline world. They are known for their short tails and bobcat-like appearance. It doesn't require much grooming and is very affectionate, and kind, and yet enjoys playing.
12. British Longhair
The Persian and the British Shorthair were crossed to create the British Longhair. The kitten that results is amiable and will be a lovely and loving companion. Because of their lush hair and lap-loving personality, they are frequently referred to as the teddy bear of feline breeds.
13. Birman Cat
Birman cats have a pointed coat that comes in six various hues, but they nearly always have white socks and stunning blue eyes. They have long, lovely coats and a cheerful demeanor. The Birman is a kind cat who will discreetly remind you to feed it while providing affection to you and the rest of your family.
14. Egyptian Mau
Despite their name, the Egyptian Mau may or may not be a descendant of the Egyptian cat. These cats are frequent vocalizers so be prepared for a chatty cat. The species enjoys hunting but is as content at home with its family, which can include people of all ages as well as other cats and canines.
15. Persian Cat
This lovely cat breed has grown to be one of the most popular in North America. The Persian breed's history is unknown, however, they are assumed to have originated in Persia in the 1600s. They may be loving and lovely, but it's important to note that regular maintenance and care such as grooming is crucial.
The Importance of Routine Cat Care
Now that you know some cute cat breeds, we should talk about routine care. By bringing your cat in for regular appointments you can help your vet to monitor their health and provide crucial preventive care.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.