Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats can be every bit as loyal—a fact made all the more impressive by their natural inclination toward autonomy. Whether you consider yourself to be a dog person or a cat person, there’s no denying that cats have regal, sophisticated air. If you’re considering taking one home, or if you’re simply looking for the perfect way to spend a quick break, here are nine cat breeds so cute you won’t even care that they only come over when you shake a bag of treats.
While munchkin cats come in a variety of colors and fur lengths, they all have one thing in common: shorter legs that give them a more diminutive stature than the average cat. Also known as the “sausage cat,” this breed is a lot like a dachshund for cat lovers.
Norwegian Forest Cat
Regal and rotund with ample fluff (presumably to protect against those harsh Norwegian winters), the Norwegian forest cat is indeed one of the cutest cat breeds around. To protect against those arctic temperatures, Norwegian forest cats have plumed tails, tufted ears, and extra fur along the paws. This breed is quite popular in Europe, has a reputation for being independent (even for cat), and—like its other forest brethren, the Maine coon—is known for being highly intelligent.
One of the cutest cat breeds to hail from North America, the American curl is known for its atypical ears, which (you guessed it) curl back. Funnily enough, American curls are actually born with straight ears that begin to curl back within their first week. These cats are ultra-affectionate and curious, and have been known to behave like kittens well into their later years. With a reputation for friendliness, they make excellent pets for those looking for a more affectionate breed.
Laid-back and loyal, the British shorthair is one of the best cat breeds for companionship. Its thick body and broad face make it instantly adorable, meme-ready, and remarkably expressive. Adding to all this, British shorthairs are made all the more cute by their reputation for being notoriously clumsy cats.
Fluffy and colorful, ragdoll cats are not only one of the cutest cat breeds, they’re also one of the most playful. Also known as “puppy cats,” they tend to easily make friends with other pets (including dogs) and like to play games with their owners. And if that last fact made you feel a little emotional, it’s okay—we do, too.
One of the most famous cat breeds, Siberian cats have a reputation for being dignified and aloof, but they can actually be incredibly affectionate. Much like the Norwegian forest cat, Siberians are super soft, with tufted fur along the neck and pronounced fluff along the ears and paws.
If you're fond of the American curl but prefer the ears folded the other way, you’re in luck. The Scottish fold’s defining characteristic is its forward-flopping ears that give the breed its name, giving it the appearance of an owl, or just a particularly downtrodden kitten. The Scottish fold is a low-maintenance cat in terms of behavior, needing only proper food and plenty of love.
With their round faces, short muzzles, and distinctive pout, Persian cats are definitely one of the cutest cat breeds. As pets, Persian cats tend to be gentle and sensitive. Persian cats are known for their easygoing personalities and long, lustrous coats that need careful upkeep.
One of the cutest cat breeds from the Eastern Hemisphere is the Japanese Bobtail. This breed is extraordinarily endearing, with a lively, outgoing, and playful personality. It's most distinctive features are its short round tail and large, oval eyes.
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