See the Cutest Cat Breeds as Kittens
What do the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s 44 most popular cat breeds look like as kittens? Get ready for some adorable pics.
Nothing says Burmese like its solid dark brown, silky coat. However, according to the CFA, the breed has expanded to include other colors: warm beige, pale gray, and medium gray. These cute cats make great family pets and do well with children but aren’t very keen on dogs. Ironically, you might notice yours following you around like a dog and jumping up on the couch to snuggle.
The Burmilla is known for its elegant appearance, according to Petfinder. These cute cats are playful and smart, so don’t leave your keys on the counter unguarded. A Burmilla might even challenge you to a game of cat and mouse. These cuties are affectionate and great around children. Their only crimes are being too loyal and cuddling too much in your lap. Don’t let their deep-throated purr throw you off; it just means they are loving the attention.
The soft, blue fur makes this kitty stand out. According to the CFA, this cat’s history is steeped in legend, originating in Persia. They were brought to French monasteries by knights returning from the Crusades. They may have been named after the Carthusian monks or, because of their woolly fur, some guess that their name came from well-known Spanish wool from the 18th century. They’re pretty quiet and make gentle chirping noises when their food bowl is empty.
You probably think of these cats for their red and cream points, but according to the CFA, the breed currently includes 16 colors. The Colorpoint shorthairs look identical to the Siamese in their body and head shape. These cute cats are affectionate and loyal, and almost like a mood ring, they can sense how their owner is feeling. They will sit by your side or on your lap offering encouragement on a rough day. Or, when you feel up to it, they’d love to play a game together.
The Cornish Rex is set apart by its soft, wavy coat. This cat is heavier than it looks and warm to the touch. According to Petfinder, they need lots of attention, because they are really active and playful. They might even sneak food off your dinner plate if you’re not paying attention. Don’t shake a cucumber at them for revenge though—it and other green fruits could scare them.
The large eyes, short muzzle, and prominent cheekbones set the Devon Rex apart. Petfinder shares how they could be compared to an elf, a pixie fairy, or a space alien with their huge, low-set ears. But let’s not judge a book by its cover. Playing and giving affection make it onto their to-do lists. Plus, these cats are really intelligent.
The exotic appearance of the Egyptian Mau turns most heads. It’s the only natural domesticated breed of spotted cat. They are medium to large cats with silver, bronze, and smoke coloring. Their green eyes continue to darken until they are 18 months old. Since their back legs are longer, they look like they are on their tip-toes when standing up—this helps them with twisting and jumping. According to the CFA, they are somewhat stand-offish to strangers but select their “special person” at home, where they are curious and outgoing.
Looking for someone to welcome guests to your house? The European Burmese loves to interact with the whole family, including friends who stop by to play some games. It’s a medium-sized, short-haired cat that varies in color from light to dark. These cute cats are also loyal and very intelligent. They will likely sit in your lap and snuggle up to you in bed.
Trying to avoid hair drama? Go for the Exotic, who is short-haired but looks like a Persian. These cute cats don’t require daily grooming to keep their coats beautiful. These cats are quiet and peaceful, but they get pretty up close and personal—Exotics have been known to put their wet noses on their human’s face or to give an actual hug. According to the CFA, male Exotics are generally more affectionate than females.
Grab some chocolate for S’mores. This medium-sized cat has a pretty brown coat that reminds you of a Hershey bar. It is known for its expressive eyes and its large ears that tilt forward. This cat is extremely intelligent and loves to play. Grooming requirements are very low, but its demand for attention is pretty high. According to Petfinder, this breed is originally from Siam.