What are the cutest cat breeds in the world?
Since cats come in so many colors and patterns, it’s hard to pick one among all these adorable felines.
But we’ve done our best to compose a list of the planet’s top 10 most adorable kitties.
Just keep on reading.
22 Cutest Cat Breeds in the World
All cats are cute, and even hairless ones are so charming that you can’t tear your eyes from their unique appearance.
But asking a cat lover to pick the most adorable one is like asking a mother to name her favorite child.
That’s why I had a hard time picking just 10 cat breeds to include in our list of the most adorable cats.
I considered appearance, fluffiness, and playfulness to make the final cut.
Don’t take it personally if your cat isn’t among them. I’m sure that they’re just as cute as the cats we’re going to talk about.
#1 Maine Coon
Being one of the biggest and fluffiest cat ever, it’s not a surprise that Maine Coons are at the top of our list.
They’re so cute with their fluffy tails, silky fur, athletic bodies, and big ears that we can’t get enough of these majestic felines.
Besides their adorableness, Maine Coons are excellent companions thanks to their laid-back personality and affectionate nature.
They aren’t needy and like to keep their hunting instincts sharp by playing with toys and puzzles.
While Maine Coon aren’t lap cats, they are friendly to everybody and are highly trainable.
But they can knock stuff down without meaning to due to their size.
So, they won’t try to eat you while you sleep!
When it comes to cuteness, nothing could beat a Bengal’s spotted bodies, their curious eyes, and big noses.
They are bound to impress you with their intelligence, excellent climbing abilities, and dog-like personality.
However, Bengal cats are quite energetic and “wild.”
They tend to play rough at times, which has earned them a name as an “aggressive” breed.
Who can resist a Munchkin with their short legs, especially when they sit on their hind legs?
That’s a picture that can brighten anyone’s day.
Compared sometimes to a Dachshund in appearance, Munchkin cats are the result of a natural mutation.
They’re generally healthy, but some could have spinal problems.
As a whole, Munchkin kittens are sweet, affectionate, and highly intelligent.
They love to play and run and don’t let their short legs slow them down.
However, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to jumping because they can’t leap as far as other breeds.
Still, they’re more agile than most people expect and find a way to reach any high place they want.
Persian cats have always been one of the most popular breeds, which is not surprising given their appearance.
They fascinate people with their majestic fluff and laid-back personality.
They are extremely the cutest smashed face cats.
While Persians have an air of royalty around them, they’re affectionate and gentle.
Most Persians love to purr in your lap and enjoy attending your kids’ tea parties.
Furthermore, Persians aren’t demanding and are happy as long as you provide them everything they want.
But ignore them for too long, and you’ll see what a grumpy cat breed they can be.
Persians are also a high-maintenance breed. Their splendid fluffy coat requires a lot of brushing and grooming, or it mats horribly.
Have you ever seen a sad face cat breed and wonder what it is?
From all the cat breeds, the Exotic can have a truly grumpy expression.
That’s what earns them a place in our list of the cutest cat breeds in the world.
A mix between Persian and American Shorthair, the Exotic was created to resemble Persian minus their long hair.
They’re calm felines who prefer a quiet life with as few changes as possible.
In general, Exotic is happy to entertain themselves while you’re at work and will only pester you for attention if you ignore them too long.
Thanks to this no-care attitude, people often consider them a dumb breed.
But they’re just typical cats that don’t care what you think about them.
Check: Dobby Cat Breed
Do you know why people call these stunning cats Ragdoll?
They go lump the moment you pick them up and hang in our arms like a rag doll. What could be cuter than that?
Besides being adorable, Ragdolls are highly trainable and get on well with everybody.
Shockingly, Ragdolls come when called and like to retrieve toys.
Moreover, Ragdolls are easy to live with thanks to their easy-going personality and nice manners.
They love to cuddle with you whenever possible and don’t tend to climb high.
You didn’t think we forgot about the Siamese when we’re talking about cute cat breeds or grumpy-looking cat breeds, did you?
Siamese cats are famous not only for their cuteness but also for their affectionate nature and pointed colors.
These cats have an opinion about everything, and they aren’t afraid to share it with you all the time.
People often think of Siamese as jealous cats, but that’s because these cuties bond closely with their owners and can become very protective.
Siamese cats are also one of the most intelligent breeds and can learn to do tricks.
They also have adorable grumpy-looking faces when they don’t get their way. But that’s one of their many charms.
Check: The Tuxedo Scottish Fold Cat
#8 Scottish Fold
Look at those folded ears!
While you can look at a Scottish Fold’s ears all day long, they’re not the most adorable thing about this cute shorthair cat breed.
Scottish Folds love to pose in odd positions that can put a smile on anyone’s face.
If that’s not enough, Scottish Fold cats also love to sit on their hind legs like meerkats and observe what’s going on around them.
It’s never boring with them in the house, and you’d better keep the camera close by for some cute Instagram photos.
Check: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOTTISH FOLD MUNCHKIN CAT
They’re so adorable that you can’t help falling in love with their striking blue eyes and white paws.
Known as the Sacred cat of Burma, Birman cats are affectionate, calm, and quiet.
They’re people-orientated, so you can expect them to follow you around the house and demand to be part of the action.
They also are excellent companions for children.
While the Birman is docile, they’re smart and curious cats.
They’ve got the knack for getting into hard-to-reach places and might get trapped somewhere if you aren’t careful.
A big nose cat breed that wins you over with their adorableness, Oriental cats are a sight to behold, especially black ones.
They have cute bat-like ears that you can scratch all day, a silky coat, and piercing blue or green eyes.
Since people used Siamese cats to develop Orientals, you should be surprised by an Oriental cat’s intelligence or chattiness.
They bond strongly with their owners and can be quite demanding when they want attention.
Moreover, Oriental cats are highly trainable and love to walk on a leash, unlike other stubborn cat breeds.
They also love to climb and often will take residence at the highest point to observe your actions.
#11 AMERICAN CURL
As mentioned earlier, cats are cute. But cats with unique features like the American Curls are even cuter.
These cats feature ears that curl backward as a result of a genetic mutation. But unlike the Scottish Folds, these cats are pretty healthy.
Their coat is short to medium, and they come in a wide range of solid colors and patterns to complement their cute face. I love the Tabby pattern, for it gives these sweet pets a more rugged look.
Besides their cute ears, American Curls are also some of the most affectionate, happy, and friendly cat breeds.
#12 RUSSIAN BLUE
How would anyone resist those emerald-green eyes? They are the kind of eyes that seem like they see right through you. These cats also have a striking blue coat that makes them look like mystical beings.
The Russian Blue is another cat breed native to Russia, which explains their plush dense coat due to the cold temperatures in that region.
Not only are they cute, but Russian Blues are an ancient breed believed to have descended from royal cats, and they are also believed to be symbols of good omen in some cultures.
Russian Blues are intelligent and quite active, so make sure you provide enough mental and physical stimulation.
They are also not high-maintenance cats. Just brush their coat regularly, trim their nails, and visit the vet at least twice a year.
Like the Maine Coon, the Siberian is a large cat breed with fluffy hair, a muscular build, bushy tails, and a calm personality. Their long fluffy hair developed as an adaptation to the cold climates in Russia, but now it’s one of the reasons cat owners love this breed.
Their coat also looks great in white, black, cinnamon, and many other colors and patterns that it’s available in. Brushing down their hair can also be quite satisfying.
Siberian cats are affectional, playful, and cuddly. If you have high-energy kids, this can make a great pet since they remain kittens and retain their playfulness for most of their life.
Besides some reports of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a common condition in cats, Siberian cats are a healthy breed.
#14 BRITISH SHORTHAIR
British Shorthairs are famous in popular culture for many reasons, including their cuteness, calm temperament, and sweet-natured personality. Or is it because of their Cheshire smile?
In Alice in Wonderland, there’s a cat known as the Cheshire Cat (a British Shorthair) due to his mischievous grin, which British Shorthairs have.
Their curious look, friendliness, and sociability are why the Woman’s World refers to them as the kings and queens of all cute cats. Their smile isn’t the only characteristic that wows people.
They also have a thick plush coat that’s fun to brush, and they are also very healthy, living for up to 20 years. They may look like the Russian Blues, but they are sometimes larger and have copper-brown eyes instead of green eyes.
#15 EGYPTIAN MAU
Are you looking for a cute and fast cat breed? You’ll love the Egyptian Mau. This is a rare ancient breed known for a leopard-like spotted coat, a dorsal stripe along the spine, and a skin flap that enhances their speed.
Speaking of speed, the Egyptian Mau is the fastest domestic cat breed, clocking up to 48 KMH (30 MPH).
While most spotted cat breeds such as the Ocicat and Bengal were developed by crossing various cat breeds, the spots on their Egyptian Mau occurred naturally.
They actually have been used to develop the spotted cat breeds to raise awareness for the need for conservation of the leopards and other big cats. See? Cute and helpful.
Other fascinating traits of the Egyptian Mau include the various vocalizations that sound musical, changing facial expressions, and tail wiggling.
If you loved the Ragdoll cat I mentioned earlier, you’d also love the Ragamuffin. This is a cat developed by breeders who loved Ragdolls but found the breeding requirements too restrictive.
In a world where going against the rules and inventing the “new normal” is quite popular, I can see why people would love this cat.
The word “Ragamuffin” may not be the cutest word depending on where you’re from, but it looks cute on a cat. Besides, this cat was to be named Leibling, which means sweetheart in German.
Like the Ragdolls, Ragamuffins will also go limp when you pick them up, making them the best cats for those who love cuddling with their pets. They also have friendly personalities and prefer lying around all day rather than playing.
Also known as the Aby, the Abyssinian cat looks like a small lion without a mane. They come in a reddish-brown coat and a black ticked tabby pattern.
Another fascinating feature about Abyssinian cats is their origin.
They are some of the oldest cat breeds hailing from Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia). They’re so old that some of them were found among mummified animals in Egyptian tombs.
Abyssinians are also known to have a dog-like nature. That means they are intelligent, trainable, and also get too attached to their owners.
To effectively live with this cat, make sure you provide them enough companionship and stimulation. Otherwise, they could get depressed and even resort to destructive behavior.
#18 AMERICAN BOBTAIL
Featuring tuft ears, a muscular build, and a short/bobbed tail, the American Bobtail is a whole package of wild cuteness.
The bobbed tail is a result of a dominant gene, different from that in the Manx and Japanese Bobtails.
Another cute feature about American Bobtails is they are believed to be the little Houdinis of the cat kingdom. That is, don’t be surprised if you locked them in a room or cage and find they escaped.
Despite the lethal look, American Bobtails are friendly, playful, and affectionate enough to be lap cats.
All the cat breeds I have mentioned so far have a hairy coat, whether long or short, but that doesn’t mean hairless cats like the Sphynx cats can’t be cute, especially the kittens.
Sphynx cats have little to no hair, thanks to a genetic mutation. Their big ears, large eyes, wrinkly coat, and slender body give them a unique look.
People are so in love with Sphynx cats that breeders can’t satisfy the demand. And you may have to pay thousands of dollars for a purebred Sphynx cat.
But that hasn’t stopped people since they are still some of the most sought-after cat breeds. Due to their sensitive skin, Sphynx cats make good indoor cats. They are moderately active and very loyal to their owners.
#20 TURKISH ANGORA
Natives to Angora, Turkey, Turkish Angoras are known for a long silky white coat, though many other colors and patterns are also available. Their eyes are often either blue or green Though Odd eyes also occur where they’ll have a blue eye and a green eye.
Some fun facts about this bred are;
- they are kept in zoos, and
- they are Turkey’s National Treasure.
Being a white cat, a lot of them were believed to be deaf, as it happens in most white cats with blue eyes. Not all Turkish Angoras are deaf, though. But many of them are, including those with odd eyes where one ear will be deaf.
Turkish Angoras tend to be very loyal to at least one member of the family, but they will also be very friendly to everyone else in the household, including pets.
Do you find tigers “cute”? Then you’ll appreciate the Toyger. The word Toyger is actually coined from the words “Toy” and “Tiger” since this breed was developed to resemble a tiger. However, despite the wild look, they don’t contain any wild blood or DNA.
They were developed by crossing domestic cats such as Bengals. The result is a medium-sized cat with a brown color and Tiger-like black markings in a mackerel tabby pattern.
Toygers are very friendly and very playful, so make sure you can match their energy levels. That is if you can find one since they are quite rare and expensive.
This is another cat that’s popular and cute, thanks to a unique feature. While some cats have long bushy tails or at least short bobbed tails, this cat has no tail.
That’s right. It’s stocky, has a long coat, but due to a genetic mutation, some of them will have no tail.
However, some Cymrics can still be born with a short tail or a full-length tail.
Too bad the mutation that causes the lack of a tail is associated with health issues such as spine Bifida. So, you’ll always have to wait for at least 6 months to bring the kitten home.
Cymrics are friendly and playful. But they are also prone to obesity, so make sure they get enough exercise and feed on the right foods.
Dogs might be man’s best friend, but cats have a large arsenal of charms they aren’t afraid to use.
All cats take advantage of their cuteness to make you forgive them when they’ve been naughty or to get their ways.
Most owners don’t have it their hearts to refuse a cat anything when they make a sad face or hang upside-down from their cat tree.
But be careful because once you spoil your cat, you might regret it.
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- “Ask Elizabeth: White Cats and Blindness/Deafness.” 2017. Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. October 10, 2017. https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/ask-elizabeth-white-cats-and-blindnessdeafness.
- “Birman Cat Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts.” 2011. CatTime. 2011. https://cattime.com/cat-breeds/birman-cats#/slide/1.
- “Cat Breed Info Center – List of All Cat Breeds by Type, Traits & Characteristics.” 2021. CatTime. 2021. https://cattime.com/cat-breeds.
- Cymric Cat Breed Information. 2021. “Cymric Cat Breed Information.” Vetstreet. 2021. http://www.vetstreet.com/cats/cymric#health.
- “Oriental Cat Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts.” 2011. CatTime. 2011. https://cattime.com/cat-breeds/oriental-cats.
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I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.
I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
For the past three years, I’ve been an ELS teacher, pouring my heart into showing children and teenagers how important English is for their future and trying to educate them how to treat their pets with care.
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