Updated in 2021
Are you fascinated with grey cat breeds and can’t get enough of their stunning appearance?
Then we’ve got a special surprise for all grey kitty lovers!
Today is literally all about these beauties!
Keep on reading to discover 15 fabulous silver cat breeds that will steal your heart.
Top 15 Most Gorgeous Grey Cat Breeds
Cats come in so many magnificent shades and colors, and we can spend hours arguing which the most adorable one is.
However, unlike black cat breeds, which some people consider a bad omen, grey cats are universally loved and cherished.
The silver-blue coats, expressive eyes, and dignified stature turn grey cats into a mystery that you want to solve and understand what goes through your cat’s head.
There’s just something about them that you can’t help but love.
Interestingly, grey isn’t a rare color, and cats come in all shades of grey or combinations of grey and other colors.
However, only three breeds are exclusively in grey.
Still, we’re going to take a look at the 15 most fabulous silver cats in the world.
#1 British Shorthair
When you say “gray cat breed,” most people automatically think of the regal British Shorthair with their blue-grey coat and yellow eyes.
That’s not surprising since British Shorthairs are one of the best breeds and one of the most sought-after types of grey cats.
British Shorthairs usually have the typical British reserve and are affectionate without being too demanding or bossy.
They love to be around people but aren’t lap cats and hate to be carried around.
The British’s short coat comes in almost all colors, including lilac, tabby, white and grey, and black. However, the blue color is the most famous one.
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard about this big grey cat breed with big eyes!
The Chartreux is a rare grey medium hair cat breed from France and might steal your heart with their deep orange eyes, blue lips, and rose paw pads.
The Chartreux was a common cat in France during the 18th century and was valued as one of the best mousers.
However, furriers prized the Chartreux’s grey coat for its softness and fabulous blue color and killed many of these adorable cats.
Nowadays, the Chartreux makes excellent companions who love ear scratches and any attention you can spare.
Otherwise, they’re quiet, well-mannered, and laid-back cats with a middle-of-the-road personality.
The Chartreux is one of the cat breeds whose coat comes in shades of blue and gray.
Look at those mystical green eyes, heart-shaped heads, and silver-blue coats!
The majestic Korat is impossible to miss when talking about all grey cat breeds.
This cute grey cat comes from Thailand, where people consider this silver cat breed to be a good luck charm.
They are traditionally gifted in pairs since Korats are social cats that like to have company.
If you fall for the charm of this big grey cat, be prepared to relinquish personal space.
The Korat is possessive and obsessed with its owners and often follows you around the house as a dark shadow.
Without company, Korats often develop behavior problems, and that’s why some consider them an aggressive cat breed.
These silver cats are also quite energetic, love to learn tricks, and enjoy playing with toys.
On the bright side, Korats have an easy-to-care-for blue-gray coat and don’t shed much. They also don’t need frequent baths.
Another all gray cat breed with green eyes is the fabulous Nebelung with their long, bushy tails, muscular bodies, and haunting emerald-green eyes.
Their name fittingly means “creature of mist, ” a reference to their floating silver-grey double coat.
Since the Nebelung gained recognition in 1997, they are a relatively new and rare breed.
But this fluffy grey cat has many fans due to their mellow temperament, playful demeanor, and stunning appearance.
If you’ve fallen in love with this smokey cat breed, you should know that they’re sensitive kitties.
If you ignore or neglect them, the Nebelung might become fearful or anxious.
They’re also wary of strangers, but very affectionate towards owners.
Interestingly, some Nebelung kittens have “ghost stripes,” which disappear as the kitten matures.
Males also tend to have a distinctive neck tuff that reminds me of a lion’s mane.
#5 Russian Blue
Look at the Russian Blue’s deep emerald eyes and be amazed by their stunning blue coat with silver-tipped hairs!
Russian Blues are sensitive, affectionate, and loyal to their owners.
These smokey cat breeds aren’t quick to make friends with strangers and often prefer to observe from up high before they climb down to greet people.
However, the Russian Blue is wholly devoted to their owners and loves to perch on their favorite person’s shoulder.
These big grey cats also don’t handle change very well and hate it when you neglect them or forget to feed them.
Interestingly, several cat associations accept Russian Blues in black and white or black.
These dark gray cats are also considered a hypoallergenic cat breed because their short, dense coat doesn’t shed much.
Do you want a big grey cat breed to follow you around the house and keep you company while you work?
Then all you need is the gorgeous Siberian with their silky fur, bushy tails, and intelligent eyes.
The interesting thing about Siberians is that they’ve got a triple coat, which comes in all possible colors and patterns.
So, if you’re looking for the fluffiest white and grey cat breed, the Siberian will fit the bill.
Moreover, these majestic cats make excellent therapy animals due to their calm disposition and affectionate nature.
The Siberian loves to sit in your lap or cuddle next to you and never abandon you when you’re feeling under the weather.
However, Siberians shed a lot, especially during spring and autumn.
They’re also one of the largest cat breeds with an astonishing weight of up to 17-20 pounds.
Another dark gray cat breed we have to mention is the hairless Sphynx. Did you think that they only come in pink?
Sphynx cats might be almost bold, but their skin pigmentation can be dark grey, red, cream, golden, and blue-cream, among a few.
Some Sphynx cats have very short and fine hair that will be the same color as their skin.
While the Sphynx might not win beauty contests with their wrinkled bodies and big-eared heads, they’ve got a charming personality and a sharp intellect.
They aren’t shy to meet strangers and love to be in the center of attention.
However, the Sphynx’s hairless coat isn’t that easy to care for as most people imagine.
They do shed little, but Sphynx cats need frequent baths to remove grease from their skin.
#8 Scottish Fold
Another big grey cat breed in our list is no other than the lovely Scottish Fold.
Easy to recognize due to their folded ears, the Scottish fold’s coat comes in many colors and patterns, including red, cameo, black, tabby/silver, and particular.
As a whole, Scottish Fold cats are a curious bunch and love to be around their owners and participate in your activities.
They also like to pose in odd positions and guarantee you a load of cute cat pictures.
Since the adorable Scottish Folds are social cats, they don’t like to be left alone at home for long hours.
They enjoy puzzles and toys but prefer to have company and expect you to make up for your abscess when you come home.
The Scottish Fold’s grey coat is easy to care for and requires two brushings per week to remove dead hair.
Their folded ears need more attention to prevent infection.
#9. Devon Rex
Featuring a smallish and mischievous look, the Devon Rex makes the perfect companion for anyone looking for a relatively active cat.
Devon Rex cats are known for their wavy coats, which resulted from a genetic mutation.
Besides the curly coat, they also have a striking slender body, large ears, cheeky bones, and large eyes.
Devon Rex cats originated from Devon, England, in the 1950s. And their mother was named Kirlee.
It was around the same time that the Cornish Rex cats (a cat breed with the same wavy coat but a different gene) were discovered.
The Devon Rex cats we have today occur in various coat colors, including gray, black, chocolate, sable, tan, white, fawn, silver, and many others.
Caring for them isn’t that complicated. Ensure you brush their coat regularly, bathe them regularly, and trim their nails.
Since they are high-energy cats, you need to make sure they have enough stuff to play with, such as interactive toys and cat trees.
Also, due to their curly coat, they are considered hypoallergenic, making them an excellent fit for people who are allergic to pet hair.
#10. Persian Cat
The Persian Cat is one of the most loved breeds in the world. These cats are known for their long, soft fur and a body that is always curled up.
They also have a sweet face that many people find adorable and loving. Unlike the Devon Rex, they are docile, cuddly, and very friendly.
These cats live an average of 12-15 years which is quite long for a cat breed. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t prone to diseases.
According to Vetstreet, Persian cats are prone to Polycystic Kidney Disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and bladder stones.
Persians are also high-maintenance cats, requiring regular brushing of their plush coat, teeth brushing, and regular bathing.
Be more careful when cleaning their pushed-in face.
Despite the health issues and high-maintenance requirements, people still love Persian cats.
This cat breed comes in gray (blue according to some cat registries), cream, red, cameo, silver, and blue silver.
#11. American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is one of the most popular breeds of cat in the USA.
They are one of the oldest breeds, first registered in 1906, where they were pretty popular in cat shows.
But before that, and probably later into the 20th century, American Shorthairs were best known for keeping mice, rats, and even squirrels away from homes.
Unlike other breeds, these cats are easily distinguished by their markings which create a pattern on their fur.
The American Shorthair does not require too much attention; this is why they are perfect for those who want a pet but don’t have much time to take care of it.
They also do not shed too much, making them ideal for people with allergies or sensitive noses.
Since these animals prefer cooler temperatures, which explains the dense coats, they may not be suited to live in hotter climates like Florida or Texas, but they will do well in Canada or Alaska due to the cooler weather.
Ragdolls are among the largest of all varieties of shorthaired cats. Their long fur is soft and silky to the touch.
They are known for their gentle and affectionate nature, making them particularly popular with families with children, senior citizens, and people who reside in nursing homes.
Ragdolls tend to be quite laid back and like to spend their time relaxing on top of beds or furniture. But they may sometimes be playful.
And unlike the American Shorthairs that don’t like to be held, Ragdolls will relax their bodies every time you want to lift them or cuddle.
They are also known for being mild-mannered, easy-going, intelligent, and highly adaptable pets, but they require additional care due to their laidback nature.
For instance, make sure they have enough toys to play with when they need to.
#13. Turkish Angora
Also known as the Ankara Kedisi, or Ankara Cat, the Turkish Angora is an intelligent breed that originated from Turkey (obviously).
In fact, it’s actually the country’s National Treasure.
They are also known for being quite playful animals that enjoy exploring new territory and getting into mischief with other pets in the household.
These animals will also play games and even catch small toys with their paws.
The Ankara Cat has huge, almond-shaped eyes, which gives them an innocent expression, and they’re one of the longest-haired cat breeds in the world.
Turkish Angoras are not very demanding of attention or companionship.
Just make sure they have enough toys and an elevated section where they can perch, and they’ll be fine.
White was the primary coat color among Turkish Angoras, but they are now available in grey, lavender, red, and black.
White Turkish Angoras may be deaf, especially those with blue eyes – a condition common in various cat breeds but tends to be more prevalent in this breed.
Other than that, Turkish Angoras are generally healthy, but they can suffer from common issues like all cats do. So, make regular trips to the Vet to make sure they are okay.
How about maintenance? This breed requires grooming like other modern cat breeds, including brushing to avoid hairballs or matting of the fur.
Weekly trips to the groomer are also recommended to keep fur free of tangles and knots, leading to health issues like lice or fleas.
#14. Norwegian Forest Cat
As the name implies, Norwegian Forest Cats originated from Norway.
They are a large cat breed, usually weighing 12 to 20 pounds, and their fur can be blue/grey, black, or white.
The Norwegian Forest Cat also has a double coat that makes them feel warm in the winter months, but the thicker coats require additional maintenance such as brushing and combing to avoid matting of the fur or knots.
The topcoat is long, glossy, and waterproof, while the undercoat is thick to protect them from cold temperatures.
These giant cats are friendly, playful, high-energy, and enjoy spending time with their owners.
#15. Oriental Longhair
The Oriental Longhair is a longhaired cat breed that was first developed in the 19th century in Ankara, Turkey.
But that version became extinct, and the breed was later redeveloped in the 20th century by crossing Siamese cats with Abyssinian, Russian Blues, British Shorthairs, and many other cat breeds.
There are two types of Orientals; the Longhairs and the Shorthairs.
Some cat registries consider both shorthairs and longhairs as one breed, while others categorize them as two separate breeds.
Oriental longhairs are characterized by a long silky coat, a thin triangular head, and almond-shaped eyes.
They come in a wide variety of solid coat colors, including grey and patterns such as tabbys and tortoiseshells.
Just like their Siamese parents, Oriental Longhairs can be pretty talkative, playful, and demanding attention.
Before getting one of these cats, make sure you have enough time to spend with them.
If you’ve fallen in love with a grey cat breed, do your research before getting a purebred cat.
While pretty and adorable, some of these breeds need special care and are likely to get stolen if you let them outside.
If you have the opportunity, it’s better to adopt a grey cat than buy.
There are plenty of short and long-haired grey cats that need forever homes and will shower you with the same amount of love as purebred ones.
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