The first traces of domesticated cats go as far back as 4400 B.C. spread all across Europe and Asia. Although cats have been around for thousands of years, some of the cutest cat breeds are a bit more recent.
People love cats because they have great personalities, a lovable nature, and they’re one of a kind. If you’re trying to bring a new kitty home but can’t decide on which breed, we’re here to help.
Read on for a list of the 10 cutest cat breeds in the world.
If you’re looking for an elegant yet cute cat breed, you need to look no further than the Persian.
To say that Persian cats have been around for a very long time would be an understatement. There are records or Persian cats that date back all the way to 1684 B.C. in Persia, modern-day Iran.
These regal cats also became the favorite of the nobility for thanks to their unique appearance.
Persians are a mid-size breed — weighing in at around 7 to 12 pounds. These cats also have adorable and quiet personalities which add to their appeal.
Keep in mind that although Persian cats love to sit on your lap, they don’t enjoy loud environments.
2. American Curl
Unlike other cat breeds that date back centuries, American Curl cats only go back to the 1980s.
This breed is characterized by the iconic ears that curl backward, which are as a result of a genetic mutation.
This genetic mutation gave birth to a new entire breed of adorable cats. Aside from the adorable ears, these cats also have fun and gentle personalities.
Because their size ranges between 5 and 10 pounds, they’re perfectly suited for apartment life. They are low-maintenance as long as you remember to brush their coat, clean their ears, and keep their litter box clean.
As the name suggests, these cats had their origins in Russia, specifically Siberia. Although this cat breed has been around for over 1,000 years, Siberians didn’t come to the United States until 1990.
Because they were used to surviving in harsh climates, Siberian cats are a larger size cat weighing in at 8 to 17 pounds. They also have a thick triple coat, which you should brush at least twice a week to prevent knots.
This cat breed is sweet and calm and they can adjust to pretty much any environment. However, they are keen and agile, so try to provide mental stimulation.
4. Munchkin Cat
This breed of cats has its origin in Britain in the 1940s. Munchkin cats are adorable and lovable like many other breeds, except their legs are 3 inches shorter in than usual. So if you’re looking for a cute cat breed that stays small, they are a great option.
Think of the Munchkin breed as the Dachshunds or Corgis of the cat world. Their appearance is due to a genetic mutation, but this breed of cats doesn’t suffer from spinal problems like dogs do.
Because of their shorter than usual legs, these cats are about 6 to 9 pounds. These cats have sweet depositions and are quite lovable and playful.
Munchkins can have long or shorter coats, so you have to brush their coats accordingly.
5. Maine Coon
As the name suggests, this cat breed is a native of Maine. However, the ancestors of the Main Coons used to sail in ships catching mice.
There are various theories surrounding their origins. Some say Vikings transported them to North America before Columbus. While others say Main Coons were brought to America on a ship that was supposed to transport Marie Antoinette to safety.
Regardless of how they got there, Main Coons are beloved cats. Maine Coons are quite large they tip the scales at 9 to 18 pounds.
Although these cats love affection, they won’t necessarily stay glued to your lap. Since they’re so smart, you can have fun trying to teach them tricks and make sure you give them plenty of toys.
6. Scottish Fold
When we think of really cute cat breeds, it’s impossible not to almost immediately go to the Scottish Fold.
The Scottish Fold is another breed of cat that was born as a result of a genetic mutation. The Scottish Fold breed gets its name because the ears fold in.
At the time the breed originated, vets were concerns these cats would suffer from ear infections or other related problems. But these cats have varying health conditions that are related to the shape of their ears.
Scottish Folds are quite active and enjoy playing around and staying active. However, you can also expect them to enjoy time on your lap.
7. American Bobtail
If you’re looking at a cat with a short fluffy tail, chances are you’re looking at an American Bobtail.
American Bobtails became a recognized breed in 1989 by the International Cat Association. Since they’re a mid-sized breed, you can expect them to weigh between 8 to 13 pounds.
These cats are the perfect companion since they like to be social and you can even train them to walk on a leash. They are also low-maintenance, so all you have to do is brush them a few times a week.
If you see a cat that looks like it’s ready to attend a masquerade, then you just met a Siamese cat. They also have darker colored paws, ears, and tails. Not too mention, Siamese cats also have deep blue eyes.
Siamese cats tend to be quite opinionated and they’re not afraid to voice their displeasure. Although they can be opinionated, they also love to be by your side.
Siamese are one of the cutest cat breeds as adults and kittens!
9. Exotic Shorthair
For those who are not familiar with the breed, it can be quite easy to mistake an Exotic cat for a Persian. Although they have a similar flat face, Exotics lack the luscious coat of the Persian.
Exotics are lovable but independent cats. They love to be next to their owners, but they can also entertain themselves when you’re away.
Birman cats share some of the same characteristics of Siamese cats such as the blue eyes, masquerade face, and darker ears and tail.
If you want a cat with the similar physical characteristics of a Siamese without the loud vocal cords, the Birman is the best choice.
Finding The Cutest Cat Breeds
Although all feline companions are adorable, these are some of the cutest cat breeds around.
There are plenty of adorable breeds of cats to choose from such as an Exotic, Birman, Siamese, and more. We suggest looking at your local shelter for your next feline friend, but there are lots of ways to adopt breed specific rescue kitties, too. Contact your local shelter for more information about the cats they currently have and see if you can’t find one or two from our list of the cutest cat breeds.
Once you decide which adorable cat breed you like, it’s important to keep them happy and healthy. Check out this article to learn about the best self-cleaning litter boxes.