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20 Cutest Cat Breeds You’ll Want to Cuddle

20 Cutest Cat Breeds You’ll Want to Cuddle

There really is no such thing as a cat that isn’t cute. However, there are some breeds that tend to melt our hearts even faster than the average – and that appeal to the widest number of people.

Fluffy ragamuffin cat in the studio.

20 Cutest Cat Breeds

1. Maine Coon Cats

These fluffy felines are really something special. Known to be real gentle giants, they’re often referred to as the dogs of the cat world thanks to the unique Maine Coon personality.

maine coon tabby cat staring with very pointy ears

So if you’re a self-proclaimed dog person but looking to broaden your horizons, this will be your perfect transition to being a cat owner too.

Maine Coons are friendly, loveable, and very vocal. Their sizable bodies and heavy, double-layer long hair kept them well-protected against the brutal cold in Maine, which is the state they originated from.

maine coon cat tabby on white background
maine coon cat

With so much personality and love to give, you may soon find yourself leaning towards the Maine Coon breed. 

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2. Munchkin Cats

The Munchkin cat is everyone’s favorite cutie. With teeny tiny short little legs and normal-sized bodies, these diverse cats are absolutely adorable.

The munchkin’s dog counterpart is undoubtedly the sausage dog, as they share the short-legged trait. This is why these little felines are also called the “sausage cat”.

Munchkin cat on couch
Munchkin Cat

Considered the original dwarf cat, the Munchkin cat breed is not exclusive and can be linked to a number of other breeds. For example, you can find a Scottish fold munchkin cat or even a Maine coon munchkin cat. It’s all about that short-legged gene mutation.

There is quite a lot of controversy surrounding these sweet looking felines, as there is concern over potential health and mobility issues. They were not considered an official breed for many years and were not allowed to take part in feline competitions.

shallow focus photography of cat
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Even today, there are a number of councils and associations that do not recognize the Munchkin cat breed.

However, most sources say that the shortness of their legs does not affect the Munchkin’s running and leaping abilities. Also, they are not generally found to have more joint or bone problems than other cat breeds. So, if you are passionate about their little legs, your ethics needn’t be compromised.

The personalities of Munchkin cats are generally sweet, outgoing, and intelligent. They also respond well to being handled, which is lovely, as you’ll undoubtedly want to hold these cuties all day long.

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3. Siberian Cats

My own feline friend, Alexei, is a Siberian, so I’m particularly partial to this amazing breed. With a thick, luxurious coat, stunning colors and affectionate personality, Siberians are well-suited to any home.

black siberian cat in tree

They’re laid-back but enjoy playing, and are very attached to their humans. You’ll often find your Siberian cat following along behind you and cuddling up as soon as you take a seat.

siberian tabby cat up close face shot with paws

As you may expect, this loving cat comes from Siberia in Russia, so they’re well suited to cold conditions. It’s an ancient breed thought to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. That’s quite the pedigree.

4. Russian Blue Cats

With emerald-green eyes and a luxurious silvery coat, Russian Blues are a startlingly pretty breed. The Russian Blue is sweet-tempered and fine-featured, with long legs that allow it to run at high speeds.

Russian blue cat portrait one of the cutest cat breeds
Russian Blue Cat

This expensive breed of cat really enjoys play and requires a good bit of attention when you get home. Although, they do enjoy napping in a quiet corner and tend to shy away from large groups.

photo of russian blue cat playing with brown wooden stick while lying on grass
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Often demanding at mealtimes, these happy felines can get quite chunky if you’re not firm. Russian Blue cats are another very intelligent breed, so it’s important to provide enough mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy.

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5. Ragdoll Cat Breed

Playful and friendly, with stunning blue eyes, the Ragdoll cat is a famously fun pet. Their most fascinating feature is their tendency to lie limp when you pick them up (as opposed to most cats, who squirm out of your hold as soon as they can).

white ragdoll cat with blue eyes on bench with basket and light
Ragdoll Cat

Ragdoll cats are loyal, and often greet their humans at the door. They’re also great with dogs and children, making them perfect for families.

ragdoll cat with blue eyes against a timber background
Ragdoll Cat

With a sweet and gentle temperament, Ragdolls are super relaxed with strangers and will seek a bit of love from everyone. This is one of the friendliest expensive cat breeds.

6. Egyptian Mau Cat

A rare breed with a beautifully spotted coat, the Egyptian Mau cat is a historic breed. It has a medium-sized but muscular build, with longer hind legs. They are the fastest domestic cat breed in the world!

Two egyptian mau cats on a purple background perfect for egyptian cat names
Egyptian Mau Cats

Egyptian Mau cats prefer heat and are quite sensitive to temperature. So if you live somewhere very cold, keep this in mind.

With a balanced temperament and a preference for activity, it’s best to have a large garden for your Mau cat. They’re very loyal and cheerful, and love snuggles. Smart enough to turn on the faucet, Egyptian Mau cats also love playing with water.

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7. Persian Cats

Persian cats are affectionate, docile, and gentle kitties. This breed has a quiet demeanor; they plop down on any soft surface and simply pose for your appreciation. These elegant cats are not very active, which makes them the perfect indoor pet.

Persian cat, sitting in front of white background
Persian cat

They do require regular grooming (at least once a day) and enjoy being pampered. Try to find a comb or a cat brush that’s appropriate for the length of your Persian Cat’s coat. You’ll find, with these bundles of joys, the more you groom them, the more lovable they’ll become toward you.

Although affectionate, Persian cats are discriminative and reserve their attention for family and a few trusted guests.

white-persian-cat on side lying on ground

This beautiful flat flaced cat breed does get along with children and other household pets; however, they aren’t fans of loud environments but rather serene homes where little changes.

8. British Shorthair Cats

The British Shorthair cat is a medium to large-sized cat breed with large gold, orange, or copper color eyes, a short, broad nose, and a short to medium coat. Daily grooming of these felines is necessary, especially during seasonal changes.

Portrait of British shorthair cat white white background
British Shorthair Cat

These lovely kitties are highly intelligent; however, they are still happy to stay inside and play with toys and people. Get some wand-like toys and start a game with your British Shorthair cat; it can be great fun.

British shorthair cat with camera

This indoor cat breed has an easy-going personality and provides great companionship. While these cats love to play, they don’t require hourly attention.

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9. Himalayan Cats

These gentle cats boast lovely, deep blue eyes and long, dense coats. The Himalayan cat is medium-sized, with similar appearance and features to the Persian cat.

white fluffy Himalaya cat with darker face and blue eyes
Himalaya Cat

Though, they differ in blue eye color and have white or cream color coats, with a variety of color points resulting from crossing with the Siamese cat.

cute fluffy cat on floor near open door
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The Himalayan cats, or Himmies, are beautiful and often exhibit kitten-like bursts of energy. They can go from snoozing in sunlight to zipping around through the living room. Himalayan cats make great companions and thrive on interaction, exercise, and grooming.

10. Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora cats are known for their long, silky coats which often becomes longest around the cat’s neck. They are an adorable combination of large ears, almond shaped eyes and a small to medium sized head.

White turkish angora odd eye cat lying down seen from the side looking at the camera isolated on a white background

These friendly and gentle cats also have a more boisterous side and love run, jump and explore. He loves to play and will do most anything to get your attention.

turkish angora cat

One of the many elements of the cuteness of this cat breed is that the playfulness they exhibit as kittens is maintained throughout their lives. They will enjoy curling up next to you and on you on both the couch and your bed.

11. Ragamuffin Cats

This often large and long bodied cat is as cute as its name. Its soft and silky coat can become quite long and fluffy. This cat breed likes to be held like a baby and is known for its docile nature.

Fluffy ragamuffin cat in the studio.

Ragamuffin cats are known for behaving more like a puppy than a kitten. They love to play fetch, learn new tricks and even go out for a walk. Ragamuffins are very much lap cats and will be at their happiest close to their favourite people.

12. American Bobtail Cat Breed

With a short tail, tufted ears and toes and a slightly short neck the American Bobtail cat breed screams cuddle me.

Bobtail cat portrait

This playful breed is great with families and gets on well with strangers. Many compare his personality with that of a golden retriever dog. This is a devoted and loyal breed that also often enjoys going out on walks.

bobcat kitten

This intelligent cat breed loves a puzzle or a game and playing fetch. He is also a curious kitty who is quite easy going so well suited to travel and outdoor adventures.

13. Bengal Cat Breed

Bengal cats are one of the newer cat breeds, a combination of the asian leopard cat and a US domestic cat. These affectionate cats are energetic and playful.

bengal cat

A distinctive feature of their thick and lustrous coat is the pearl or gold dusting or glitter effect. This is one of the many features of the lovely Bengal cat that contributes to its extreme cuteness.

bengal cat

The breed is also known for its black-rimmed and almond shaped eyes and distinctive whisker pads. Add to this their thick tail that often finishes in a black tapered tip and you have one seriously cute cat.

14. Birman Cat Breed

This adorable breed is characterised by its darker face which contrasts with a generally white body. The Birman’s bushy tail and paws are also usually dark as are the insides of their ears. All of this is offset by gorgeous blue eyes.

Birmanese Domestic Cat

These affectionate and gentle cats were bred to be companions so they are happiest with human companion and spending time with their favourite humans.

Birman cat at home on sunny day

They tend to be happiest when indoors and best suited to this type of lifestyle. Many owners find them so adorable they end up with a second Birman and this breed loves the company of other kitties as well as humans.

15. American Curl

These happy kitties are affectionate, healthy, and talkative. The name refers to the unique ears of the American Curl Cat, which curl backward in a particularly sweet way.

white american curl cat with dark eyes
American Curl Cat

Like the Wirehair cats, American curl cats are all descended from a single natural genetic mutation. They’re one of the youngest cat breeds, having moved from stray to pedigreed in just six years.

tabby american curl

Curious, clever, and people-loving, the American Curl is perfect for families. They love to greet people with a little head bump or a rub against the legs. Curls are also active and adaptable, with older Curls known to be just as active as younger ones.

16. Abyssinian Cats

Your Abyssinian cat may well become your best friend. This high energy cats are always on and ready for fun. What they love most is being close to their owner so they will tend to be in whichever room that you are in.

This breed has a relatively small face which means its large almond shaped eyes stand out even more.

young Abyssinian cat in action
young Abyssinian cat in action

This friendly cat breed is also known for its intelligence and its love of a good climb so be sure to give it a garden or a cat tower for playing. But most of all the Abyssinian loves its human family.

This sociable cat likes company so if you have a busy lifestyle it might be an idea to get another cat or pet to keep it company when you’re not there.

Abyssinian Cat lying down

17. Chartreux

This french cat breed also only comes in grey or blue as it is often called. It is known as one of the most polite breeds – not a word normally associated with cats!

This is one kitty that doesn’t like to complain and will be not just your friend but a friend to any guests as well.

Gray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes on a couch.
Gray chartreux cat with a yellow eyes on a couch

Their round eyes tend to come in shades between copper and gold, which beautifully offset their blue-grey coats.

This still rather rare cat breed is a great option for a busy person who lives on their own or a busy couple/family. It likes to play but this desire generally comes in spurts. And this is a breed which is quite good at entertaining itself.

Chartreux cat, 10 months old, in front of white background
Chartreux cat, 10 months old

18. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold cats, named for their unusual folded ears and striking, yellowish-orange eye colors, these kitties just love to be around people. These easy-going cats have a great personality and get along with anyone.

Scottish fold cat with yellow eyes one of the big eyed cat breeds
Scottish fold cat with yellow eyes

Whilst they may be best known for those funny folded ears this breed is also characterised by beautiful big round eyes. Their eyes come in shades of gold, blue or grey and green. Add these to those fluffy ears and you have one cute cat breed!

As active mousers, Scottish fold cats are playful, sensitive, and expressive. These joyful felines have a habit of posing in odd positions – sitting upright as if they were a meerkat, lying flat on the floor, or on their backs with their paws in the air.

They are moderately active and enjoy toys that test their agility and challenge their intelligence, like puzzle toys. Scottish fold cats crave attention and make great companions, so expect to play with them when you get home from work or school.

Grey scottish fold cat face up close
Scottish Fold Cat

19. Toyger Cat Breed

The Toyger is a newer cat breed and was originally called the California Toyger. The word Toyger was meant to be a mix of toy and tiger. The name derives from its tiger-like and slightly wild appearance but domestic cat nature.

toyger cat breed
toyger cat

Toygers are extremely affectionate and can attach themselves to their humans. It is an active breed but definitely a lap cat. They love to play – particularly with feather toys – and have lots of energy. But once they are worn out they will come and seek out your lap.

Their coats are dense and soft with a luxurious appearance. This expensive cat breed currently only has one colour which is brown mackerel tabby. The mix of black and gold drive their resemblance to tigers.

toyger cat
toyger cat

They have a sleek body and a long and luxurious tail, small rounded ears, and small to medium eyes. Their eye colour is normally yellow or green. There is only a limited number of accredited Toyger breeders and this also drives their high price.

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20. Cymrics

This very furry breed is best known for something that it doesn’t have – a tail. A cat this furry does require quite a bit of grooming and brushing. But this will be offset by its playful personality.

cymric cat

This is quite a stocky cat, more like a British Short Hair with its rounded head and rounded rear. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs which can give can be clearly seen.

cymric cat

Cymric cats come in a whole range of colours, one of which is the lovely tuxedo pattern. And do note that not every Cymric cat comes with a tail so this may be something that you want to check with the breeder if it is of importance.

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