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When dog people talk about dogs, they always talk about breeds – “my friend’s Goldendoodle”, or “her new Beagle puppy”.
Cat people, on the other hand, we just talk about cats. Obsessively. We especially love cat memes and weird cats.
Among the 73 recognized cat breeds, there are tons of unusual-looking felines. Here are some of our favorite peculiar-looking cats to inspire you to add another to your cattery.
1. Exotic Shorthair
Known as “the lazy man’s Persian”, the Exotic Shorthair belongs to the Persian family, but it lacks the massive hair, making maintenance easy. This gentle feline comes in a variety of colors with a face you can’t say no to – short nose, chubby cheeks, and big, round, loving eyes.
Contrary to what Joey thinks, Mrs. Whiskerson indeed is a cat (and not a snake) – a hilarious Friends episode featured Rachel buying a Sphynx cat, which turned out to be very naughty. In reality, Sphynx cats are extremely friendly and they like to snuggle under the covers with their owners. Although they are famous for being hairless, they actually do have a little hair on the nose and backs of the ears.
3. Scottish Fold
Folded ears are this breed’s signature trait that contributes to the owl-like appearance. And like owls, Scottish Fold cats are intelligent, inquisitive, and very sweet. Scottish Fold likes a good meal and isn’t as active as other breeds, but they enjoy human company.
4. Selkirk Rex
The cat in the sheep’s clothing, as they sometimes call them, Selkirk Rex has soft, plush fur that needs frequent combing. They’re easy-going, affectionate, and devoted to their owners – so much so that they don’t mind putting a leash on to participate in family walks.
5. American Wirehair
As suggested by the name, American Wirehair has a frizzy, hard, wire-like coat that doesn’t require much grooming. Tabby is their most common color pattern, with or without white variations. American Wirehair is witty, curious, and loves being around people; while they may occasionally play fetch, they still prefer cuddling with their human friends.
Munchkin cats have long bodies and short legs – they’re the equivalent of Dachshunds in the cat world. Munchkins are highly intelligent and curious cats, which love to run around and explore. However, once they get tired, they like to climb into the bed and get cuddly with their owners.
7. Japanese Bobtail
The Japanese Bobtail breed is known for its extraordinary tail, consisting of angles and curves. Their hind legs are much longer than their forelegs, which makes them excellent jumpers. Japanese Bobtails are adventurous and very talkative – they communicate through a range of mews and chirps.
8. Norwegian Forest
Don’t be fooled by the Norwegian Forest’s large size – this cat is gentle, sweet, loyal, and likes to hang out with everyone. The luscious coat dates back to the time when they lived in the forest, and it served as natural protection against the cold weather. Norwegian Forest cat is intelligent, calm, but also athletic, so be sure to provide them with scratching posts with seats, so that they can jump up and climb.
9. Khao Manee
Khao Manee means “white gem” in Thai, and this cat is truly a gem – it’s graceful, curious, playful, and sociable. Khao Manee has a shiny white coat, a heart-shaped head, and striking eyes, often one blue and the other yellow, amber or green. This cat is also very talkative, so be ready to engage in long conversations.
No, they didn’t have an appointment at the hairdresser’s – the soft, curly hairs are LaPerm’s natural asset. LaPerm is a lap cat that’s extremely affectionate and creates a strong bond with people. They’re also active and playful, and love to take part in any family activity.
Graceful and elegant, Abyssinians are considered one of the oldest cat breeds, and their almond-shaped eyes look like those found on cat statues in ancient Egypt. Abys come in traditional colors (cinnamon, chocolate, blue, lilac, etc.) and silver colors. They’re energetic, playful, and extremely loyal to their owners, so they make great family companions.
Highlander, also known as Highland Lynx, is a strong, muscular cat that resembles a wildcat. Highlanders have recognizable curled ears, bobbed tails, and polydactyl paws, which means they have extra toes. Highlanders are affectionate, social, and very energetic, so be sure to provide them with plenty of playtime.
13. Turkish Van
The Turkish Van breed is known for its white coat with patches of dark color on its head and tail. Energetic and playful, this robust cat particularly enjoys swimming. Turkish Van cats are loving and affectionate, but also highly intelligent and a bit mischievous.
Our feline friends are full of surprises and they have many features that make them unique. Did you enjoy this list? Let us know in the comments!
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