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In the feline world, looks may be deceiving. As we all know, these furry cuties are masters of deception (and stalking our feet). It should be of no surprise to know that even the tiniest of cats are still as predatorily inclined as a lion.
There are plenty of small cat breeds in existence – tiny little furry felines to crawl into your heart and steal your soul. As big as the Maine Coon can get, so small can the mini cats go.
So, join us as we delve into the cute world of miniature cat breeds. You might even discover something interesting, like the deadliest cat on Earth being a tiny kitty.
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Smallest Cat Breeds: Tiny Paws, Big Roars
Now when we talk about small cats, the image of a munchkin cat might come to mind. They are, after all, some of the smallest cats around. However, for our list of cuddly mini cats, we’ll be talking about more than those cute little rug-huggers (an official term for their height).
To kick things off, we have the smallest domestic cat breed in the world, known as the Singapura. These cute kitties are, generally speaking, about half the size of the average cat. Their tiny frames can weigh as little as four pounds, ranging up to eight. Don’t let this small bundle of fur fool you, as it belies their feisty nature.
Singapuras are affectionate and social, but also very active. You might be surprised to see the athletics this kitty can get up to, as well as their high-octane antics. They thrive on attention and love being in the spotlight.
One of the striking features of a Pura is its huge eyes, often resembling anime characters, that are perfect for staring into your soul. They are also incredibly chatty, making quite a racket for such a small body. Luckily their voices are soft and “cute”, befitting of their stature.
It seems there might be a trend brewing: tiny cats with huge eyes and even bigger personalities! The Burmese cat is no exception, with an almost dog-like personality that can win over the biggest of “non-cat people”. Burmese can range from 8 to 15 pounds.
Interestingly, there are two types of Burmese, namely European (slender-bodied) and American (stockier and with a wider head). Regardless, these cats have luxurious, silky single-shade coats that come in a range of colors.
These guys will win you over with their affectionate tendencies, often sticking to you like velcro. They are also quite intelligent and love putting on a show (as long as some treats are on the table). Bonding with your cat is easy when it has such a loving persona.
A pint-sized cooing cat, the American Curl will wiggle and squirm its way into your family and your lap. They are very relaxed and easy-going, especially with new people or other pets. Their five to ten pounds of furry affection will often find itself attached to your side.
Their unique trait, the curled ears, is due to a harmless genetic mutation. Strangely enough, kittens are born with their ears completely straight, but after a few days, they will curl back into the iconic shape.
They are a very youthful, fun-loving breed that is perfect for new cat owners. They are extremely adaptable and get along well with children, as they often spoil them with attention.
Monkey cat, imp cat, and Jack Russell are just some of the unique names these bat-eared cuties possess. The Devon Rex, or “poodle cat” because of its wavy coat, is a ridiculously funny cat that will have you in stitches with its silly games and crazy hijinks.
Devon Rexes are very social, extremely easy-going, and they love attention from just about anyone, strangers included.
Munchkin and Other Mixed Breeds
You knew it was coming (although they can be hard to spot, being so low to the ground)! The Munchkin cat is one of the most well-known tiny cats around, with their teeny little legs. However, we don’t recommend buying into this designer cat breed, because it’s harmful and cruel to the cat.
They tip the scales at six to nine pounds and can have a height of five to seven inches. However, their unique look is due to a genetic mutation, which can, unfortunately, have an impact on their overall health and wellbeing. Because of this, we do not support buying a Munchkin cat.
World’s Smallest Wild Cats
While the breeding world has lots of cute little felines, the Rusty-Spotted Cat snatches the crown as the world’s tiniest feline furball. A meager 1.8 – 3.5 pounds on the scale, these are cats that stay small. Adorably enough, they are also known as the “hummingbird of the cat family”.
The deadliest cat on the planet is the Black-Footed Cat. They have a 60% success rate when hunting, making them deadly little terrors. They also happen to be the second smallest cats on Earth, as well as the smallest cats in Africa. This tiny cat breed can weigh a fraction of the big cats, an astonishing 2.2 – 5.5 pounds.
Final Thoughts on Tiny Cats – Big Personalities
So there we have it: some of the smallest cats around, but they more than make up for tiny stature with their larger-than-life presence in the house. These sweethearts will make their existence known in your home, often being responsible for those belly-laughs and tearing eyes.
Make no mistake, a small cat is still a cat. They may be cute, but they are also feisty and can give you a run around the house when they get the zoomies. Bringing a kitten home is a lovely experience, making any house a true home. You will love your tiny cat for years, just remember to spoil them with lots of scratches and rubs.
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