Top 10 Strangest Cats In The World
Cats are incredible animals that bring laughter, affection and happiness to people. Today, there are about 100 officially recognized cat breeds, of which we certainly don’t even know half of them unless you are an expert on the subject.
In this top 10 list, we don’t show you all the cat breeds out there, but something much better, the 10 strangest cats in the world. Those that stand out from the rest of the races by their physical characteristics and are particularly extraordinary.
If you’re looking to adopt a cat with an unusual appearance, then maybe one of these 10 Strangest Cats in the World is for you?
10. Cornish Rex
With the Cornish Rex we kick off the list of weirdest cats in the world. The Cornish Rex is a genetic mutation that arose from a litter of kittens born on a farm in Cornwall, UK, in the 1950s. One of the kittens, a cream-colored tom named Kallibunker, had an extremely unusual, fine and curly coat; he was the first Cornish Rex. The owner then crossed Kallibunker back to his mother to produce 2 other curly kittens. The male, Poldhu, sired a female called Lamorna Cove who was later brought to America and crossed with a Siamese, giving the breed their long whiptails and large ears.
A Cornish Rex’s coat is extremely fine and sometimes curly. Their light coat makes them best suited for indoor living in hot and dry conditions as they are sensitive to low temperatures. They like to stay around warm places like computer monitors, light bulbs, circles and shoulders.
The breed is also referred to as the greyhound of the cats, due to the clean appearance and galloping gait that is characteristic of the breed. These cats tend to remain playful and kittenish throughout their lives. Some Cornish Rexes enjoy playing fetch, racing with other pets, or doing acrobatic jumps. The Cornish Rex is an adventurous cat and is highly intelligent. He can easily adapt to new situations and will explore wherever he can go. The Cornish Rex is extremely curious, likes the company of people and is friendly with other pets.
Cornish Rex cats are highly intelligent, sociable, loving, independent and playful, and they love to interact with children.
Another strange cat in the world is the munchkin, who, due to a natural genetic mutation, is a medium-sized cat with shorter legs than normal, as if it were a sausage dog, in fact, making her one of the smallest cats in the world as well. The munchkin cat is considered to be the original breed of the dwarf cat. Despite this, they have no trouble jumping and running like the rest of the breeds, nor do they usually develop the many back problems associated with this type of body structure.
Despite having larger hind legs than the front legs, munchkin are agile, active, playful and affectionate and can weigh between 2 and 3 pounds.
This breed is also one of the strangest cats in the world. It is the Peterbald cat, a medium-sized breed from Russia that was born in 1974. These kittens are a cross between a Don sphynx and an Oriental Shorthair cat, and are characterized by the absence of fur, long bat ears, oval and long legs and a wedge-shaped muzzle. They have a slender and elegant build and, although they can be confused with Egyptian cats or sphinxes, the Peterbald does not have a belly like the others.
Peterbald cats have a calm temperament and are curious, intelligent, active and very friendly, but they are also dependent and demand a lot of affection from their owners.
The Savannah cat, also known as Ashera, is one of the strangest cats in the world. This genetically engineered hybrid breed originated from a cross between a domestic cat and an African serval, and has a very exotic appearance, similar to that of a leopard. They also retain many qualities and instincts typical of their wild ancestors, as do other hybrids such as the liger and the tigon. Their bodies are large and muscular, with large ears and long legs, and their fur has black spots and stripes like big cats. They are the largest breed in existence, but the size of the breed can vary greatly from litter to litter. They can sometimes be confused with Bengal cats.
There is some controversy as to whether domestication of the Savannah cats is possible, as in addition to preserving many features of their ancestors, as we have already mentioned, they also require a lot of space to move around and can grow to more than 6 feet in height. to jump. They can also become aggressive once they are sexually mature so unfortunately there is a high degree of abandonment once they get to this point by their owners. However, they have a very loyal character and are not afraid of water. They can make a great pet if you know how to care for them.
6. Ukrainian Levkoy
Another of the strangest cats in the world is the Ukrainian levkoy, an elegant-looking, medium-sized cat. Their main features are the absence of a coat or very little, their curved ears, large and almond-shaped eyes of shiny colors, long and flat head, and their angular profile.
This breed of cat with a loving temperament, sociable and intelligent, was born several years ago, in 2004, thanks to the crossing of a female sphinx and a lop-eared tomcat, created by Elena Biriukova in Ukraine, so they are only in that country and in to find in Russia.
5. Scottish Fold Ear Cat
The Scottish Herd is another of the weirdest cats in the world to come from Scotland, as the name suggests. The breed itself was officially recognized in 1974, but mating between the members of this breed has recently been banned by the British Veterinary Association due to the high number of serious bone abnormalities that occur with its reproduction, as this breed of cats has a genetic mutation that affect their cartilage. This problem can also cause arthritis in them and, while many proponents believe that if the Scottish Fold-eared cat crosses with an American Shorthair or British Shorthair, it won’t happen, the British Veterinary Association states that all cats with curved ears are affected by this mutation .
The Scottish fold-eared cat is medium-sized and has a round head, large, round eyes, and very small ears that are folded forward, making them look like an owl. Other notable features include their rounded legs and thick tail.
This cat breed has a short coat but no specific color. The cat has a strong temperament and great hunting instinct, yet they are very friendly and can easily adapt to a new environment.
4. Eleven cats
We continue with the strangest cats in the world and arrive at the elf cat, which is characterized by the lack of fur, but which is very intelligent. These kittens are so named because of their close resemblance to this mythical creature and originated from the cross between a Sphynx and an American Curl not so long ago.
Because they have no hair, these cats need to bathe more often than the other breeds and they can’t sit in the sun much. They are also very sociable and smart.
3. Exotic short hair
The exotic shorthair or exotic is another of the strangest cats in the world that originated from the crossing of a British Shorthair and an American Shorthair. This breed has the skin color of a Persian cat, but with short hair, is robust, compact and with a round body. Due to its large eyes, short, flat nose and small ears, the exotic cat has a tender and sweet facial expression and can sometimes even appear sad. Their coat is short and dense, but still requires little grooming and doesn’t shed much, so they are suitable for those with allergies.
This cat breed has a calm, affectionate, loyal and friendly personality, similar to that of the Persian cat, but these are still more active, playful and curious.
Another of the strangest cats in the world and best known internationally is the sphynx cat, which is characterized by not having a coat, although this claim is completely wrong as they actually have a very thin and short coat of hair that goes with the naked eye and almost imperceptible by human touch. Aside from the absence of a coat, the Sphynx breed is characterized by a robust body and large eyes that stand out even more in their bald head.
Born by natural mutation, these felines have an affectionate, peaceful and dependent temperament with their owners, but they are also sociable, intelligent and curious.
One of the strangest cats in the world is the LaPerm, a breed that originated in Oregon, USA, and is named for its characteristic curly and long coat (as if they had a ‘perm’ or permanent wave of hair). The first LaPerm cat was born female and hairless, but after a few months she developed a silky, curly coat due to a mutation caused by a dominant gene. The curious thing is that from that moment on, almost all males of this breed are born without hair, and many others lose hair and lose it several times in their lives.
These felines have a sociable, calm and very affectionate nature towards their people, and are well-balanced and very curious.