It’s impossible to browse the Internet without encountering a photo of an adorably cute kitten, puppy, or baby animal. Even if they are a little aloof or possess numerous spiky bits, these creatures trigger empathy and adoration.
The reason behind this innate response may lie in Konrad Lorenz’s Kindchenschema. This theory explains why humans find certain animals appealing based on their head size, ear and whisker position, and softness.
Known for their bunny-soft fur and docile nature, Ragdolls are an endearing breed that loves to cuddle. They are not shy but also have a surprising dog-like personality and want to play with their humans. They enjoy being around their humans all day and can often be found next to them as they greet friends or the pizza delivery guy!
They are so affectionate that they will follow you around the house and sleep in awkward positions on your lap or bed. And they will never fail to entertain you with their antics and killer purrs! However, this also means that they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Often compared to rabbits and dogs, Munchkins have a unique look that has earned them the nickname “Dachshund of the cat world.” Despite their short legs, these cats are medium-sized. They can have either long or short hair and come in many colors. Munchkins are social cats that get along well with children and other pets in the home.
They can explore every nook and cranny of your home and may even stash away items for later play. They’re also incredibly energetic and faster than they look. These kittens have an irresistible personality and a magnetic appearance. They’re the perfect choice for families.
Siamese are an ancient breed that hails from the former country of Siam (now Thailand). They are incredibly smart and often meow or chirp to communicate with their owners.
They’re also quite social and crave attention. If you aren’t prepared for constant interaction, a Siamese may not be the right pet for you.
They are elongated cats with a tubular body and long legs, and they tend to have a narrow head with large ears. Known for their distinctly chatty nature, they enjoy long ‘conversations’ with their family. You can spot a Siamese by its points, which are darker extremities on the face, ears, feet and tail.
Described as “furniture with fur,” Persians are placid in nature and do well living in quiet households. They’re not the most active breed, preferring snuggles to a game of fetch.
Their big eyes and stubby noses give them an appearance that is both beautiful and exotic. However, this shortened nasal passage can lead to health issues like an ill-functioning nasolacrimal tear duct and brachycephalic breathing.
They are also prone to obesity, making them one of the heaviest cats. Persians are typically shown in the traditional or doll-face breed and come in solid, shaded, smoke, Himalayan, chinchilla, bi-color, and parti-color varieties. They require daily brushing to avoid tangles and matting.
Adaptable American Shorthairs are great with children, seniors and other pets. They’re intelligent and respond well to behavioral training. They need daily playtime to keep them active and healthy.
These cats and kittens are mellow but playful, reflecting their “working cat” origins. They enjoy wand toys with mouse, bird and bug-like lures to satisfy their desire to hunt.
Because this breed was aboard ships to help control vermin, they’re accustomed to traveling and to being around people and other animals. They’re good with kids, but you should supervise young children playing with them to prevent accidental injuries. They also need tall scratching poles to help them fulfill their natural instinct to sharpen their claws.
Burmese are people-oriented cats with a playful kitten attitude. They are affectionate and vocal, and they may even cling to their humans and follow them from room to room. They get along well with children and dogs, making them ideal families pets. However, they do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time and can become anxious and sad when they are.
Always purchase a Burmese from a breeder who raises litters in her home and handles the kittens at a young age. Responsible breeders offer a health guarantee. Burmese cats carry the inherited disease familial episodic hypokalemic polymyopathy, which causes skeletal muscle weakness.