There’s just something about cute kittens that makes us want to pet them, snuggle with them, and fall in love. Whether they have big heads, round eyes, or soft fur, these animals are just too adorable to ignore.
There are many cat breeds to choose from, and all of them are adorable. But some stand out from the rest due to their distinct characteristics.
They Have Big Heads
The big head and huge eyes of kittens are one of the reasons why they’re so cute. Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz, considered to be the father of ethology (the study of animal behavior), discovered that the more something has in common with a human baby, the cuter it is perceived as being.
This is a phenomenon that doesn’t just apply to kittens, though: dogs, gerbils, and fluffy birds all trigger this “cuteness reflex” as well.
Male cats, particularly intact ones, have a lot of extra bone structure around their heads and cheeks, which contribute to them having a big, full-looking face. Some researchers think these facial features evolved for protection.
But, it’s not just the size of their heads that makes them so cute — their adorable personalities also make them irresistible. Breeds like Ragdoll, Persian, Abyssinian, Maine Coon, Burmese, and Sphynx cats are known for their cuddly, affectionate, and playful personalities. They’re a wonderful addition to any home and will definitely bring you lots of joy.
They Have Round Eyes
The round eyes of kittens are a common trait among young animals. These characteristics seem to cross the species barrier, and they are pleasing to look at.
The eyes are an important part of a cat’s facial expression, because their pupils change size and shape based on light and emotion. They can become vertical, like slits when a cat is content or relaxed, and they can also turn into large round balls of light when a cat is nervous, excited, or about to pounce.
In some breeds, a cat may be born with two different eye colors — a condition called heterochromia. It’s not uncommon, but it’s not a cause for concern as long as the cat remains healthy.
Round-eyed cats are not only beautiful, but they are also smart and affectionate. They will appreciate your attention and desire to be a part of your family. These traits make them great pets for a responsible pet owner who showers them with love and provides enough mental and physical simulations.
They Have Soft Fur
There is nothing quite like the soft, fluffy, and silky feel of kitten fur. Their coats are made of two layers: an outer layer that protects them from the elements and an inner layer that traps air close to the skin, helping them stay warm during colder months.
Kittens’ hair grows from follicles in the skin, just like human hair. These follicles are much larger than the ones in humans, so cats have more hairs growing from each one.
As they grow from a baby kitten to an adult cat, the follicles start to pull away from each other. That means that the kitten’s coat will change slightly, but their pattern and design will remain relatively intact.
It’s a good idea to make sure that your kitty is getting the right diet and grooming to keep their soft, smooth fur looking shiny and healthy. A visit to the vet will also help you spot any potential issues.
They Have Soft Tummies
There’s something about cute kittens that makes us want to cuddle up and give them a hug. Whether you see them meowing or pushing their heads into your legs, everything they do is just so cute.
That’s probably due to the fact that kittens have a very soft, round, and podgy stomach – it’s what animal scientists call their “primordial pouch.”
The saggy flap on your cat’s abdomen is a mixture of fat, fur, and skin. It’s akin to the extra skin on a cat’s neck that people call a scruff.
But your kitten’s primordial pouch isn’t just cute; it’s also important for their health. Being overweight can be harmful to your cat, especially when they’re young.
To keep your kitten from getting bloated, continue bottle feeding them every 2 – 3 hours until they’re full and their belly isn’t swollen. If you notice any signs of gas or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately. It could be a sign of an illness or an eating issue, such as dairy products, spoiled food, or too much kibble in one sitting.