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3 “Ugly Cat Breeds” That Make Cute Pets


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Ugly cat breeds is a trending search term, but is there really such a thing? Since we’re not here to judge, let’s just say that, ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Now keep that ugly cat face out of ours. Joking…

When you gaze into your kitten’s eyes, and it blinks slowly you can feel the beauty and the love. BTW, blinking to say ‘I love you‘ in cat body language is a real thing. After you read this, learn how to talk to cats to unlock more feline codes.

Anyways, because we’ve noticed an uptick in people searching online and actively for ugly cat breeds, we’ve put together a compilation of top picks. Because whether it’s a case of “cute to me, ugly to you” or people just loving the idea of having a stereotypically “ugly” cat as a pet, why not?

After all, ugly-cute is what made mini Yoda, E.T., and Chewbaca so famous and well-liked.

And arguably, Benedict Cumberbatch too….

But back to cats – the ugliest of them all.

Unlocking the inner beauty of ugly cat breeds

Honestly, we love them all; whether they belong on an oil painting or not. So, we wanted to unpack the hidden beauty of some “ugly cat breeds” and why you shouldn’t dismiss them as lifelong furry companions. As they say, you should never judge a book by its ugly cat face cover.

Find out now what makes these three felines some of the most adorable pets to have…

Introducing the Devon Rex

A sassy orange-haired Devon Rex cat with an ugly cat face, adorable, tall ears and wide set eyes stares directly at the camera.

The Devon Rex cat is instantly recognisable thanks to those adorable, tall ears and wide set eyes. They’re not everybody’s cup of tea, but we think the Cat Fanciers Association got it right when they spoke about their ‘elfin face’ and ‘large impish eyes’ coming together to make something quite gorgeous.

And the slightly eccentric look is a perfect marriage with their personality. They’re intelligent, quirky, naughty, and full of life. A bit like having a cat cross whirlwind in your house! 😂

Unlike most purebred cats, who get their features through decades of deliberate and careful breeding, the Devon Rex’s unique look is all natural. Check out this video of a Devon Rex meeting a dog for the first time:

Why Devon Rex cats are great pets

One of the Devon Rex’s best qualities is their affectionate nature. They love curling up with you for a cup of coffee, snuggling in the bed, and just being around their people. So, they make great companions if your day needs a little bit more love.

  • Quirks. Devon Rex cats love getting as high up as they can. So, if you have trees, high perches, bunk beds or anything along those lines, expect them to be up there whenever they get the chance. They’re also very trainable and smart, similar to the Maine Coon. You might even be able to teach them some tricks or commands.
  • Foodie fans. Ever had a pet who’s a mirror of your own personality? If you’re a big foodie, a Devon Rex just might be the right “ugly” cat breed for you. They love their food and will always be ready to share a snack off your plate. Some homemade cat treats might be in order. Just be careful of obesity and related health problems like diabetes.
  • Grooming. Devon Rex have short haired, delicate coats that are easily damaged. So instead of regular brushing, they need a once monthly (roughly!) bath to keep them clean. Make sure you check their ears regularly too – they’re so long and tall that they’re prone to picking up dirt and getting ear infections.

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Ugly cat face? Nah, stinking cute Exotic Shorthairs

Named 'Pond', this brown and orange striped shorthair stares directly at the camera with alert yellow eyes in its ugly cat face.

Exotic Shorthairs have only been an official breed around the world since the 1960s. They’re basically Persian cats, but without the long, fluffy coat. So, short haired versions of Persians – how’s that for a tongue twister?

Like Persians, these ugly cat breeds are actually stinking cute. They have big round faces, little stub noses, and tiiiiny ears. They even have tufty hairs sticking out between their little toes. What more could you ask for? And they often look a little bit sad or sulky, like the cat version of a Basset Hound. Which makes them doubly endearing, if you ask us. You just want to hug them and comfort them! 💖

Just know that if you get an Exotic Shorthair, they want you to be close. So, if you’re out and about or away from home a lot, be wary of pet separation anxiety setting in. Check out this adorable video of Exotic Shorthair kittens:

What makes Exotic Shorthairs great pets?

Exotic Shorthairs love a good cuddle, plus they’re playful and personable. Their easy-going nature makes them one of the best pets for apartments. But if you give them the chance to play, they’ll grab it with both paws and whiskery grin on that ugly cat face of theirs.

  • Quirks. Exotic Shorthairs are ‘late bloomers’, staying childish or adolescent for a long time in cat years. You know what that means? Lots of cute kitten playtime and sneak attacks for way longer than normal. 💖
  • Grooming. Exotic Shorthairs are quite low maintenance when it comes to grooming. In fact, they’re sometimes called the Lazy Man’s Persian because their short coats require much less care and attention than their long-haired cousins.

The hairless Sphynx

The hairless Sphynx makes an appearance on our list, like this one pictured with blue eyes with its ugly cat face looking to the left.

You might have guessed the Sphynx would make an appearance on our list of ugly cat breeds. Whether you love them or not, they definitely have the world divided over their unique looks.

Although they all look hairless (hence being included in our hairless cat breeds to cuddle article), some Sphynx may have a fine layer of thin fur that’s difficult to see unless you’re close up. Notwithstanding this, a lot of them are completely hairless. A Sphynx’s skin is the same colour as their fur would be if they had a coat.

That means they can even have markings the same way a regular cat would. Just like some cats have spots, stripes, or patches, so can a Sphynx. Très chic.

In addition to having no fur, or very little fur, Sphynx cats have short whiskers – and sometimes they don’t have them at all.

On top of that, they have thicker paw pads than most cats so look a bit like they’re wearing shoes a size too big! And there’s none of those big, bushy tails. Sphynx tails are long, thin and tapered. Check out this hilarious video of hairless cats getting up to all sorts of trouble:

Why the “ugly cat breed” Sphynx makes a great pet

Sphynx are very friendly cats and love interaction with humans. They’re loving, loyal, and extremely clever. If you want a “dog-like” cat, this is a great option for a pet. So too are Burmese cats. Maybe one of each?

Other Sphynx traits, aside from that cute-yet- ugly cat face:

  • Quirks. If you love to dress up your pet in all the latest fashion, you’ll have an absolute ball of a time with a Sphynx. They have no hair, so it makes sense they’d easily get cold during winter. Which means jerseys, jackets, and cute little coats galore. On hot summer days, you’ll need to keep them in the shade or invest in some extra sunscreen because they burn very easily. Perhaps even invest in a pet cooling mat for your ugly cat royalty. Just another way of making sure they get treated like the queen or king they are.
  • Grooming. Just like other cats, Sphynx skin produces oils. But unlike other cats, they don’t have fur to absorb it. So, like the Devon Rex breed, you should bath them regularly. In fact, you can bath them as often as once a week to keep their skin healthy.

Pet insurance for your ugly cat breeds

Whether you’ve a conventionally gorgeous cat like a ginger cat or one of the ugly cat breeds above, PD Insurance likely has a cat insurance plan to suit. With a tail-ored insurance policy to suit their needs, you’ll have a financial safeguard against things like accidents, illnesses, infections, allergies and more.

Why wait a moment more, click below to price your plan today. At the moment we’re giving new customers one or more months free plus no lock in contracts.

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