There are only a few breeds that stay relatively small compared to other cats. These breeds are listed below. If you're looking for a small cat, remember that, regardless of the breed, females tend to be smaller than males.
If you're excited about the concept of "miniature" or "teacup" cats - cats that look like kittens in adulthood - please note that, even though some try to achieve this through selective breeding, the very idea of it is frowned upon by many people because it's unnatural and quite unhealthy for the cats.

Photo by sakura Ishihara

Singapura

Origin: Singapore
Colors: Sepia Agouti
Size: Small
Coat Type(s): Shorthair
Grooming: Little
Talkativeness: Quiet
Activity Level: High
Attention Requirement: High
Overall: Can be a handful

Singapuras want to be everywhere. There are very curious. Well, but what did you expect? Anything with big eyes and big ears has to take in a lot of information.

Photo by © Theresa Fouche

Munchkin

Origin: USA
Colors: Any
Size: Small to medium
Coat Type(s): Shorthair and longhair
Grooming: Every few weeks (shorthair); twice a week (longhair)
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile


Female curly long-legged odd-eyed Lambkin kitten.

Photo credit: purringangelscattery

Lambkin Dwarf

Origin: United States
Colors: Any
Size: Small
Coat Type(s): Longhair, curly
Grooming: Weekly
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile


Image credit: Roy Galusha

Skookum

Origin: USA
Colors:
Any
Size:
Small to medium
Coat Type(s):
Shorthair, longhair; curly haired
Grooming:
Little (shorthair); every week (longhair)
Talkativeness:
Quiet
Activity Level:
Average
Attention Requirement:
Average
Overall:
Easy to handle


Photo credit: bambinosphynx.com

Bambino cat

Origin: USA
Colors: Any
Size: Small
Coat Type(s): Hairless
Grooming: Regular
Talkativeness: Average
Activity Level: Average
Attention Requirement: Average
Overall: Moderately docile



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