From Persian kitties to British Shorthairs, it’s clear cats with flat faces have totally captivated the world. Now starring in popular cat videos and countless Instagram accounts, flat-faced felines are getting more attention and adoration than ever. Considering how cute they can be, we’re certainly not surprised.
Their flat faces are typically caused by a genetic trait that’s popular in the cat breeding industry. This trait actually involves cat’s skull shape — a shortened and broad one — which ultimately gives the cat’s face that smushed appearance.
If you’re interested in adopting a flat-faced cat, there are a few important factors to consider. They often require special attention in various aspects of their health, including vision, respiration, and dental care. Furthermore, many cats with flat faces tend to have long hair that needs to be groomed regularly. Make no mistake, these are not low-maintenance pets. But if you think you have what it takes to welcome a flat-faced fur baby into your home, your hardest decision may be picking which one! The cats in each and every breed are just too cute for words.
Scroll down to see some of the sweetest cats with flat faces!
Cats With Flat Faces And Big Eyes
Historically, Persian cats have been bred to have a short face, snub nose, and chubby cheeks. According to Vet Street, these signature features have only become more exaggerated over time.
Flat Faced Cats
A cross between a Persian and a Siamese kitty, the Himalayan cat shares a similar flat face that the Persian is known for — with a variety of fur shades passed down by Siamese relatives.
Cat With Flat Face
Famous for inspiring the Cheshire Cat character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it's no shock that the British Shorthair remains one of the most popular cat breeds today.
Flat Faced Cats Breeds
Aside from an adorable flat face, the Scottish Fold is also known for having unique ears that fold forward and downward. According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, this "teddy bear" look is a big reason for this breed's popularity.
Flat Faced Cat
For folks who love the look of traditional Persians but can't deal with all the grooming, an Exotic Shorthair cat is a dream come true. According to Vet Street, this breed was developed through crosses between Persians and American Shorthairs, plus Burmese and Russian Blues. What a beautiful mix!
Flat Face Cat
While Burmese cats are definitely in the the flat-face crew, their features aren't always as exaggerated as some of their kitty cousins, like Persians. But they are still adored for their sweet semi-smooshed faces, and their large, round golden eyes. It's no wonder they always look so curious and expressive — even as kittens!
Flat Face Cats
This soft cat breed is just as beloved for its flat face as it is for that plush, tousled coat. Who wouldn't want to cuddle up a sweet fur baby like this one?