Hairless cats are known for being not-so-fluffy in appearance. But just because these kitties aren’t rocking some fancy fur coat doesn’t make them any less adorable than their fuzzier counterparts. Watch the video above to see some of the most cuddle-worthy hairless cats on the internet today.
All About Hairless Cats
Hairless cats have quite a fascinating history. Back in 1966, a domestic cat gave birth to a hairless kitten in Canada. The sweet little feline’s lack of fur was later discovered to be a natural genetic mutation, according to Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) — and thus, the Sphynx hairless cat as we know it today made its official and adorable debut. Since then, North American and European cat breeders have bred the Sphynx with both hairless coats and furrier coats for decades. The Sphynx breed, along with a few other naturally hairless breeds, can be found all over the world. When the Sphynx is properly bred, it’s a very strong — and super sweet — kitty cat.
Although the Sphynx is arguably the most famous of all the hairless cat breeds, it’s not the only one. According to Catster magazine, there are a few other hairless kitties that are great to keep around the house, including the Bambino, Donskoy, Peterbald, and Ukrainian Levkoy breeds. All of them boast a distinctive look and personality. And as with all cats, no two hairless cats are exactly alike.
It’s worth noting that hairless cats are not necessarily always completely hairless; for instance, Donskoy cats actually grow coats on their chests and tails during the winter months. Additionally, some hairless cats may have a fine down on certain patches of their bodies. But no matter how bare they are, hairless cats are not totally hypoallergenic (sorry, feline fans with allergies!).
That said, if you’re able to have cats in the house and you’d enjoy some kitty company, it’s definitely worth considering adding a not-so-furry friend to your family. We know, we know — you’re probably wondering: “Do hairless cats get cold?” As per the CFA, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your hairless cat. Makes sense to us.
P.S. If your kitty does get chilly, a little snuggling never hurt!