Cats are adorable, but there are also some ugly cat breeds. After dogs, cats are the most popular pets we own. Cats were also so close to human from ancient times. An Egyptian mummified cat proves the deep running relation of cats with humans. Cats can catch very faint sound which is not audible to humans. They are talented in hunting vermin. This might have attracted humans in keeping them as a pet in the house. They have a highly flexible body and quick reflexes. There are more than 70 breeds of cats known to man and the following breeds will make us think “Are they for real?”
01. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is a medium-sized, slender breed of short-haired cat that originated in England. These ugly cats are also often called “pixie cats” or “alien cats” due to their unique appearance. They are intelligent and are known for their slender bodies. They also have large eyes, slightly upturned nose, curly coat and distinctively large ears.
Amazingly, Devon Rexes are capable of learning difficult tricks and unlike most cats, their whiskers are short and curled which appear as if they have no whiskers. Additionally, they have long legs unusually large toes.
02. Donskoy or Don Sphynx
Donskoys are hairless cat that originates from Russia. They are medium-sized cats with muscular body and large ears. They also have almond-shaped eyes and long webbed toes. And despite their lack of coat, they require frequent grooming. Truth is, Donskoys groom themselves as often as regular cats (lick their body to clean themselves). However, since they don’t have enough fur to absorb the oil secreted by their skin or saliva, their skin becomes sticky with residue of oil, sweat, and spit. These ugly cats are like babies that are not capable of cleaning themselves, and so, someone has to groom or clean them. Over-bathing Donskoys can also cause their skin to become very oily.
Peterbald is a ugly cat breed that resembles Oriental Shorthairs. They may be born bald or with coat. Those born with hair lose their hair over time. They may also come in all colors and markings. Their head is narrow and long with almond-shaped eyes and large ears. Peterbalds are generally sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, curious, smart, and energetic. These ugly cats also love to follow their owners and live with other cats, pets, and children.
Sphynx cats are cats known for their lack of a coat. However, these ugly cats are not completely hairless as they have fine hairs. Their whiskers may also be present, broken, or totally absent at all. And because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch and always seeks for heat. Sphynx also have large lemon-shaped eyes, very large ears, and full, round abdomen. They are also known to display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection.
05. Ukrainian Levkoy
Ukrainian Levkoys are cats with a very unique appearance. They have folded ears and little to no hair. They are medium-sized cat with a long body and legs, and a soft flexible skin with wrinkled appearance. Ukranian Levkoys also have almond-shaped eyes and large ears. Although, they do not need brushing due to their hairless skin, they still need special care and protection against direct sun and even cold conditions. Additionally, these ugly cats are friendly, playful, and intelligent cats that enjoy the company of humans and other pets.
Manx cats are medium-sized domestic cats from the Isle of Man, an island between Great Britain and Ireland. They have a very short tail and sometimes, they have no tail at all (that’s why they are ugly). Their hind legs are also longer than the front. They also come in all coat colors and patterns, with the all-white Manx being very rare. In fact, a white Manx may cost over US$4,000. Manx cats are described as skilled hunters often owned by farmers with mouse problems. These ugly cats are also social, tame and active.
The result of cross between Sphynx and Munchkins, brought out the Bambinos in 2006. It has a kitten look with short legs and big upright ears like that of Munchkins and have no hairs on its pink or white colored skin like that of Sphynx. Since they don’t have furs, they need water bath regularly in order to absorb the natural oils. These wrinkled skinny cats are affectionate and friendly and love to be cuddled.
08. Elf Cat
Cross breed of Sphynx and American curl gave birth a new hairless variety of cat called Elf. They have large and curled ears The arched and twisted shape of its ear resembles to than of an elf and hence the name. Though they are comparatively new to the world, these ugly cats are much gentle, affectionate and friendly.
09. Chantilly Tiffany
They are also called as Foreign Long hair. They were originally made from crossing Burmese and Asian Breeds. They have long fur on the body. The peculiarity of this cat is its eye color. Their eye colors are very intense and give a scary look to the cat with all those long fur on them.