The 10 Best Cat Breeds

A long-running joke in the office is that we should make a list of the “best cats.” This is the internet, after all, and there are so many of them. Two brave and cat-crazy editors have finally taken on this project for your pleasure. After a lot of thought, we have come up with a definitive list of the best cats, according to us.

Polydactyl

People, let’s be honest: Polydactyl cats give the best high-fives, right? High-sixes? Oh, no. A genetic mutation makes polydactyls have more than the normal number of toes on one or more of their feet. Polydactyls are also known as “mitten cats” or “thumb cats.” It is possible for polydactyl cats to have anywhere from six to eight toes on each paw. The extra toes make them look like their paws have thumbs at times. Polydactyly is a condition that can happen in many animals, but cats are thought to be the cutest. Author Ernest Hemingway was a polydactyl owner, and now the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum has about 50 polydactyl cats living there, as well.

Snowshoe

Compared to the Siamese from which it was bred, the Snowshoe looks very similar. It has a white face and feet, dark “points,” and blue eyes. It was born from a Siamese that was born in Philadelphia in the 1960s. There aren’t many purebred Snowshoe cats because it’s hard to get the right look. You can always get “the look for less” if you want to get a cat like this one. There are many cats in shelters who have some or all of its traits, like white paws, dark masks, and blue eyes.

Calico

Siamese

The blue eyes of the Siamese cat are so pretty. This is why these cats have been so popular for so long: They have a unique pattern and are very outgoing. For many years now, Siamese cats have been given as gifts to high-ranking people. When one was given to President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife by an American consul in 1878, they were the first to come to the United States. These cats are known for being very vocal. People sometimes think their loud meows sound like babies crying.

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