Most cat breeds have medium-sized ears. Some even have relatively large ears, like the Siamese. Others have small ears. Some of these ears are generally small, although others are not shaped “properly”, which causes them to appear smaller than they really are. For example, some cats have defects in the cartilage in their ears, making them lie slightly flat and appear smaller.
Whatever why cat ears are smaller, there are some breeds with smaller ears. We will look at them in this article.
Top 7 Cat Breeds With Short Ears:
1. American curls
|Size:||5 to 10 pounds|
|Lifetime:||12-16 years old|
|Temperament:||Loving and friendly|
These cats have a cartilage mutation that causes their ears to curve back. Kittens are born with erect, normal-sized ears. However, their ears curl back a few days after birth. Mutations occur spontaneously. It is then selectively bred to create this unique breed.
Due to their deformity, their ears can be easily damaged. Their cartilage is not formed properly, so it can’t hold like a normal ear. They should be handled gently for this reason.
American Curl is known for its gentle and people-oriented personality. They love children, although they may need a little extra socialization with cats and other pets. They are quite active and quite intelligent. They need a little stimulation, though not as much as other cats. They like to play throw and catch and similar games. These cats are notorious for using doorknobs, so a child lock may be necessary.
These cats often meet their owners at the door and can be vocal when they want attention. However, they also don’t mind being left alone.
They are quite healthy cats and are not prone to many health problems. Their ear canals may be narrower than some breeds, potentially putting them at risk for ear infections and wax buildup.
2. Scottish Fold
|Lifetime:||11-14 years old|
|Temperament:||People oriented and smart|
The Scottish Fold is probably the most famous cat with these tiny ears. Their ears are folded due to certain genetic mutations. This mutation affects the cartilage throughout their bodies, causing their ears to fold forward. They are no smaller than other cat ears, but their folded appearance makes them appear so.
As the cartilage throughout its body is affected, this cat is prone to several health conditions. For this reason, this breed is somewhat controversial. They are prone to degenerative joint disorders, possibly due to the poor quality of the cartilage. Joints have cartilage pads. When that cartilage is not of high quality, it can lead to joint problems. They are also prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, although the exact reason is unknown.
This cat is quite active and quite smart. They enjoy cat sports such as agility toys and puzzles, which can help keep them entertained. They are affectionate and attached to their people, so they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They do best with someone in the house with them all day long.
|Temperament:||Soft and docile|
Persians are most famous for their “squeezed” faces. However, they also have smaller-than-average ears. They have long, fine fur that makes them appear smaller. This breed is quite popular, although it is generally considered an “exotic breed.”
These cats come in a variety of colors and breed variants. No matter the color, they all have smaller ears.
They are known to be docile and easy-going. They are not very active and would rather sit on your lap than play. They are perfect for those who want a quiet cat – not a cat that will be roaming around the house. They are affectionate, but they can also be picky about who they show affection to. Many will choose just one or two people to attach themselves to and pretty much ignore everyone else.
This cat is unlikely to climb your curtains or get into your closet. They just don’t that some kind of cat. They will probably spend most of the day lying down – not running around.
|Temperament:||Active and social|
Of all the cats out there with smaller ears, the Highlander probably has the weirdest ear. They have curved ears similar to other breeds, although they are curved inward rather than forward or backward. They also have other odd features, such as extra toes on each foot.
As a mix between Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl, this cat looks a bit wild. They have exotic coat colors. However, they are very docile, although they still love water like their wild counterparts.
These cats are very athletic and energetic. They need little space to run and exercise. Interactive toys are a must. They are intelligent and enjoy puzzle toys. If they are not constantly entertained and stimulated, they will try to make their own fun – which usually involves doing something they shouldn’t be doing.
They are loving and social. Often, they enjoy being around people, including family, friends, and strangers. They are affectionate and can even get along well with children, especially if they are going to be playing with them.
This breed is quite healthy. They are less prone to health problems and usually live long and healthy lives.
|Lifetime:||12-16 years old|
|Temperament:||Relax and calm|
Birman is named after Burma, its place of origin. This cat has a calm voice, although it is still quite vocal. They are often docile and love to lie down. However, being human-oriented cats, they may follow their humans from room to room. They are intelligent cats who love puzzle toys, but they are not as active as other cats.
They are quite laid-back cats, which makes them suitable for children.
This cat is prone to several genetic problems. For example, they are genetically predisposed to congenital hypotrichosis, which causes kittens to be born hairless. They also end up with immune deficiency, which leads to more severe infections. Cats with this condition often don’t live a lifetime because of the possibility of developing a life-threatening infection.
They are also susceptible to corneal dermoids. This basically means that the cat has skin and hair covering the eyes, which need to be surgically removed. Spongiform degeneration is also more likely in this breed. This progressive generative disease is characterized by weakness of the hind legs and uncoordinated movements, as it affects the central nervous system.
6. Exotic Short Hair
|Lifetime:||8-15 years old|
|Temperament:||Loving and people oriented|
The breed was developed into a short-haired version of the Persian. They have a similar head shape, including shorter ears and a smooth face. They are also similar to Persians in their temperament, which usually means they are very calm and docile. This breed was developed by crossing Persians with shorthair breeds, especially the American shorthair. They are somewhat controversial in the cat world as to whether or not they are considered a breed of their own.
Although this breed is very similar to Persians, they are a bit more lively. They are known to be curious and playful, although they still spend a lot of time relaxing. They are lap cats that prefer to lie down and be pets for most of the day. They are quiet cats that are great for homes and smaller spaces, as they don’t need a lot of space to run and explore. They are proficient mouse hunters, mainly because of their American Shorthair blood.
As a hybrid, this cat is very healthy. Because of their small faces, they can develop Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome. This occurs when a cat’s pinched face blocks its upper airway system. This can lead to inflammation and low oxygen uptake, which can lead to other problems.
7. British Short Hair
|Temperament:||People and social oriented|
The British Shorthair is one of the most popular cat breeds in the UK. They were likely a fairly old breed that naturally emerged from generation to generation. They are traditional domestic cats and are known for their stocky bodies and broad faces. A quarter of all kittens registered annually in the UK are of this breed.
These cats are known to be easygoing. They are not very active or playful like many other breeds. However, they are quite sweet and tend to cling to their owners. They are quite affectionate, although they also don’t mind being left alone for long periods of time. They bond without being too needy.
They are good around other pets and get along with children. They will tolerate being touched and played with, although they usually don’t like being carried around. These cats have very low grooming requirements overall, so they don’t require a lot of grooming time.
This British cat is prone to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is significantly more common in men for unknown reasons. This occurs when the heart thickens, which causes the heart to become less efficient.
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