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Cute, cuddly and compact!

Cute, cuddly and compact!
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All cats are pretty adorable in their own right. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitty cat that didn’t elicit a drawn-out “awww!” But we’ve gone ahead and upped the ante with this list of small cat breeds that weigh no more than 4.5kg. Aside from being super cute and super tiny, each one has a distinct personality type that makes it perfect for families – maybe your family! – especially since some of them happen to be the most affectionate cat breeds around.

From floofy and fluffy to short-haired and even hairless, these sweet kitties are sure to steal your heart.

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Singapura

Singapura
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At an average of just over 2kg, the Singapura is the smallest cat breed out there. A fully grown female often maxes out around 1.8kg, and males around 2.7kg. This short-haired breed is known for its adorably large ears and eyes and a striped tabby pattern.

“Despite the Singapura’s small size, they’re excellent helpers who get along well with the whole family, including children and pets,” says veterinarian Katie Lytle. She adds that Singapuras are also known for their friendliness and inquisitive nature. They have high energy and love to keep busy, and when it’s time to chill, they’re all about the cuddles.

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Napoleon

Napoleon
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If plump, rounded kitties with loads of fur is your jam, the Napoleon cat (also known as the Minuet) is the way to go. Though their fluff might have you assume otherwise, these tiny felines weigh between 2.2 and 4kg. These cats do well with families, children and even other pets. Considered a dwarf cat breed, they’ve been around since the late 1960s when breeder Joe Smith cross-bred a Munchkin and Persian.

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Munchkin

Munchkin
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The name’s a pretty clear giveaway of the miniature size of this small cat breed. These affectionate cuties, which weigh between 2.7- 4kg, have short legs and longer bodies akin to a dachshund or corgi shape. “Munchkins tend to play well with other cats and dogs, and they also like to stow away shiny objects if owners enjoy a game of hide-and-seek,” says veterinarian Stacy Choczynski Johnson. But one word of warning: “Due to their [shape], they do not jump very high and owners need to beware of potential joint injuries.”

Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex
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The Cornish Rex is a small cat recognised for its strikingly beautiful, elegant appearance. Females are usually between 2.2-3.6kg, while the boys weigh in between 3.6-4.5kg. “These long, thin felines have big ears and a curl to their soft fur,” says Dr Choczynski Johnson. “[Personality-wise], these cats are dog-like in that they are known for playing an occasional game of fetch. They also tend to be quick eaters with good appetites.”

Devon Rex

Devon Rex
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Slightly smaller than their Cornish cousins, the Devon Rex weighs between 2.2 and 3.2kg if female, and between 3.2-4kg if male. “Devons are intelligent, active cats who are known for their childlike looks and mischievous temperament to match,” says Dr Lytle. “This small cat breed is great for families because they love being in a busy environment with children and other pets, and they don’t need much grooming.” She adds that they are quite social and crave a good cuddle session!

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American Curl

American Curl
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About the size of a bag of sugar – and way sweeter if you ask us. “This furry feline is known for its characteristic backward curling of the ears,” says veterinarian Shawna Garner. “They have a wide array of colour patterns and either short- or long-haired varieties, and adult weights average between 2.2 -3.6kg. These cats are also very playful and affectionate, and they love to cuddle.”

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Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold
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Break out the bagpipes and prepare yourself or a serious canoodling should you ever find yourself in the company of a Scottish Fold. Similar in appearance to the American Curl, this breed has tightly folded ears (hence, the name) and comes in numerous coats and colours. “Families love the Scottish Fold for their affectionate and gentle nature and their intelligence,” says Dr Choczynski Johnson.

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Siamese

Siamese
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Siamese kitties are known for being major talkers with bright blue eyes and a striking soft white, grey and black coat. They’re on the larger end of the small cat spectrum, weighing between 3.6 and 5.4kg for females and up to 6.8kg for males. If you wanted a particularly small Siamese cat, you’d need to specifically seek that out from a breeder.

In addition to their beauty, Siamese are also very smart cats who are less ‘fraidy cat and more curious kitty. “You may see Siamese walking down the street with their families as they can be leash-trained as kittens,” says Dr Choczynski Johnson. “Siamese fanciers will say that this breed has elegance and beauty greater than any other feline.”

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Balinese

Balinese
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If the Balinese cat looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s related to the Siamese! There are a few key differences, though. First, they’re smaller at between 2.2 to 4.5kg. Second, they have longer fur coats that are quite silky and soft. Like the Siamese, however, they are very intelligent creatures who enjoy being social and affectionate. They’re also quite talkative and aren’t afraid to give you an earful when they have something to say, though less so than the Siamese.

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