Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

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16. Siberian
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 8-17 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Attentive, loving

Not to be confused with the tiger, the Siberian cat may look fluffy but don’t let that fool you — this cat is incredibly mighty with impressive physical strength and balance. Siberian cats are treasured by people in Russia, having been documented in Russian fairy tales and children’s books. Siberian cats also love playing in water, so bath time (if you even feel the need to bathe your cat) isn’t necessarily cumbersome.

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15. Singapura
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Avg. weight: 4-8 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Demanding, sweet

The Singapura is a small, bony cat that is curious, outgoing, and playful. Singapura is the Malaysian word for Singapore, which is where the breed originated. This cat, the lightest feline on the list, has a ton of energy, spending most its day running around and finding things to play with.

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14. Somali
> Avg. life expectancy: 11-16 years
> Avg. weight: 6-10 pounds
> Coat type: Longhaired
> Defining characteristics: Active, agenda-driven

This breed looks like a miniature lion with its bushy mane around the neck. The Somali is an ambitious and curious little cat. Some of its favorite pastimes include playing fetch and opening cupboards. The Somalis are extroverts to say the least, so they like to play and receive lots of attention from their owners.

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13. Egyptian Mau
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Avg. weight: 6-14 pounds
> Coat type: Shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Spotted coat, athletic

With a coat freckled with spots similar to that of a cheetah’s, the Egyptian Mau is an eye-catching breed. Intelligent and incredibly loyal, this cat likes to be an integral part of the family, though it likes things to happen in its favor. Both gentle and sensitive, the Egyptian Mau is known to idolize its owner(s).

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12. American Curl
> Avg. life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Avg. weight: 5-10 pounds
> Coat type: Long- and shorthaired
> Defining characteristics: Energetic, affectionate

Adorned with perky ears that curl back in a graceful arc, and expressive eyes, the American curl naturally looks alert and curious. This kitty has an adventurous spirit, and can be found climbing on the countertop just to nap in a large empty salad bowl. This breed is exceptionally faithful and people-oriented, with ambitions to be by their owners’ side at all times.