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8 small cat breeds that have permanent kitten energy

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If you're looking for a small cat breed that will give off big kitten energy for its entire life, then boy do we have a list for you. Small cats stay petite all the way through adulthood and they can be a good option if you live in an apartment that doesn't have a ton of space. 

Small cat breeds require just the same amount of love, care, and support as regular-sized cats do, so don't think that just because they are tiny they require less effort! Small cat breeds are adorable and cuddly cats that look perpetually young, so if you're looking for a cat like that, keep on reading. 

1. Devon Rex

Devon Rex

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The small-faced Devon Rex looks perpetually teeny throughout its entire life. These incredibly social cats love to spend time with their humans and don't enjoy being left alone for long periods of time. They'll stick to their owners like Velcro and love playing fetch. They also love to cuddle, and because of their short, wavy coat they generate a lot of body heat - so it's like having a tiny, free space heater! 

2. Singapura

Singapura cat

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The average weight of a Singapura cat is five pounds - which is incredibly small. Couple that with short hair, big eyes, and huge ears, and you've got one wildly cute small cat breed. They get along well with other cats and children and are well known for being curious and friendly. They have high energy but also love to wind down with a good cuddle - how could you not cuddle something so cute and little?

3. Munchkin

A Munchkin cat sitting on the carpet and looking at camera

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If the name isn't already clear, the Munchkin cat is a very small house cat that usually weighs between six and nine pounds. With their short legs and long bodies, they look a lot like the cat version of a Corgi dog. Munchkins aren't just incredibly cute and little, but they make great companions for multi-cat or multi-pet households. They are known to hide away their favorite toys in a fun version of hide-and-seek. Keep in mind, however, that due to their short legs and body shape, Munchkins do not jump high and you should keep an eye on them around your house to avoid injury. 

4. Cornish Rex

Cornish Rex

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Also a member of the hypoallergenic cat breed group, the Cornish Rex is a small cat breed that is incredibly striking and easy to spot. Female Cornish Rex cats weigh between five and eight pounds, while males weigh in at around eight to ten pounds. If you see a Cornish Rex, it'll certainly seem like they are made up of just ears, as they are so thin and have such large ones perched on top of their head!

5. Siamese

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Siamese cats are a medium-sized breed, but they are often rather lightweight. Long and lean, these supermodel-like cats are incredibly active. They love to run around and play fetch and can be taught to walk on a leash. They are very affectionate and will likely spend a lot of time in your lap, which makes their lightweight build a great aspect of the breed. Siamese cats are very vocal, so they may be little but their voices certainly are not. 

6. LaPerm

LaPerm cat

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LaPerms are adorable little long-haired cats that usually weigh between five and eight pounds. Despite their curly coats, LaPerms are fairly low maintenance, as they don't shed much and their coats rarely mat - a weekly brushing should do. They are incredibly loving and sweet and adore a good cuddle.

7. Somali

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Somali cats can be more medium than small, but they definitely fall on the smaller end of the spectrum. They can be anywhere from six to ten pounds and have beautiful fluffy tails. They have a ton of energy, so owners may want to teach them tricks to get some of that energy out, or give them a lot of structured playtimes. If you leave your Somali cat home a lot, you may want to get another cat so they have a playmate, or they can get destructive. Somali cats are affectionate and loving. 

8. Turkish Angora

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Turkish Angoras are small to medium-sized cats, weighing anywhere from five to nine pounds. Turkish Angoras are an ancient breed believed to be the breed from which all other long-haired cats are descended. These beautiful cats have striking green eyes and fluffy coats - but don't let the coats fool you, as they love playing in water! Turkish Angoras are friendly and social with their family and strangers alike and love to be showered with affection. 

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