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Everyone knows how passionate people can be about cats. And those feelings can be twice as intense when it comes to exotic breeds, even (or especially!) if the cats are a little… well… different looking! The kitties on this list certainly stand out from your average neighborhood tabby, whether because of their hair (or lack of it), the size of their limbs, their ears, or simply because they look a little… weird. Yes, the following 10 cats are all rather bizarre – but we think you’ll agree that they’re still totally lovable in their own unique ways.
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The Sphynx is probably the best-known bizarre cat there is. And depending on your point of view, it’s either a charmingly exotic or a slightly creepy looking breed. That said, even if you’re not a huge fan, you have to admit that there’s something hypnotic about these felines’ lovely big eyes, which are made even more prominent by the lack of any surrounding fur or eyebrows.
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If you’re thinking that their lack of fur makes Sphynx cats low maintenance, think again. They might not shed hair on your sofa, but they can leave greasy marks if they stay in one place for too long. That’s because their skin produces natural oils – so it’s recommended that they get a daily sponge bath. Sphynxes aren’t hypoallergenic, either; in fact, they leave a sometimes sneeze-inducing skin dander (think: dandruff).
The modern, non-Russian Sphynx cat started with a single hairless kitten named Prune, who was born in Canada in 1966. Prune was mated with his mother, and after this rather incestuous beginning, the breed went on to suffer various setbacks. In the 1970s and early ‘80s, more hairless cats were found in the US and Canada, which helped the breeding program. These days Sphynxes are still rare, although the breed is more genetically sound.