5 Skinny Cat Breeds

Just like many breeds of dog are different in size and shape, so too are cats. There are a handful of cat breeds that are naturally small-boned and tall, making them appear skinny.

Skinny Cat Breed

1. Devon Rex

This striking cat was bred in Devon, England in the 1950s. Their short, curly coat makes them ideal for allergy sufferers, but it is their appearance that really gets attention. They have a small head with large bat-like ears, a slender body and long legs.

2. Cornish Rex

Although the Cornish and Devon rex breeds appear very similar, there are certain features that are different. The Cornish Rex has a tighter curl to its coat and does not have any guard hairs, making the coat feeler softer. Like the Devon Rex, Cornish cats also have slender, muscular bodies and long legs but their heads are not quite so tapered.

3. Peterbald

This unusual cat breed originates from St Petersburg, Russia. They have a large body, which is slender but with well-defined muscle tone. In comparison, their head is quite small with huge slightly rounded ears. Their body condition is slim but muscular, making them appear skinny.

4. Russian Blue

These cats do not have as much of a foreign look to them, however, they do share the lean body shape of the other breeds mentioned above. Russian Blues are immediately recognizable by their steel-grey coat, long legs, slim body and slightly wedge-shaped face. Their thick coat doesn’t make them appear as skinny as a Rex or a Peterbald, but they still have a small bone structure and long limbs.

5. Oriental Shorthair

This breed has an Egyptian, sphinx-like quality, however, they originate from Asia.  They are quite tall cats, with long legs, slim bodies and huge ears. Their short coat makes them appear skinnier than they actually are.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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