It’s the little things in life: Your cat’s squishy toe beans, heterochromia eyes, and primordial pouch are all adorable. But cat ear furnishings (ear floof) take it to a whole new level. Let’s learn more about cats with ear tufts and cat ear furnishings — otherwise known as new little things in life to smile about.
Cat ear tufts vs. cat ear furnishings
You may be wondering, what is the difference between cat ear tufts and cat ear furnishings?
Cat ear tufts, sometimes known as lynx tips, are the fur that grows from the tips of the ears. According to Catster, cat ear tufts work to keep debris at bay and help to filter sound directly into a cat’s ears.
On the other hand, cat ear furnishings are the hairs found on the inner portion of the ears. This ear floof can help cats pick up faint sound vibrations, which aids in hunting and other hearing-centric activities. Many domestic longhair cats (and some domestic shorthair cats) have ear furnishings, regardless of breed.
12 cats with ear tufts and ear furnishings
Along with good ol’ domestic longhair cats, there are several cat breeds with outstanding ear tufts and ear furnishings.
The American Curl cat has unique ears that curl back, offering a cute helping of both ear tufts and ear furnishings. This is a young cat breed that is moderately active, affectionate toward family, and smart.
It’s said that Birman cats were sacred companions to the temple priests in ancient Burma, which means they were showing off their impressive ear furnishings to royalty! Birmans are docile, playful, and low-maintenance.
The Highlander with his peculiar, furnished curled ears is a cross between a Desert Lynx and the Jungle Curl. This breed loves to play (even in water!) and is very energetic. They can even be trained.
Along with her unusual, curly rex coat, the LaPerm cat showcases some impressive curly ear furnishings. The LaPerm is the result of a spontaneous mutation in an otherwise normal litter of barn kittens.
The Maine Coon most impressively sports ear tufts and ear furnishings. This cat breed is one of the largest and most popular in the world. The Maine Coon is generally good-natured and adaptable.
The Nebelung is often described as the longhaired version of the Russian Blue, which isn’t strictly true. This grey beauty has ear furnishings for days. The Nebelung is known for a reserved, yet loyal nature.
Norwegian Forest Cat
Along with his ear tufts and ear furnishings, the Norwegian Forest Cat’s large, muscular body and dense, water-resistant fur coat have helped him survive many generations in the harsh climate of Scandinavia.
The Persian cat is famous for his silky white coat and fuzzy ear furnishings. This breed has been called “furniture with fur” because of their long periods of inactivity. They typically have a sweet, gentle nature and are happy to be groomed.
The Pixiebob showcases admirable ear tufts and an adorable bobbed tail. This cat is often born polydactyl, or with extra toes. One legend says that they can trace their roots to American bobcats, but that is just that—a legend.
The Ragdoll cat fits his name well, as he is known to collapse into the arms of anyone who holds him. These beautiful longhaired cats love being cuddled, learn to come when called, and are easy to live with.
In addition to her darling ear furnishings, the Siberian cat sports a long, thick, protective coat. This is one of the oldest cat breeds in existence, with references dating back 1,000 years around her homeland of Russia.
Turkish Angora & Turkish Van
These longhaired cousin cat breeds, Turkish Angora and Turkish Van, can have both ear tufts and ear furnishings. They are some of the oldest breeds in existence and are known for their love of water. They’re even excellent swimmers!
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