Cat eyes have made a lasting impression on the world; but there’s another feline feature that people simply can’t get enough of … cat ears! Exaggerated ears give plush, plume-like tails and precious paw-pads a run for their money — and we’re about to give you the lowdown on a few brilliant cat breeds with big ears. Can you hear us now?
1. The Oriental
A close relative of the Siamese, the Oriental is a talkative fellow with opinions to share and a need to be in your business at all times. His true claim to fame, though? Those ears! A wide base tapers into a pointed tip that creates a simply purrfect triangle-esque look. Fun fact: the Oriental’s wide-set ears sometimes give him the look of a little elephant, earning him the nickname Dumbo!
2. Russian Blue
Called the ‘Doberman Pinscher of cats’ by a show judge; the Russian Blue captivates audiences with his slate gray, blue-toned coat and ballerina-like grace. He’s also a proud, card-carrying member of the cat breeds with big ears club, prominently displaying exaggerated ears that contribute to his svelte, regal physique.
A hybrid of a domestic and Serval (African wild cat), the Savannah has ears that have been compared to satellite dishes — perfect for picking up the sound of prey as they swivel this way and that! Fun fact: while most cat breeds have ears with a pointed tip, the Savannah sports ears with a rounded tip that make for an even larger, wild-inspired effect.
The Abyssinian is forever on the move (some say she never sleeps), and struts to the beat of her own drummer. That said, she does slow down occasionally to show off a few things: her high-flying skills; her propensity for taking things that don’t belong to her (a trait which has earned her the nickname Aby-Grabby); and her broad yet elegant ears. Fun fact: despite her large ears, which seemingly detect every sound, she will ignore you if you try to interrupt her playtime.
Most Hairless Cat Breeds Have Big Ears
You know the Sphynx and Peterbald; Cornish Rex and Devonshire Rex; Donskoy and Bambino and Ukrainian Levkoy. But do you know what all of these hairless cats have in common (aside from the lack of hair, of course!)? They’re all cat breeds with big ears! That’s right — hairless cats have enormous ears. Is it a hairless trait? Nope! Rather, it’s believed to be a form of illusion. The lack of fur makes these breeds look as if they have very small heads, which results in their ears looking extremely large. Interesting, yes?
The Care + Keeping of Cats With Breeds With Big Ears
Guess what? Oversized ears may look intimidating in terms of care, but they’re not! As with any cat (whether exaggerated ears are a part of the equation or not), you simply want to check the ears weekly. Dirt, wax build-up or debris evident? Create a 50/50 warm water and apple cider vinegar mix and use a cotton ball or damp cloth (no cotton swabs!) to clean them out. Easy peasy!
Let’s Talk About Cat Ear Tufts, Too
Just as some cat breeds have big ears, others have naturally big ear tufts (or floofs), which take their cuteness level to new heights! Certain breeds, especially those known for their flowing coats (ahem … Norwegian Forest Cats), have a tendency to sport fancy cat ear floofs.
So, what are those cat ear tufts for? Aside from adding a touch of flair to your feline’s aesthetic, those floofs actually serve a purpose. Not only do they protect the ear from debris, they also direct sound into the ear canal, which helps your kitty to stay balanced, communicate with fellow felines and hear just about everything. Pretty awesome, right?
Tell us: Are you the proud parent of any of these cat breeds with big ears … or cats with fabulous ear floofs? Let us know in the comments!
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