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Cute Kittens and Cats

Updated on January 22, 2014
Too cute kitten Byron in wine box.
Too cute kitten Byron in wine box. | Source

Why are Kittens Cute?

Why are babies cute? There are things in their appearance the sets off a motivation for us to care for it. Scientists have studied this and although kittens and human babies look very different they have this in common: they are small, the have a disproportionately large head, large eyes and softer body features. Think about how angular a Siamese knees are and then look at this Siamese kitten.

This is Baby Byron

The above picture is of baby Byron. Notice how big his eyes are in proportion to his face. That is part of the appeal of all babies. That is part of what makes them cute! Their eyes are very big in proportion to the face. In addition all babies have a roundness to their faces that we find cute.This changes as they become adults. As a kitten ages, its muzzle and nose jut out and the face takes on a more triangular shape.

Siamese Cute Kitten

They are born all white and develop ticking later.
They are born all white and develop ticking later. | Source

Is Cuteness Part of Nature's Plan?

Many scientist say yes. That it is not just their helplessness that makes us nurture babies, but their cuteness. We are drawn to their appearance. In addition, we find their behaviors cute. Playfulness, fragility, helplessness, curiosity, innocence, affectionate behavior. Kittens respond positively to being held. They love our body heat.

Kittens need touch and their cuteness makes us want to touch them

Orphaned kitten enjoying my lap
Orphaned kitten enjoying my lap | Source

While They are Learning Skills Kittens Are Cute

Kittens grow up rather fast and need to master adults skills quite quickly. Just like a human infant their first movements are more like crawling. Then they do the tottering just like a human toddler. Then unlike human babies, they soon need to climb and jump. Most cats land on their feet froma fall but not kittens. They fall flat on their faces when practicing. We probably as humans should be impressed at the quick development of skills in kittens. However their clumsy attempts when first learning to walk (kittens) and climb delight us and we find the kittens behavior cut. For example, it took Faith (in the photo below) many attempts to climb her basket but she was the first in her litter to master it and then the others watched and learned.

Faith, cute kitten

Faith mastered climbing on top of the basket after many clumsy attempts
Faith mastered climbing on top of the basket after many clumsy attempts | Source

Why do Most People Find Kittens Cuter than Snakes?

Konrad Lorenz argued in 1949 that infantile features triggered nurturing responses. As evidence, Lorenz note that humans react more positively to animals that resemble infants than those who do not. Animals .with big eyes big heads, shortened noses appeal to us more than a snake. Note how much we love cats compared to Iguanas. Below is adult cat Fiona with her big head, big eyes and short nose.

Fiona
Fiona | Source

Do Women or Men Find Kittens Cuter

There have been studies of this because their was a common perception that women responded more strongly to infants than men do. However, when asked to rate pictures of babies based on cuteness, men and women rated babies about the same. Of course, rating a picture is different than showing ongoing nurturing behavior towards that baby. It seems at least in the USA, more women than men take responsibility for cats and see kittens and cats as cute. Ask any rescue about the gender of their volunteers. However, I have seen all my animals, male or female. react differently to a new kitten than to a new adult cat. Here is Patch who was my alpha male of 6 Chihuahuas. He loved and accepted kittens but an adult cat better not sit within two feet of him.

Patch, alpha male, allowing kittens liberties
Patch, alpha male, allowing kittens liberties | Source

Which is the Cutest

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Science of Cute

August 15, 2012'

In his article The Science of Cute Doug Hendrie wrote that what we find cute in human babies transfers to certain animal babies. He writes:

"So why does that transfer to animals? Well, it turns out our brains latch on to pretty much anything with the same criteria. Kittens: big eyes, large heads, small noses. Baby pandas: ditto. Puppies: yep. That might even be one reason why domestic dogs and cats look quite different to their wild ancestors – we’ve bred the cute into them."

TOO CUTE KITTENS GALLERY

Faith and littermate are huddled together ina cardboard box.
Faith and littermate are huddled together ina cardboard box. | Source
They all wanted to get in the slipper but only the very light buff colored one fit in
They all wanted to get in the slipper but only the very light buff colored one fit in | Source
I think this kitten wanted Mom to clean the litter box.
I think this kitten wanted Mom to clean the litter box. | Source
These siblings, Treasure and Joop, are mirror images literally in this photo;
These siblings, Treasure and Joop, are mirror images literally in this photo; | Source
I named one litter after all events in nature. This kittens name is Sunrise and she posed - well she looked very cute on that floral pattern.
I named one litter after all events in nature. This kittens name is Sunrise and she posed - well she looked very cute on that floral pattern. | Source

This is my adult cat Lydia

A few weeks ago I was given two great pillows with this one being a mother cat and kittens. About half the cats checked them out very carefully - looking at them from a distance and trying to understand what they were. Then Lydia, chose to cozy up to the one that looked the most like her.

Lydia with new pillow
Lydia with new pillow | Source

TOO CUTE CATS GALLERY

Alice is in a yoga position.
Alice is in a yoga position. | Source
This is Avery. I didn't know a cat could open his mouth this wide
This is Avery. I didn't know a cat could open his mouth this wide | Source
Little kitten, Brutis Blue Feather, posed exactly like adult Zeke. By the way the adopter found out that Brutis Blue Feather was a girl.
Little kitten, Brutis Blue Feather, posed exactly like adult Zeke. By the way the adopter found out that Brutis Blue Feather was a girl. | Source
This is adult Mr. Mittens being friends with foster kitten.
This is adult Mr. Mittens being friends with foster kitten. | Source

This is an Exotic Cat

This is Garrison, an Exotic cat, mix of American shorthair and Persian
This is Garrison, an Exotic cat, mix of American shorthair and Persian
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      Hilda Spann 4 years ago

      All kittens and cats in these photos are rescues except the one white Siamese newborn a local lady bred from a male and female rescue........I would love to see a photo of Lindermann. I am on facebook.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Awww, how adorable! Do you breed kittens?

      Btw, adult cats are cute, too. My Lindemann is the cutest!

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      Bonnie Russ 4 years ago

      Too cute indeed! Thanks.

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      Beth Eaglescliffe 4 years ago from UK

      These kittens are so gorgeous! On a cuteness rating of 1 to 100, these definitely score the max. It's a long time since I've had a pet cat and your pictures have got me yearning for one again.

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      These pictures just make me want to squeal. So cute. That baby siamese is the cutest! I have a weakness for siamese and have a 16 year old red point mix. So great that you have taken care of so many kitties and helped them get a good start.