There’s often the belief that mutations create defects and monsters. Yet in the animal breeding world, mutations simply mean something different. In the case of cats, many mutations create distinct cat breeds that can be beautiful in their own interesting way.

Fore example, Scottish Fold cats have limp ears caused by a mutation that affects cartilage and bone development. The official term for their condition is osteochoendrodysplasia, yet this folded ear look can actually be adorable.

Another mutation involves curly tailed cats. While most cats have straight tails, curly tailed cats have tails that naturally twist in different shapes, giving them a strangely cute appearance.

To learn about other cat mutations that produce cuteness, click here.

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