If you ever had a dog or cat growing up, then odds are you spent hours looking them over and noticing all kinds of weird patterns in their fur. Nature has an uncanny way of producing some really amazing patterns and markings in the most unexpected places. And you don't have to be a dog or cat lover to really appreciate a rare bird with feathers full of hearts or a feline with a rare and really beautiful eye condition. Keep scrolling for some of the most extraordinary fur patterns that some of the most adorable animals in the world have!
A Two-Tone Kitten
There's a really lucky pet owner out there who gets to look at this cute kitten every day and we're pretty jealous. The owner posted this photo of her adorable cat online and commenters went crazy for it. We've seen animals with two different colored eyes before but we've never seen a pet quite like this one. It's fur is seemingly split down the middle and reversed past its neck.
It honestly looks like some kind of crazy mirror trick. Some commenters said that this might be the result of a genetic mutation commonly referred to as a chimera.
Two Masked Cats
This one is pretty cool and we can only assume that these two cats are related. That's because they both have a patch of black around their eyes that looks like a mask. Surrounding that patch is white fur. It really makes them look like they're getting ready to go out and fight crime or attend a fancy ball somewhere. The idea of either is pretty hilarious to think about.
After this photo was posted, someone commented that the masks also reminded them of Zoro and the Bandit. They also kind of look like little trash pandas or raccoons.
A Dog With A Downvote
The pet owner who posted this photo promised that this little guy was a good boy. Despite that, he's had to endure having a downvote on his chest pretty much his entire short, short life. He also looks really sad in this photo for some reason. It's making us wish we could just cheer him up a bit, but we're sure he's probably just focusing on something really hard.
Some smart commenters said that the arrow on his chest wasn't actually a downvote but instead just directions for a belly rub, and we really love that explanation.
Two Cats In One
Here's another feline with what looks like a chimera mutation. This cat is absolutely gorgeous, and we're really jealous of the pet owner here. This kitten is completely black on the left side of its face, while its right side is orange. It also has different-colored eyes and a bright blue eye on its black side. It's body mirrors its face and it also has a small white patch on its chest.
The comments were pretty hilarious when this photo was posted, with some saying this cat carries around a coin to flip and others saying they bet it has 18 lives instead of 9.
A Puppy With A Heart On Its Head
We've seen dogs with marks that resemble hearts before, but those are usually on their chest. This tiny puppy has a heart pattern that's sure to make dog lovers fall in love. Its heart is actually on its head and it's super well-defined. It's probably one of the best heart markings we've ever seen, and even the way this pup's white fur outlines the actual heart is really cool.
He's a pretty adorable little canine in this photo, and we bet that heart pattern is going to look just as great when he grows up and gets a little bigger.
A Puppy With A Paw On Its Nose
If there ever was a marking or pattern that just asked to be booped this is it. Somehow, this tiny little canine has a perfect doggy paw print on its nose. This is a super cool photo and it just makes us want to reach out and touch this dog's nose. However, we're sure this little guy gets plenty of that from his owner and anybody else he sees.
We actually kind of feel sorry for him because he's going to go through his entire life with people booping his nose and he probably has no idea why.
A Dairy Cow With A Lucky Seven
If you've never looked up videos of cows just chilling and having fun with their owners then do yourself a favor and look into it. They're actually kind of like big playful dogs. Anyway, this particular cow is lucky enough to have a distinct number seven pattern on its forehead. And we're sure it really is a lucky cow if it has an owner willing to take a photo and show it off online.
Apparently, it's not all that uncommon for some types of bovines to have different markings or patterns similar to the one in this photo, according to some commenters.
A Stunning Canine With Vitiligo
This beautiful canine is probably one of the most unique we've ever seen. According to the pet owner, this dog has vitiligo, which is a pigment condition. Many humans also have vitiligo, and it's really not that uncommon. However, we've never seen it in a dog before and it looks really cool. The dog's name is Heidi and Heidi's face looks ghost white except for the darker patches of fur.
It makes for a really neat-looking color combination, especially with the little patches that look like eyebrows. If you're a dog lover, like us, then you probably just want to reach out and give Heidi a big hug right now.
A Spot-Bellied Eagle Owl
This particular bird's common name is a spot-bellied eagle owl, so all of those beautiful hearts on its body shouldn't really be a huge surprise. However, they don't always have hearts as defined as the one on this owl's feathers. The last thing a rodent would see when this guy was swooshing down would be a blur of hearts, feathers, and talons, which is both terrifying and kind of majestic.
These particular owls are native to India and they usually have larger eyebrows, so if you're ever out that way then keep your eyes peeled for owls covered in hearts.
A Feline With A Mustache
If you're a cat lover then we have a photo for you. This particular cat has what appears to be a mustache, and it's absolutely adorable. We honestly wouldn't be able to take this little kitty seriously. Depending on how you look at it, this mustache is either really dapper or comically villainous, but that's generally the only two ways you could look at a cat in general, anyway.
After this photo was posted online, a lot of people likened this cat's mustache to the Pringle's mustache and now we really can't unsee that. We also imagine it talking in a French accent.
A Black Cat With Vitiligo
Here's another feline with Vitiligo, but this little kitty is all black. We have to admit, at first, we thought that he maybe just had a bunch of random white spots or had been splashed with something. However, a lot of commenters said that their first thought was that this cat looked like the night sky. We love that thought and now all we can see is a starry sky.
Some of its spots even look like they're oval-shaped or elongated, which is what some stars or galaxies look like from a distance. We hope this guy has a pet owner who appreciates its pattern as much as we do.
A Dalmatian With A Spot
Dalmatians are probably one of the most iconic canine breeds out there. They're pretty much known for having unique patterns and spots and when we first saw this photo we thought it was just about Dalmatians in general, but this dog has a special spot. According to the pet owner, this dog's name is Wiley, and Wiley's nose is shaped like a heart. If you look closely you can see a heart-shaped pattern extending from Wiley's nose.
It's pretty adorable and makes us want to go out and find a Dalmatian. Speaking of which, we haven't actually seen one in years, and they seem to be getting rarer.
An Annoyed Cat With A Large Heart
Felines can be fickle and this cat is no different. The pet owner posted this photo and their cat looks downright annoyed. However, we can't blame them because otherwise, we wouldn't have gotten this pic. The cat has a huge heart pattern on its chest, which is much more common in canines than in cats. We've never actually seen a kitty with a heart patch on its chest until seeing this photo.
The heart is also really distinct in that it's absolutely huge in proportion to the rest of the cat's body. It literally takes up the cat's entire chest, which is kind of unique to see.
A Kitten With A Split Pattern
Here's another feline with a chimera mutation. However, this one seems to only have two different patterns on its face unlike some of the other chimeras on this list. It's eyes are also the same color. But we love the grey and black color combination and it's split perfectly down the middle of this kitty's face, which looks really cool. This cat also has a nice little white patch on its chest.
A lot of commenters said that this pattern reminded them of The Phantom of the Opera after this photo was posted, and maybe that's because of the dark color combinations. We could totally see that though.
A Two-Tone Budgie
Most people have seen or had one of these little guys before. This is called a budgie and they're really brightly colored, but they usually come in either blue or green. This particular budgie looks like he couldn't decide what color he wanted to be, so he just went for both colors. We're not exactly sure if this is a chimera, but it would make sense considering the two-tone pattern that splits down this bird's body.
It's really cool looking and even it's face is different colors on either side. One side is yellow and the other side is white. Oh, and its nose being blue means its a boy.
A Kitten With Eyebrows
This pet owner posted a picture of their cat, named Sam, to show off their cat's eyebrows. We have to say, we've never seen a cat with eyebrows quite like Sam's. This kitty has all-white fur and two perfect bushy black patches right above its eyes. We're sure Sam's owner bursts out laughing at random moments when looking at their cat. Sam just looks so confused with those eyebrows.
Of course, that's not Sam's fault, and the cat probably isn't confused (most of the time), but it's hard not to look at Sam and just ask what's wrong.
A Kitten With A Heart On Its Nose
There's a canine on this list with a heart-shaped pattern on its nose, so we just had to even things out with a feline. A pet owner had gotten this kitten not too long before posting this photo of it online. As you can see, the cat has a heart-shaped pattern right there on its nose. We're always a little more hesitant to boop a cat than a dog but we doubt we could resist if we saw this kitten in person.
We might just have to endure the claws because this kitten is pretty adorable. This kitten is probably going to be even more gorgeous when it gets a bit older.
A Cat With A... Unique Mark
There are a couple of photos on this list of pets with marks or patterns that look like arrows, but none quite like this cat. Someone posted this photo of their cat because they wanted to show off its unique arrow placement to the world. We've never even seen a pet with a pattern there and didn't know it was a thing, so this one is pretty new to us.
There were a lot of thermometer and cat-themed jokes from plenty of commenters after this photo was posted online, but we'll leave those up to our readers' imaginations.
Someone's Cat Randomly Started Turning Grey
This is a pretty cool pattern. A pet owner posted this photo of their cat, appropriately named Scrappy, and said that the cat started turning gray in random spots after it turned seven years old. The owner said that it might have been caused by vitiligo, but a lot of commenters were skeptical. They said it was more likely due to a graying gene. Either way, it looks really cool.
It makes us wonder if Scrappy is eventually going to turn all grey in the future. He looks like he was about halfway there when this photo was taken. Although, we do like this pattern and it reminds us of a snowy day.
A Two-Faced Feline
Here's another unique cat with what looks like the chimera mutation. This cat, named Venus, has two different colors of fur on its face. Not only that, but it also has differently colored eyes, which look really cool. Half of its face is black and the other half is orange. It's body is mostly orange but you can see patches of black everywhere, and we're not entirely sure if it's because of the mutation.
However, that would make sense. This cat's blue eye is also really beautiful and bright blue. There's another cat on this list with a similar pattern but seemingly reversed.
A Street Cat With A Unique Pattern
Someone posted this photo of a street cat they found under the title "This lurker with interesting fur patterns." This guy definitely looks like a lurker in this photo. He also looks like one of those cats you wouldn't want to approach without some caution. However, a keen-eyed commenter noted that this guy is actually just a really unique breed of cat that you don't really see all that often.
This cat is most likely a Transylvanian breed of cat with what's called a karpati pattern. So, he's not really scary at all. He's just a little misunderstood, is all. However, that does make us wonder what this guy is doing out on the street.
A Paw With A Smaller Paw
We're kind of torn on this one. Before seeing this photo, we thought the pets with paw prints on their noses were the most boopable on this list, but now we're reevaluating that statement. This is either a dog or a cat with a tiny, adorable paw print on its paw. It's most likely a dog, as we don't see any claws out and ready to swing at its owner.
As you might expect, there were plenty of funny comments from people after this photo was posted online, but our favorite was from someone who posted "paw-ception." It still makes us laugh.
A Very Unique Pattern On This Good Boy's Chest
Sometimes, spotting patterns on pets is a lot like spotting patterns in clouds: it takes a little imagination. This pet owner must have a lot of imagination because we probably would've looked at the pattern on this dog's chest and then thought nothing of it. Now, we can't unsee a cat sneezing. The white area looks just like a cat if they were captured mid-sneeze, and it's pretty adorable, especially on a big dog like this one.
That's on top of this dog already being super adorable in this photo. He looks like he's just sitting there patiently awaiting a command or his owner's attention for something.
A Puppy With A Bat Pattern On Its Head
This one is another that might have taken a little imagination on our part. However, it seems really obvious now. This little puppy has a black patch of fur on its head that resembles a bat. Is it Batman's sidekick? We wouldn't be surprised as we always pictured him as a dog lover. Whoever's dog it is, we're sure they have their hands full with this tiny masked pup.
Some people also likened this pattern to the Rorschach test after the photo was posted, and we could totally see that, too. Either way, it's a pretty adorable dog.
A Cat With Pants
Most of the patterns on this list are either random or involve patterns that are more vertical. This pattern is completely different. It's along the back portion of this cat's body and makes it look as though it's wearing pants, albeit pants that are pulled down a bit. Still, it's pretty funny and we probably wouldn't be able to control our laughter if we saw this feline rolling around on the floor.
One commenter said that they hoped the pet owner named the cat Pants and honestly, it's truly a crime if they didn't. That was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity.
A Cat With A Boy Holding A Heart
This is an amazing pattern. There are plenty of pets on this list with hearts somewhere on their body, but none with a pattern quite like this one. This feline has what looks like a boy holding a giant heart. You can even make out the boy's hair. It's one of the most unique patterns we've ever seen and it kind of reminds us of the logo with the boy on the moon.
That said, we sure hope this kitten is doing okay, considering it looks either really mad or scared in this photo. It may have also just been heading to a trip to the vet or something though.
A Squirrel With Three Different Colors
This is unlike any other photo on this list. This is a picture someone took of a squirrel in their backyard. Obviously, they saw this squirrel and thought something looked off about it. Turned out this squirrel has three different colors of fur: black, brown, and blonde. We've never seen a squirrel with a pattern like this or with any kind of pattern at all, so it's pretty cool.
It looks like what would happen if you were to take three different kinds of squirrels and just combine them into one. If you're interested in odd squirrels, (and why wouldn't you be?), then check out the Malabar giant squirrel.
A Classy Cat With A Mustache
There's one other cat on this list with a mustache for all of you cat lovers, but this might just be our favorite. For whatever reason, this cat just looks like a perfect gentleman. It might be this cat's fluffy coat of hair or its grey coloration, but whatever the reason, the mustache just fits this cat perfectly. We could picture this cat sitting down in a fancy restaurant to enjoy an expensive glass of wine.
Most commenters expressed similar sentiments after this photo was posted, but there was someone who said it looked more like a milk mustache and we could totally see that too.
A Chicken With A Lot Of Hearts
This hen is unlike any we've ever seen. Some types of chickens have spots on their bodies, but we've seen one with spots that look like a lot of hearts. It's pretty unique, even if this hen doesn't look like she's feeling any kind of love in this particular photo. One person commented that there had been an owl in the hen house after this photo was posted online.
They were referencing the spot-bellied owl that's native to India and actually featured on this list, and we have to say that we are starting to have our suspicions.
A Cat With A 'Meow'
This is defintely one that took a little imagination on the pet owner's part. You'd truly have to be a cat lover in order to spot this. They noticed that their cat had an odd-looking pattern and after staring at it for what we imagine was a good while, they made out the word "meow." It's much easier to see after having looked at the photo with the markup.
However, it probably would've taken us a while if we were just working with a photo with no markups. That said, you can definitely tell there's something peculiar going on in this cat's pattern.
A Kitty With A Camouflaged Nose
There are plenty of unique patterns on this list, but none that could be described as camouflage thus far. Someone posted this photo of a cat and at first, we thought that this feline was missing a nose, but we were totally wrong. It's just that its pattern makes it look like it doesn't have a nose. You actually have to look kind of close in order to make it out.
Some people noted that without a distinguishable nose, this cat kind of looks like an owl. We'd have to agree but add that this kitten's big eyes also help in that regard.
A Puppy With Glasses
Here's one for all of you dog lovers out there. Someone posted this photo of their family member's puppy, and you can probably see why. It looks like the puppy is wearing glasses or those masks you might see on a bandit in an old cartoon. This pup would be gorgeous even without the glasses pattern, but with them, it looks absolutely beautiful. Some people also likened these marks to something that happened in a scene from M.A.S.H.
In that scene, someone covered the rims of a pair of binoculars with eyeliner, which left rings around a character's eyes after they looked through the binoculars.
A Lamb Pretending To Be A Cow
We're pretty sure everyone out there has seen one of those videos of an animal that seems to get along better with those from another species. Well, this lamb might just be one of those animals. It's basically a lamb that's pretending to be a cow. Or, at least, it's a lamb with a very cow-like pattern. Honestly, when we first glanced at this photo we thought that this was a cow.
The only thing more adorable than this photo would be a photo of this lamb out in a field playing around with some cows. We really wish we had that photo or better yet, video.
A Golden Retriever With A Birthmark
We've never seen a golden retriever with a birthmark, so imagine our surprise when we saw this photo. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate how unique this mark is. A pet owner's golden has a birthmark that means one side of their dog's face is black. It's super unique, and we've only ever seen these types of dogs with all yellow or golden colored fur.
Even with the mark, this doggo still has that same goofy smile golden retrievers are known for. We bet it gets all kinds of compliments from random people on the street.
A Kitty With A Tattoo
Okay, so this cat doesn't actually have a tattoo, but its unique marks make it look like it has two halves of the same tattoo on either of its hind legs. Someone snapped this photo of the cat lying down and the marks coming together to form a heart. Not only are these marks unique but the way this cat is laying down is also pretty uncommon. It's almost as if it knows.
A lot of people online were pretty amazed that this cat was lying down like this, too. They mentioned that and how much they just wanted to squeeze and love on the cat.
A Cat With Multiple Patterns
We have cats with hearts and cats with pants, so naturally, it's time for a cat with both. You don't have to be a cat lover to appreciate how rare it must be to have both. The heart on this cat's side is also really big compared to a lot of the other ones on this list. Although, its pants are pulled down a little lower than the other cat with pants.
This cat also isn't wearing any socks, but who cares? The cat's owner said that their cat was really proud of its pattern when they posted the picture, and honestly, it should be.
A Dog With A Cat On Him
There must be something weird going on because there are a couple of photos on this list of dogs with patterns that look like cats. This pet owner posted a photo of their doggo sleeping, and you can clearly see the outline of a cat in their fur. It's actually a little worrying and makes us think that the cats might be up to something. Maybe it's just a spirit animal thing or something.
A lot of people commented that their own dogs would either be annoyed or scared if they had similar patterns in their fur. Some also pointed out how nature has a cruel sense of humor.
A Cat With A Cat Tattoo
This one is pretty cool. A pet owner posted a photo of their cat and what appears to be a mark that resembles the silhouette of a feline. It's almost as if their cat has a tattoo of another tiny cat on their palm. This makes for a great tattoo idea, and we would totally get a matching tattoo if we had a cat with a similar tattoo. You could also just get something similar if you were a cat lover.
Some people noted how that might just be a tattoo of this cat's girlfriend but we don't think this kitty would go off and make a decision as bad as that.
This Dog Has A Bird On Its Chest
Forget an "S,"; the bird on this dog's chest is much more unique. This pup has a really majestic-looking bird pattern that reminds us of a phoenix or something similar. Of course, it also kind of reminds us of those really bad chest tattoos, but that's beside the point. This doggo's unique pattern is a lot cooler than those. Some people said that this looked more like a bat to them but we don't really see it.
This dog also looks like he's got it made with that huge bed. We just want to reach out and give him a big hug with all of that fluff.
A Calf With A Heart
We just had to include this photo of a baby calf with a giant heart on its head. The entire calf is black except for a single white patch on the top of its head that looks like a heart. This fella doesn't actually look like he was born that long ago. It's probably really young. Whenever this photo was posted, some people shared their own stories of growing up with cows and calves.
They all had a similar theme, which was how inquisitive and fun-loving cows can be, which isn't what most people think of when they think of cattle but it's true.