The Most Affectionate Cat Breeds for Cat Lovers

Cats have a reputation for being aloof. Some breeds are much more likely to seek out the attention of their owners or snuggle up with them on the sofa. 

6 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

The 6 cat breeds most likely to show you affection are:

1. Abyssinian 

Abyssinian cats are known for their curiosity and inquisitiveness. They love to explore, climb, and grab hold of things that catch their interest. Most Abyssinians are extremely playful and never seem to stop moving for long. 

These cats want affection from their humans. They also get along well with other cats, dogs, and other pets. As active and intelligent cats, they do need a lot of physical and mental exercise. Be sure to keep plenty of toys on hand to interact with them and keep them busy. 

2. American Shorthair

American Shorthairs are one of the most easygoing cat breeds around. They love to get affection and cuddle with members of their human family, but they’re not too demanding about it. They like to play but don’t need attention around the clock. 

The American Shorthair is good-natured and adaptable. They get along well with adults and children as well as other cats and dogs. Their original purpose was to rid shops of pests, though, so their instincts may take over if you have rodents or small birds. 

3. Birman

With their striking blue eyes and soft, fluffy coats, Birman cats look like royalty. In addition to being affectionate with their humans, they typically also enjoy the company of other cats as well as dogs. 

They’re not demanding but will let their humans know when they want to be petted. Birmans don’t typically enjoy being the only pet, though.

4. Maine Coon

Maine Coons, also called a Coon Cat, are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. Originally from Maine, they were once farm and ship companions that helped to get rid of mice. Most have maintained their hunting instincts, which means they can help keep pests at bay. Some even enjoy water.

The Maine Coon is an affectionate cat, but it’s not an overly needy breed. They’re content to lounge on the laps of their humans or curl up beside them. They’re highly intelligent and trainable. One thing to keep in mind is that they’re talkative. If you don’t mind that, they’re a great companion to have in your life. 

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5. Persian

Often portrayed as prim and prissy, Persians are very affectionate and loving. They’re quiet about it, though, and don’t demand constant attention. Unlike some of the other breeds, they’re not particularly high energy. Instead, they prefer to lounge next to their humans and be petted. As a long-haired breed, they do need regular grooming, so make sure you have time to devote to their needs. 

6. Ragdoll

Another large cat breed, with some reaching more than 20 pounds, Ragdoll cats are sometimes called “puppy-cats.” These highly affectionate felines are known to greet their humans at the door when they come home, and follow them from room to room.

Unlike some other breeds of cats, Ragdolls aren’t jumpers or climbers. But these gentle giants do love to play, and they can even be taught to fetch.  

Other Considerations for Owning an Affectionate Cat

All cats, like people, are different. Some are more affectionate than others regardless of their breed.

Affectionate cats demand much more attention than independent breeds. They don’t like to be left alone for long, so you should make sure that you have the time to devote to them before you bring one into your home. 

In general, cats are low-maintenance pets. Long-haired breeds do need more grooming to help keep their coats mat-free. 

Along with toys, all cats need high-quality food, plenty of fresh water, and a clean litter box. Regular vet visits are also necessary to help keep your cat healthy.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on June 28, 2021

Sources

SOURCES:

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance: “Persian Cat Facts.”

Cat Fanciers’ Association: “About the Ragdoll.”

Countryside Veterinary Clinic: “Maine Coon.”

Europetnet: “American Shorthair.”

Governing Council of the Cat Fancy: “Abyssinian.”

Hills: “American Shorthair Cat Information and Personality Traits.”

VetStreet: “Birman”

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