8 most affectionate cat breeds
Cats are without a doubt one of the most popular and prized pets all around the world. These little felines are sometimes considered as Satan’s spawn due to their moody behavior and unpredictable nature, especially when compared to that of a dog’s obedience. Regardless, many people do like to pet a cat as they are low maintenance and easy to keep inside small spaces, unlike dogs. Not to mention they are super fluffy and lovely to cuddle with when they want you to.
Around the world, there seems to be a unanimous scenario when it comes to affectionate cat breeds. The most prized and sought after cats to pet are more or less of the same breed around the world. Here are 8 of the most cuddly cat breeds to keep as pets around the world.
1. The Persian
This cuddly cat breed has been the most popular one since the CFA (Cat Fancier Association) first started its operation and keeping records back in 1871. The Persian has been a popular number choice for more than thirty years among the cat lovers.
Persians are very affectionate and loyal cats, which might be one of the sole reasons for their immense popularity.
Persians like a serene environment, so they are not the best pets to have around if you have small kids. The Persians are also indoor cats, so it is best to keep them entirely indoors. The Persians need regular baths to keep their fluffiness on point as the fur is prone to getting matte if not groomed every day. The long hair is too long for the Persian to be self-groomed thoroughly, so you need to help to do that.
The Persians do need to get their long hair to be groomed every single day so know that you are going to get into a bit of a maintenance scenario if you want to get yourself one as a pet. But the fluffy balls with its affectionate behavior are amazing to cuddle with and worth the hassle if you ask me. The famous Persians from movies are Snowball from Stuart Little and Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers.
Also please, check 5 most famous movies with cats.
2. Maine Coon
This is another widely popular cat breed around the world. It has been in the second place in terms of popularity since the year 1992 and for good reasons. This loving cat is gentle and loyal and generally gets along with everyone, yes even with the dogs and children.
This cat will also follow you around from room to room as they are affectionate like that. This is also one of the biggest cat breeds found ever as the breed can weight from anywhere between 9 to 18 pounds. This cat is very healthy and hardy as well.
Like the Persian, the Maine coon also has long hair, but thankfully they don’t need as much grooming. This beautiful and big cat is a native to the Maine. They are also the largest of the domestic breed of cats. While the average maximum weight is 18 pounds, there are some which even gets up to 20 pounds. The Maine Coon takes three to four years to reach the maturity physically.
The Maine Coon is a royal looking cat with very thick fur that has a waterproof layer. The large and wide paws of the Maine coon act like snowshoes over snow. The cat uses its thick and long tail to wrap around its face in the harsh weather. This cat also happens to be a good mouser so if you are suffering; this can be another good reason to get yourself a Maine coon.
3. The Exotic Shorthair
This type of cat breed is ideal for cat lovers who want to have a Persian but can’t due to the high maintenance status. The breed looks similarly cuddly and fluffy as the Persian but has short hair and thus is lower maintenance. They are as affectionate and lovely as the Persian as well. They only need brushing twice a week, so they are super manageable even if you are too busy to have a pet. Because of their similarities in looks and nature, the Shorthair is nicknamed as ‘The Persians in Pyjamas’.
The Exotic Shorthair has a squashed face with rounded ears, so it looks sort of like a teddy bear. Beware though, even though it looks like a teddy bear, it is not best to be around kids due to their calm nature as they prefer serene environment. They are not terrible with kids and other pets, but they are not excellent either.
It is similar to its long-haired cousin when it comes to being calm and laid back. The Exotic Shorthair is a great hunter as well. The Exotic Shorthair is one of the best cat breeds and thus is widely popular all over the world.
4. The Siamese
The Siamese is one of the chattiest cat breeds found around the world. They love to chat and yowl at their owners and are very curious in nature. The cats are native from Siam, now known as Thailand and are a distinctive breed of oriental cats.
The Siamese are known for its distinctively dazzling blue eyes and are called Moon Diamond due to this fact. The Siamese comes in many different colors, but the dark patches on the face, ears, paws, and tails are integral to the breed.
Apart from being adored for the looks, the Siamese are also widely loved because of the friendly nature. The Siamese tries to attract the attention of the owner, and they tend to move toward only one person as they are known for being loyal.
Even with the slender body, the Siamese are very athletic. The Siamese can also be nervous and sensitive to new people and environment, so introduce new individuals and places carefully if you have one. Alternatively, if you travel frequently, then the Siamese is not the right cat for you as they get attached to their owner and don’t usually like getting petted by anyone else. Due to this reason, the Siamese are not the most pet and kid friendly cat breed either.
The famous fictional Siamese cats are Si and Am, from the famous movie Lady in the Tramp. If you are a person living alone with no other kids or pets around, then the Siamese can be a great companion for you.
5. The Ragdoll
This cat breed gets its name as it tends to go completely limp in the arms of you once you pick it up, so a cat breeder gave it this name back in the early 60s. The cat breed is very loving and cuddly. They tend to be on the larger side like the Maine coon and can weight anywhere from 10 to 15 lbs. with the males getting even larger. This cat breed should always be kept inside as they are quite docile in nature, so they are not able to defend themselves in harsher conditions.
This cat breed is very sweet-natured, and they are quick to make friends. The Ragdoll has loving big blue eyes, so you are bound to fall for it no time. Moreover, the Ragdoll is good at making friends with ease, so if you are living with a big family, this is the right cat breed for you. The Ragdoll is affectionate and will often follow you around from room to room.
This cat breed can be used if you have kids as well as they are known for not using teeth and claws during playtime. It is good around other pets as well, but make sure you don’t leave it unsupervised around hostile and aggressive pets as the Ragdoll is weak in self-defense.
The ragdoll needs regular grooming as the hair is full and plush so keep that in mind if you are a busy person. Also, know that some Ragdolls can get up to 20 pounds, so if you are looking for a smaller house cat, this breed might not be the best for you.
6. The Abyssinian
This breed is believed to have originated from the now Ethiopia and then Abyssinian, thus the name. This is a short haired cat breed which has a friendly and active nature. The thin coat of the cat is very elegant and shiny. These are one of the oldest breeds of cats, and they resemble the ancient Egyptian cats with its large pointy ears and slender legs paired with the lithe build.
This domestic breed is considered to be very intelligent. They are also active felines. They are also considered to be some of the best-looking cats in the cat world as they have super shiny and thin coat of fur which makes them look elegant and sleek. These cats are one of the smallest house cats as they weigh only between 6 to 10 pounds on an average.
This cat breed is highly extroverted and loves to explore and play. It also loves to play in the water, so chances are you will be getting a bathing partner if you get one of these to have as your pet. These cats are generally timid and shy around strangers, but they can be a nice addition as a family pet along with some cat-friendly puppies. If you want a show cat, then this breed is not going to be your best bet as these cats are mostly suitable and comfortable in the home environment to suit its people loving nature and loyalty.
7. The Sphynx
Even though it sounds like those majestic statues in Egypt, this is actually a cat breed. The Sphynx is an expensive race which is active and agile in nature. It has a unique appearance with no fur but it is not hairless and thus has the nickname ‘Naked Climber’ as it is very friendly as well. It needs constant attention from the owner so don’t get yourself one if you are not willing to oblige.
The Sphynx comes in various colors such as pink, white and brown. Since the Sphynx is not completely hairless and is in fact covered in very fine peach like fuzz all over the body, it is super sensitive to the sun and other elements this is why it requires specialized clothes.
This is also the reason why the Sphynx should only be considered to be kept as an indoor cat. The cat breed is warm to the touch and very energetic and likes to cuddle as they are very affectionate as well. Sphynxs like to cuddle with you under the covers as well. The Sphynx has large pointy ears and is very curious in nature so it can be a nice family pet even if you have small kids and other pets.
Also, The Sphynx weighs between 8 to 15 pounds on an average, but weight gain can be a serious issue if not monitored frequently.
8. The Birman
If you are looking for a cat that behaves like a dog, you should get yourself a Birman. This cat is thought to have originated from Burma and hence the name. The cat breed is outgoing and friendly, coupled with an even-tempered nature which is a very rare trait to be found in a cat. They are known to respond to calls. They will also greet you at the door same as a dog would. The Birman has long and silky hair but does not require much grooming as it does not get matted easily so if low maintenance is your priority, this can be your choice.
The beautiful cat is known for its blue eyes with dark points on its face, legs, tail, and ears. This cat loves to play but can stay out of your way when you are busy. This makes it perfect to become a family pet with kids and other pets.
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At the end of the day
If you are on the lookout for a loving cat, I hope this article will come in handy to get you a proper companion. Based on your preferences, you can get a breed that suits you the most.
You are also welcome to check this list of rare cat breeds!