It’s a common misconception that cats don’t necessarily need humans to have a happy life. While it is undeniable that cats are more independent than dogs, some cat breeds are known to be more cuddly than others and rely on humans for those said cuddles. While all cats have unique and special personalities, these following 10 affectionate cat breeds seem more interested in sitting on laps than being alone.
These cats are very mellow and docile from thousands of years of domestication. Scottish Folds want nothing more but to spend the day in your lap looking at you with those big, round eyes.
Deceptively muscular, yet soft at the same time, Ragdolls are the ideal indoor cats because they’re so happy and interested in being part of the household. Much like Scottish Folds, a Ragdoll will even tolerate being dressed up like a doll, because they love kids and adults alike. The Ragdoll’s tiny meow is more of a chirp, and those lucky enough to live with one will hear that merry sound quite a bit, as this sweet kitty tells everyone how happy he is to be part of the action.
It might be easy to guess why this cat breed is on the top affectionate list. They like to be warm! And one of the warmest places in the house happens to be your lap.
Hairless Sphynx cats are known to be very silly and love showing off for their human audience.
This intelligent cat breed is also very vocal. They are known to hold full conversations with their people, and while they have these convos, they like to be cuddling.
Tonkinese cats are one of the most social cat breeds and make good companions.
The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed. They can weigh up to 18 pounds and grow to be up to 40 inches long. That’s a lot of cat to have on your lap, but Maine Coons are highly social and most love interacting with their human families.
Maine Coon cats tend to chirp and trill instead of meowing, and they’ll do that enthusiastically to get your attention. These lovable, affectionate cats are known to play fetch and even be willing to walk on a leash.
Intuitive, freely affectionate, and loving, Birmans offer a shoulder to cry on, but they will also entertain you like a kitten, energetically playing their favorite kitty games for hours. Sensitive and loyal, the Birman is the feline epitome of that theme song from the Friends television series: I’ll be there for you!
From Russia with love, the sturdy Kurilian Bobtail, a so-called “natural breed,” has a distinctive pompom tail that can’t be missed. His looks may be wild, but he possesses a gentle, loving temperament.
This is a newer This is a breed that adores being petted and cherished. Hogan calls them “charismatic” in the way they interact with people. The congenial Kurilian will instantly bond with you and your resident cat and/or dog, becoming a devoted friend for years to come.
Virtually the same cat in different shades, the sable-brown Bumese and the jet-black Bombay are sweet-natured kitties who “will make themselves at home in any available lap”. Social cats who thrive on attention from their family members, the Burmese and Bombay are equally fond of infants, elderly, and everyone in between. They make friends with everyone.” One thing’s certain—with a Burmese or Bombay in the house, no one will ever feel alone.
Differing only in coloration—the Siamese has “colorpoints” that contrast with his creamy body while the Oriental comes in every hue and pattern—both are lively and outspoken, but equally devoted and loving.
“The love you can see in their eyes toward their owners is incomparable”. Famously vocal—let us all remember the singing Siamese from Lady and the Tramp—they’re also more active than many other breeds, playing during the day and becoming what Hogan calls “the most passionate bed partners at night.”
Thought to be one of the oldest cat breeds in existence, Abyssinians are smart, curious, and athletic. But best of all, they’re highly people-oriented and social. “Aby’s” aren’t necessarily lap cats, but they love to play and hang out with their humans.
One way to share affection with your Abyssinian cat: take them out for a leashed walk!