The 10 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

Charles Dickens once said, “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” The problem is that not all cats love people. Sure, cats can be devoted little pets and gentle companions, but while dogs are simply dying for affection, some cats seem absolutely disinterested in human interaction, let alone affection. While some cats adore sitting in their human friends’ laps, others are happier sitting on the opposite side of the couch, ignoring you until dinner time.

When you adopt a cat, you typically have no idea about the personality of the kitten you’re bringing home. The experts seem to agree, though, that there are specific breeds that are more likely to be lap lovies and cuddle bugs. While there are no guarantees in life or cat personalities, if you’re looking for an affectionate cat, here are some of the best breeds to choose.


Tonkinese Cat

If you have ever wanted a cat you can train to do tricks or walk on a leash, a Tonkinese is a good choice. According to Vet Street, it is “not uncommon for a Tonkinese to ride on your shoulder.” A blend of Burmese and Siamese cats, the Tonk is playful, gregarious, adores gentle kids, doesn’t mind pets, welcomes strangers, and is incredibly happy to sit in a lap for hours.

Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cat

These oversized cats are bona fide cuddle bugs. While males can tip the scales at around 20 pounds, according to VCA Animal Hospitals, many of them act like they are tiny lap kittens. “Though their size can be intimidating, they are known for their friendliness towards just about anything and are especially good with children and other pets,” according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA). Basically, these gentle giants are jumbo lap warmers with adorably quirky personalities and loads of charm.


Man Holding Birman Cat

With their gorgeous blue eyes and soft long hair, these beauties are excellent companions for humans. Whether you feel like playing or need a friend to sit quietly with you, Birmans are always ready. Plus, according to, the pet care site, they love to be petted and are incredibly affectionate, sensitive, and loyal. PetMD dubs Birmans “the social butterflies of the feline realm.”


White Persian Cat

Persians have a reputation for being a high maintenance breed, but don’t let the fact that their coats require a lot of grooming put you off from this friendly breed. According to CFA, gentle, quiet Persians “are tremendously responsive and become a constant source of joy and delight to their owners. Pleasurable as an unexpected sunbeam, their companionship is close and enduring.” says that once these fluffy creatures get to know you, they are determined to be your “best feline friend for life.”

Want a Loving Companion? Seek Out These Cat Breeds.


Sphynx Kitten

If you’re looking for a furry friend, well, a Sphynx cat isn’t furry. The hairless breed may not have a fuzzy mane, but according to Base Paws, they have other desirable traits: They are smart, energetic, outgoing, and playful. They get along well with other animals and enjoy curling up in a warm lap.

Russian Blue

Russian Blue Cat

Russian Blues are beautiful cats also known for creating strong bonds with their humans, according to CFA. Like many people we know, Russian Blues can take a while to warm up to new faces and be wary of strangers. These gentle cats have some surprising traits though, like their love of playing fetch. Once you’re in their family, this breed will become a devoted pet.


Burmese Kitten Relaxing in man's arms

These easy-going cats are as happy exploring and playing as they are sitting on a lap getting attention. Plus, they are one of the few cats willing to be walked on a leash, making it easy for anxious humans to let them adventure while staying safe. According to Vet Street, their striking looks come from mixing a sable Burmese with a Siamese, while points out that Bombay cats are similar to Burmese, but with all black coats, and both are some of “the most loving cats around.”



Thought to be one of the oldest cat breeds in existence, the Abyssinian has a lot going in its favor. Not only are they real lookers with the striking appearance of a lanky wildcat, but they are loyal and outgoing, too. “Once you have acquired an Aby as a companion, you will never be able to complain that no one understands you. Abys are very good at training people to do just what they want them to do,” according to CFA. Their congeniality extends to other pets, too, according to Purina, as they get along well with most dogs and other cat-friendly critters.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold Cat

Whether their ears are folded or straight, these Scottish cats are known for their sweet temperaments. According to Cheryl Hogan of The International Cat Association (TICA), they can be so mellow that “many will even let kids dress them up in doll clothes” and they like to follow their special person from room to room. They reportedly love human company and have no shame in showing it with a good cuddle.

Cornish Rex

Cornish rex cat looking at something outside

The Cornish Rex has a distinctive and elegant appearance, with a curly coat, slender body, and bat-like ears. But this breed is “anything but cool, aloof, or dignified,” according to CFA. The Cornish Rex is known for kitten-like antics, playfulness, and affection for its family.

Rover agrees that “These wavy-coated cuties can’t get enough attention. This cat breed wants all eyes on them while they play, climb, and even fetch. And they love to be stroked and held.”

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