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How Purr-Fect—These 10 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Love to Snuggle, Like Fur Real


Cats aren't exactly known for their cuddly nature. Most kitties have strong-willed personalities and can be hilariously sassy at times and let's just call a spade a spade: That's exactly why we love them. Cats make awesome pets, as they're relatively independent and self-sufficient. But if you're looking to bring home a four-legged feline and expect a 24/7 cuddle buddy, you might walk away with a scratch or two. So we're breaking down the most affectionate cat breeds.

If a cuddly cat is more your style, it's totally paws-ible to find a social, loving, huggable cat. After all, it all depends on the cat breed and believe it or not, some pussycats are more affectionate than others. Check out the 10 most affectionate cat breeds right meow!

10 Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

1. Ragdoll


As this cat's breed name would suggest (it literally has doll in the title), the Ragdoll is known as one of the more affectionate and cuddly breeds. More dog-like in some of their behavior than cats, Ragdolls have a tendency to follow their humans around the house, seeking attention, and even greeting their owners when they come home. If you're really good, you may even be able to teach your Ragdoll how to play fetch!

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2. Bombay


Cute black cat snugly lying on a plaid stretching its paws and looking at the camera.

Bombay owners are obsessed with this lovable breed and rightfully so. More so than some other cat breeds, Bombays love their people and welcome physical touch, engagement, and play. They're curious cats—especially when they're kittens—and when they're in the mood, will sometimes even beg for your attention.

3. Scottish Fold


Scottish folds may get a lot of attention for their genetically folded-down ears, but if it's an affectionate cat you're looking for, you might want to look beyond Scottie's physical attributes. These cats are inherently very social and similar to some dog breeds, Scottish folds don't do well when left alone hours on end. If it's a companion you seek, the SF could be your purr-fect soulmate.

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4. Sphynx


Don't let that sour puss fool you! The Sphynx is actually very lovable and thanks to their lack of hair, these cats literally crave physical touch for the warmth. Some Sphynx owners even report cuddling with their Sphynxes in bed!

5. Birman

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It's a good thing Birman cats love to be pet because they have some of the softest, silkiest coats of kitties everywhere. These pussycats don't just love having people around; they genuinely enjoy hanging out with other cats and even pets, too.

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6. Abyssinian


Highly social and very curious, Absynnians love to engage with their humans by playing. While they won't necessarily curl up on your lap or sleep under the covers with you, Absynnians are definitely one of the more affectionate breeds that enjoy the company of humans, rather than just tolerate it.

7. Persian


One of the lazier breeds on this list is the Persian, but don't mistake their sloth for disinterest. Sure, these cats enjoy laying around but scratches, pets, and attention from humans are definitely welcome.

8. Cornish Rex


If you really want to feel like a buddy and a caregiver to your cat, you can't go wrong with a Cornish Rex. These kitties will eat up all your attention and love every second of it.

9. Burmese


If it's a lap-cat you're looking for, look no further than a Burmese. These cats are extremely precocious and love to play, but they also enjoy snoozing in the comfort of their owners' laps, too.

10. Maine Coon


Maine coons can get big—like, really big. Like nearly 20 pounds big! But with a big cat comes more to love, right? Coons are known for breaking records when it comes to length as their tails can grow super long, but their doting nature is what really makes them a standout breed.

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