Affectionate cat snuggles with young child.

11 Affectionate Cat Breeds That Just Want to Cuddle


Most cats love cuddling just as much as dogs, but these affectionate cat breeds are especially friendly lap lovers!

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.

Cheryl Hogan of The International Cat Association (TICA) offered her two cents on cat breeds she knows to have more a connection to their human counterparts. She told Pet MD that the following nine cat breeds are more likely "to go out of their way to snuggle right into your heart."

While all cats have unique and special personalities, these 11 affectionate cat breeds seem more interested to sit on laps than being alone.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

1. Scottish Fold

Portrait of a scottish fold breed blue cat


Yes, this is the cat breed of Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson, Taylor Swift's cats/family members.

One of the friendliest family pets, this breed is 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.

2. Ragdoll

young woman with ragdoll cat on couch

These cats are literally known as "puppy cats" because they have such dog-like traits, like wanting to cuddle. Ragdoll cats are named so because these low-maintenance lovers go limp in your arms and love being held.


This breed is a popular indoor cat and is more interested in their humans than most cats. Ragdoll cat owners have even been known to play fetch with their cat companions

3. Tonkinese

Tonkinese cat on the beach

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.


4. Birman

Seal point Sacred Birman cat sitting in the owner's hands

Birmans are just big, fluffy piles of love. Not only does Cheryl Hogan bring her expertise to cat shows, she also breeds cats and the Birman cat is one of the most personable lap cats she knows. 

"I've never met such a people-oriented cat in my life," she said. 

Birmans are as affectionate as they are sensitive and will always rely on you for companionship.


5. Sphynx

A cat in a gray scarf. Woolen yarn. Knitted. White background.

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It might be easy to guess why this cat breed is on the most affectionate list--they like to be warm! And one of the warmest places in the house happens to be snuggling your lap.

Hairless Sphynx cats are known to be very silly and love showing off for their cat lovers around the world.


6. Siamese

Girl holds in his hands a beautiful Siamese cat

Siamese cats are also very vocal and like to tell their owners all about their day. Their favorite place to reminisce about the bug they chased in the yard? Your arms.

"The love you can see in their eyes toward their owners is incomparable," says Hogan. Which is an accurate description of this affectionate cat. 

7. Kurilian Bobtail

Kuril Bobtail cat black and white style in home


This breed is pretty rare in the U.S. but is known to be very personable. The Kurilian Bobtail is from Russia and if you're lucky enough to have one, you know they are very special companions.

These cats are known to be very friendly and devoted to their human counterparts.


8. Burmese

Beautiful brown chocolate burmese cat


Burmese cats are very social and love to be held. This affectionate cat breed is pretty much soft lumps of chocolate love.

Plus, their expressive faces will tell all when you hold them close and whisper sweet nothings in their ears.

9. Bombay

Beautiful black cat plays

The Bombay cat is actually a breed that came from the Burmese, so it makes sense they have similar attributes. But this little black panther is recognized as their own breed, and an affectionate breed they are.


In fact, TICA judge and longtime Bombay breeder Wendy Klamm says that these cats are "the goodwill ambassadors of the cat fancy, never having met a stranger. They make friends with everyone."

10. Maine Coon

red maine coon cat lying down outdoors

The Maine Coon is the largest domestic cat breed, as these gentle giants can weigh up to 18 pounds and 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.


11. Persian

Cute persian cat inside glass bowl on the wooden desk

If you don't mind investing some time in grooming your cat, a Persian can make a loving and loyal addition to your home. Persian cats are visually striking, but they're also great lap cats. Most Persians will happily sit in your lap for hours, but won't demand your attention every time you sit down.

Persians are affectionate with their family members and they like to both play and snuggle. Many Persians get along well with other pets, and they can be great choices for families with children or for quieter homes, too.

Some other cat breeds that are known to be extra cuddly include the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex cats (curly-haired cats), the Himalayan, and the Russian Blue.


While all cats can have moments of affection, these 11 breeds are more willing to let you love them up close and are always ready for a good snuggle.

Do you have one of these breeds? Are they extra friendly? Tell us in the comments below. 

This article was originally published August 23, 2019.

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