10 Fluffy Cat Breeds Perfect for Snugglin'

Posted by Christy Caplan
Maine Coon
Samson the Maine Coon cat has become a NYC celebrity because of his unusual proportions. Photo by Splurt Zillionz via The Dodo.

Do you live with a cat that fits this description? They're the perfect cat to snuggle with and cuddling is their favorite pastime? You must sign up for extensive grooming and brushing though! We want to snuggle with all these breeds.

Let's start with this list of cat breeds although we could easily include more than ten!

1. Maine Coon

red maine coon cat lying down outdoors

The Maine Coon is an American breed of cat which is well-adapted for working in the cold winters and fluctuating seasons of the New England region. It is called a Maine Coon because it was first recognized in the state of Maine and is now the official state cat. It was also famously the pet of Marie Antoinette in France before it was established here in America.

While its true ancestral origins are unknown, it bears resemblance to the Norwegian forest cat, suggesting it was brought to North America by way of the English sailors, the Norsemen, who were famous for having this breed of cat onboard their ships.

2. Persian

Persian Cat

The Persian cat sits on the throne of its household. This breed holds the distinction of being one of the breeds favored by royalty. And it's easy to understand why. With beautiful luxurious coats and regal personalities, Persians are pretty much royalty in feline form.

Persians may be gorgeous and seem like the perfect cats, but make sure you're ready for everything that comes with this breed. These kitties require a lot of extra care. But, if you're ready to pamper your cat a bit, you'll be rewarded with a loyal feline friend.

3. Norwegian Forest Cat

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Large, friendly, and with a beautiful and thick coat, it's no wonder that the Norwegian Forest Cat is such a popular breed today. These cats make great pets and their thick, long coats mean they're well-suited to colder areas. Be prepared, though, since these coats will shed and your cat will need plenty of brushing.

If you add a Norwegian Forest Cat to your home, you'll have something of a living legend in your house. This very old breed from Norway appears in traditional Norwegian fairy tales and legends. They have a history that could perhaps go back thousands of years.

4. Ragdoll

Ragdoll Cat
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If you're looking for a cuddly, affectionate, and incredibly laid-back cat, you'll find it in the Ragdoll. This unique breed is known for its dog-like behaviors and lackadaisical attitude. Whereas many other cats are known for being highly particular and even sometimes "snobby," the Ragdoll is anything but.

Thanks to its great attitude and friendly nature, this cat breed is a popular choice for families, since Ragdolls and kids often get along well. Read on to find out what's so interesting and unique about this very special cat breed.

5. Siberian

Care.com tells us, these cats have been around since 1000 A.D.

"Hailing from Siberia, this breed was first referenced all the way back in 1000 A.D., according to TICA. Powerful, intelligent and entertaining best describe the Siberian, which frequently takes problem-solving (like opening doors) into their own paws. Their semi-long coat is thick in the winter to withstand the elements and becomes shorter and lighter in the warmer months."

6. Himalayan

Rover.com said this breed is nicknamed "Himmy," a cross between a Persian and Siamese cat--resulting in a very beautiful feline:

"Rockin' small ears, large eyes, and an endearing expression, this kitty comes with a luxurious coat that comes in shades of blue, chocolate, lilac, flame, tortoiseshell, blue-cream, cream, and a variety of patterns."

7. Exotic Shorthair

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With the Insta pic above you can see why the Exotic Shorthair is on this list. The Exotic Shorthair has been dubbed by the feline world as the 'Lazy Man's Persian' due to his plush, short coat!

8. 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.

9. British Shorthair

cat in baby carriage

Good Housekeeping tells us this breed is very calm and easy-going!  In the interview, experts say this breed is suitable for a working individual because they don't require much attention.

10. Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin Cat

Experts tell us that we shouldn't confuse the Ragamuffin cat with his cousin the Ragdoll cat. The Ragamuffin cat breed also appears to be bigger than she actually is. Their medium-long coat with a soft, silky texture typically does not mat or tangle readily and is easy to groom.

Check out these cool facts we learned from Vet Street:

  • He follows his people wherever they go and greets guests at the door with a happy meow. This is why she's called the 'velcro' cat!
  • Don't confuse the Ragamuffin with his cousin the Ragdoll. The two are separate breeds,
  • She was probably created by crossing longhaired breeds such as Turkish Angoras, Persians, Birmans, and longhaired domestic cats.

Which of these cats do you want to snuggle with?

These fluffy cat breeds need regular grooming and daily brushing! This includes that bushy tail and fluffy tail as you don't want to see any mats. You can work with a groomer if you need advice.

Are you lucky enough to live with a Ragamuffin or another one of these breeds? If you do, tell us what they're like below in the comments! 

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