When setting out to find the right cat for you and your home, one of the most popular questions is – which cat breed is the most affectionate?
Everyone wants the cat that’s going to be most amenable to cuddles and fuss, but as with dogs and other animals – different breeds mean different temperaments and levels of affection.
Here’s a quick guide to the 5 most affectionate breeds of domesticated cat!
- Maine Coon
Not only is the Maine Coon cat a highly domesticated and affectionate cat but is also one of the world’s most popular breeds to keep as pets.
They are one of the largest cats available and sport a lovely thick, silky coat of fur that comes in many colours. This makes them great to snuggle and pet.
Their main trait is that they are said to be almost ‘dog-like’ in their disposition and are very affectionate, loyal and easy to train. They are also quite vocal too! A true gentle giant.
Descending from Burmese and Siamese breeds, this cat is very people orientated as well as playful! This makes them great house pets and are very affectionate and love a good fuss.
Beautiful, spirited and usually happy – this is a great addition to any family household.
The fact they like to be playful means they need to be kept stimulated to prevent boredom and loneliness. Put it this way – some of these cats have been known to play ‘fetch’ like a dog!
- Norwegian Forest Cat
Like the Maine Coon, this cat descends from the cold forests of Northern Europe and so sports a thick, fluffy top coat of fur with a woolly undercoat for insulation. They are very good climbers as you’d expect!
Norwegian Forest cats are typically quite quiet and very adaptable to their surroundings, so you shouldn’t have much of an issue settling them into your home.
Unusual name for a breed of cat, but the Ragdoll is bred to be gentle and friendly as well as having a lovely soft coat that’s great for petting. They are very docile and don’t mind being picked up for a cuddle – often going limp and relaxed, which is where they get their name.
Best to keep these cats indoors as their docile nature makes them more vulnerable out in the big wide world. Just a note of caution.
One of the odder looking breeds of cat – the Sphynx is very distinctive with no hair on it’s body whatsoever!
Very friendly and affectionate and good with people, these make great pets – but be careful to keep them warm as their lack of fur makes them susceptible to the cold!