Five of the Friendliest Cat Breeds

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Many people believe cats to be standoffish, selfish and independent. Well, some breeds are, but there are others that can be as friendly as dogs. So, if you are a cat person, here are some friendly cat breeds you can consider petting.

Maine Coon

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The Maine coon, nicknamed “America’s cat,” sits at the top of the friendliest cat breeds list. Don’t let her large size fool you: there’s nothing to fear about this sweet-natured breed that is great for families, including those with small children. With her long, silky fur, you will spend a lot of time grooming a Maine coon, but, let’s face it, it’s a great way for the two of you to bond.


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Perhaps one of the most intriguing cat breeds, the Siamese is famous for her regal stature and stunning eyes. But did you know that she’s also a really friendly cat? They are peoples’ cats as they love to be on your lap, on your bed and even by your table. Siamese are excellent communicators, and she’ll be very vocal with you about what she likes or doesn’t like.


One of the friendliest cats around is the fluffy Ragdoll, a somewhat new variety first bred in the 1960s. According to Catster, her whimsical name comes from her love of lolling across a lap or being carried around the house like a baby. She’s an excellent choice for pet parents who live in apartments or other small spaces, and she’s great with children. Ragdolls are affectionate and become attached to their humans, so you may find her greeting you at the front door after work or following you around the house.


This cat variety, thought to be one of the most ancient in the world, won’t necessarily sit in your lap, but she loves her family and is very social. She’s a cat who knows how to both chill out and play, and she retains these qualities as she grows up. The Aby, as she’s sometimes called, tends to be somewhat nosy and may stick her shapely snout in your business by making a game of distracting you or clambering onto high perches.


Considered a world-wide favorite, this friendly breed has a mystical backstory originating in the former nation of Burma, now Myanmar. According to legend, the first cat was gifted her earthy coat and sky-blue eyes from a goddess after watching over her master and defending his temple from bandits. That loyalty and affection for her humans is still one of her revered qualities! The Birman’s good-natured temperament makes her a stable companion in a multi-pet family, too, and she loves having many playmates to choose from. She can be just as happy in a single-cat household, as long as she has her people with her.

So, bring any of these friendliest cat breeds home and enjoy your feline time!

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