While cats don’t necessarily have a catchy catchphrase like “man’s best friend” to their credit, there’s no denying the appeal of having a fluffy, docile companion around – especially in times like these. Maybe not all cat breeds are gentle or even fluffy, but just like dogs, each cat breed has its own personality and reputation.
Indeed, according to the American Pet Products Association, there are more cat owners than dog owners in the United States. According to their 2017-2018 survey, there are 89.7 million dog owners and 94.2 million cat owners in the United States. Although not everyone considers themselves “cat people,” the proof is in the numbers that these creatures are popular pets for people across the country. Although every cat is different, just like humans, some breeds are certainly better known for their loving nature.
Therefore, if you are thinking about adopting a cat – and adoption is always the right way – these are the breeds you might consider your love bug.
These cats are one of the oldest breeds of domesticated cats. Abyssinians are known for being rather playful and people-oriented. They are also very curious and intelligent creatures. Their high energy level will keep you on your toes.
This cat breed will certainly do justice to the “fluffy” aspect of cats. Their coat is usually snow-white with dark coloration around the eyes and plush, soft fur. What is in a name? Its name comes from the fact that the body of a Ragdoll cat becomes completely flabby when you lift it up, like a rag doll. They are typically gentle, relaxed and smooth cats – a good choice for a first time cat owner.
Maine Coons are known to be particularly friendly and intelligent. They get along with other pets as well as with children. They can also grow quite large – up to 25 pounds. While other breeds have some inherent health problems, Maine Coons are generally known as a very healthy cat breed.
Persian cats are one of the most popular breeds, which is not least due to their sweet nature. But don’t be fooled. They can be very high-maintenance and need more attention than some other breeds: Their grooming needs are somewhat more time-consuming – from brushing their fur to cleaning their eyes.
One of the probably most unusual looking cats is the Sphynx. She is best known for her lack of hair – almost complete absence of hair – and does not seem to be the most cuddly of all cats. But in spite of their appearance they are actually one of the friendliest cat breeds. They typically have a lot of energy, are faithful and almost secure at your side or on your shoulder or head.
This breed is somewhat more conspicuous than a Persian or an Abyssinian, but it is nevertheless known as one of the friendlier breeds. The fur of the Cornish Rex is shorter and its stature typically smaller, but what really stands out are its pointed ears. They are silly and active and will be a great asset to a household looking for a little momentum in their stride.
Exotically short hair
These cats have super sweet, round faces. And although they look similar to Persian cats, they are much easier to groom. They are a bit more lively than their doubles – but just as affectionate.
These kittens have a unique appearance due to their small upturned ears, which hardly protrude above the head. In combination with their round eyes and fluffy fur they are a sweet enrichment for every home. They are also very friendly, intelligent and loving.
Birman cats look somewhat similar to the Ragdoll or Siamese, and they are also similar in temperament. They are very affectionate; according to Purina they were actually bred for decades for the purpose of being domestic cats. They are not super active, they are friendly and will always keep you company.
There is a good reason why several US presidents have called Siamese cats their own during their term of office in the White House. Not only are they active, but they are also known to be quite talkative and have a unique, mewing sound. Well, maybe not talkative, but meow-like.
This breed is relatively new in the American cat scene. According to PrettyLitter.com they came here for the first time from Paris only 50 years ago. Until today the Chartreux is considered the national cat of France. They are faithful and friendly and a perfect family cat, because they are grumpy with children.