Cats have too long been stereotyped as aloof and anti-social creatures. And sure, our feline friends may not be as obvious about their affections as canines, but that doesn’t mean these furry felines don’t crave attention, company and cuddle sessions.
In fact, certain cat breeds live to mix and mingle.
So much, in fact, that some of them will hardly leave you alone. Yes, these are the friendly stalkers and attention mongers of the feline world. The ones who’ll keep you
hostage company even when you have a deadline due, try to “talk” over that documentary you’re trying to watch, and lay on your face snuggle up to you while you sleep.
None of which make them any less adorable. So if you’re looking for a cat that spits up the cats-are-unfriendly stereotype like an old hairball – read on to meet the friendliest cat breeds in all the world.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #1. Sphynx
The results are in – a recent study reveals that I am the sweetest cat towards strangers and owners alike. But if you’ve ever met me, you already knew that. That’s ’cause what I lack in hair, I make up for in friendliness and devotion. Highly sociable and unreservedly affectionate, I know no shame when it comes to begging for attention.
I’ll greet you when you get home, follow you wherever you go, talk to you endlessly, learn to play fetch so we can bond further, and even snuggle up to sleep with you. ‘Personal space’ isn’t in my repertoire so no boundaries between us, okay? Read more about the Sphynx.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #2. Burmese
I am the social butterfly of the feline world. I live to mix and mingle and will do so with everyone. Everyone, you ask? Absolutely! You’ll never see me turning down a petting session from a stranger or an appreciative smooch from a cat-friendly dog.
Humans and animals fascinate me, which is why I’m forever following everyone around to find out what they’re up to. Of course, I’ll be providing running commentary the whole time. I’m wonderful fun to be around, I hear ‘though admittedly, I have no sense of boundaries. Read more about the Burmese.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #3. Abyssinian
I’m very well-known in the cat loving world for my friendliness – seriously, I’ve made it into every Friendliest Cat Breeds list that’s ever been compiled. And it’s all true – I’m a high-spirited charmer who’s fueled by an insatiable urge to play with anyone who happens to be around.
I never discriminate and I’ll mingle with anyone, no matter your age, size, gender, or number of legs. And there’s a wide range of activities I can engage in, too, what with being a highly skilled climber, agile jumper, and an amazing swimmer. Read more about the Abyssinian.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #4. Singapura
I am a pint-sized bundle bursting with energy. Not shy at all, I’ll jump and pounce my way into the center of all household affairs where all eyes will be – and will remain – focused on me. I’ll even appoint myself the official greeter of the household and climb atop laps and ask for shoulder rides from guests who stop by.
I simply love attention! And I’ll do anything for it, which is why I’ve been dubbed the ‘pesky people cat.’ Pesky, I may be, but I’m also unbelievably lovable. Read more about the Singapura.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #5. Siamese
I am a straight up extrovert who loves to mingle and be right where the action is. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing – you can bet I’ll there, making myself a part of any activity you’re up to.
And I’m no quiet participant, either – in fact, I’m one of the chattiest cats ever, with valuable opinions on every matter under the sun. But as loud and demanding as I can be, I’m also unabashedly affectionate and tirelessly sociable, which makes me a real pleasure to have around. Read more about the Siamese.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #6. Somali
I’ve got tons of energy. And I like to spend it on my humans so expect me to be real close by all the time. That’s ’cause I live to be the center of your attention and if I have to work to get it, that’s fine with me. I take an active approach to relationships, anyway – constantly initiating games and playtime with anyone who’s interested.
Admittedly, my energetic playfulness can be a handful but my good-natured, sociable nature makes me worth the trouble. Just keep in mind that I thrive on attention and don’t take kindly to sharing the limelight with other pets. Read more about the Somali.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #7. Bombay
Jet black and beautiful, I am nowhere near as mysterious as my looks suggest. In fact, I’m an open book – wide open to giving and receiving as much lovin’ affection to and from every living being on earth. Both my humans and strangers are okay with me!
I crave affection like a fat kid craves cake and I’ll follow my humans all around in order to get my fill of love, snuggles, and belly rubs. Of course, if you want to put me on a leash and take me out to mingle with the world, I’m game for that, too! Read more about the Bombay.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #8. Ragdoll
My name gives me away. I am every bit as big, fluffy, and easy-going as a ragdoll. Built for affection, I’ll even go limp when you pick me up – which I’ll let you do even if you’re a total stranger.
I’ll put up with a lot if it means getting more attention – I’m just friendly like that, ‘though my sociability rarely gets annoying. At most, I’ll follow you from room to room, making sure to stay within petting distance. Read more about the Ragdoll.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #9. Birman
With my royal good looks, is it any wonder I was worshipped in temples throughout Burma? But my beauty is more than fur-deep – I am one of the sweetest, most sociable cats in existence but unlike most good-natured felines, I am neither lethargic nor aloof.
You see, I am all for being noticed, played with, and showered with attention, be it from humans or other pets. Just remember that my highly sociable nature makes it hard for me to be alone and get me a feline friend or cat-friendly dog if you plan to be out a lot. Read more about the Birman.
The Friendliest Cat Breed #10. Exotic Shorthair
Love the easy-going, affectionate disposition of the Persian but crave a kitty with more playful action? Then I’m purrfect for you, since I possess all the gentle devotion of the Persian but with an active, playful edge. I even come with a shorter coat, which means you can spend more time playing with – rather than grooming – me.
But unlike the other friendly felines on this list, I tend to shy away from noisy, bustling activity so I may not be so sociable toward groups of strangers. As for those nearest and dearest to my heart, however, I’ll follow all around the house for hugs and cuddles. Read more about the Exotic Shorthair.