Cats get a bad rap for being aloof and uncaring, but as any kitty lover will tell you, that’s simply not true.
They may not be as in-your-face with their affection as most dogs are, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love you and enjoy spending time with you. They’re just more reserved about how they show their love.
However, if you really want a cat that will be more demonstrative about their affection, the breeds on this list all love kisses, cuddles, and pettings. In fact, most of them insist on it, so don’t be surprised if
“cat lover” becomes as much of a job description for you as it is a personality trait.
Ragdolls aren’t cats so much as they are sentient rugs. These adorable little felines get their name from the fact that they go limp when picked up, whereas many other breeds will struggle or fight with you if they don’t feel like being loved on at the time.
The Ragdoll is perfectly happy being plucked off the ground and set in your lap for hours of affection and are often known as the most cuddly cat breed. They’re great pets for first-time cat owners or those who aren’t necessarily sold on the idea of having a cat, as they provide unlimited love with few of the typical behaviors that non-cat lovers find off-putting.
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To be fair, Sphynx may just seek out your lap because they don’t have any hair and you’re warm. Does it really matter why they’re cuddling with you, though?
Beyond seeking out affection, Sphynx enjoy entertaining their owners. They’re likely to want to play with you or just spend time around you, so don’t be surprised if your cat turns into a Velcro pet overnight. Plus, there’s no shedding to worry about!
Persians are extremely graceful cats and they exude nobility. They’re also lazy, so they may just be cuddling with you because it’s too much work to find a spot other than your lap to curl up in.
These cats aren’t as active as many other breeds, so they’re the perfect pets for anyone who enjoys a serene atmosphere. They also won’t take “no” for an answer when they decide that it’s time for petting, so be prepared to be completely at your cat’s beck and call.
Siamese cats are close cousins to Persians, so it makes sense that both breeds would be on this list. They’re often depicted as being almost cloyingly sweet — rubbing up against everyone they come across, for example. Just be careful not to trip over them, because they will figure-eight in between your legs as you walk.
5. Scottish Folds
It’s a good thing that Scottish Folds are so receptive to affection, because as cute as they are, they’re bound to get picked up and loved all the time. These cats love to play as much as snuggle, and they don’t like to be away from their humans.
They’re truly world-class cuddlers too. Be aware, though, that they’ll contort themselves into all sorts of weird positions in your lap. You may worry that your cat’s broken — but no, that’s just a Scottish Fold being a Scottish Fold.
Ragamuffins are offshoots of Ragdolls, so it’s no surprise to find them on this list. They’re some of the friendliest, most outgoing cats around, and they don’t discriminate based on breed. You’re as likely to find your Ragamuffin curled up with the family dog as you are to find them in your own lap.
Ragamuffins are notorious for laying in your lap for hours at a time — but when they decide that snuggle time is over, it’s over. At that point, they’ll insist on playtime, and they won’t let you turn them down.
While it’s always fun to just snuggle in silence, sometimes you need someone to talk to — and Tonkinese cats are never at a loss for words. In fact, you may find it harder to shut them up than to draw them out of their shell.
They love to play as much as cuddle, so don’t be surprised if they want to play fetch before climbing into your lap. Once they’re situated, though, they’re in it for the long haul — and they don’t have any qualms about talking over the TV.
If you judge the quality of the snuggles by the force with which they’re applied, then the Burmese might be the cat for you. These felines are known for their squat, heavy bodies, and you’ll definitely feel it when they burrow into your lap for the night, which is why they are on our list of most cuddly cat breeds.
These cats don’t much enjoy being left alone, so they’ll likely glue themselves to your side for as long as you’re home. They also retain their kitten-like personalities well into adulthood, ensuring that you want to snuggle them as much as they want to snuggle you.
9. Maine Coons
These are giants of the cat world, regularly tipping the scales at over 20 pounds, but they don’t let their massive stature stop them from taking over your lap. They’re not quite as clingy as some of the other breeds on this list, so you’ll truly treasure the moments when they decide to cuddle with you. Truth be told, you’ll also treasure the moments when they get up, because they are not lightweight cats.
Birmans are meek and withdrawn, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love affection. It just means they won’t be as forward about seeking it out as some of the other breeds on this list.
Most Birmans will lay down next to you on the couch and wait for you to make the next move. If you pick them up and hold them in your arms, they’ll respond with purrs and cuddles. Don’t leave them home alone too long, though, because they don’t tolerate solitude well.
This is the most controversial entry on this list. Bombays are like little panthers — for better and for worse. That means that while they love to cuddle, sometimes their cuddles can be quite painful.
These cats love to roughhouse, and they’re not as delicate as many other breeds. Once they decide that it’s snuggle time, though, you won’t have much say in the matter.
Pick the Perfect Cuddle Partner for You
If you have the need for extra affection, any of the cat breeds on this list can make fantastic snuggle partners. These lovable felines enjoy quality time with their humans just as much as chasing after feathers or digging into primo catnip.
Just be aware of what you’re getting into, though, because once you bring one of these cats home, your lap will never truly be your own ever again.
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