The most affectionate cat breeds

Cats are often considered to be less loving than dogs due to their subtle body language and independent nature. While it is generally true that dogs have more obvious ways of showing their affection, some cat breeds are known for their affectionate personality and need for companionship.

This handy guide looks at the top ten most affectionate cat breeds for those seeking a cuddly companion.


These cats are considered ‘puppy cats’ because they have dog-like traits, including wanting to play and cuddle with their owner. They are known for their silky fur and laid-back personality. In fact, Ragdolls are so easy-going and loving that they will allow a child to carry them around like a doll, going limp when they are picked up. While some cat breeds like to explore the house and get into mischief, Ragdolls like to stay close to their family at all times.


The Persian is a placid breed that is prone to bursts of kitten-like energy. They like to stretch out next to their owner, sleep in their family’s beds and sit on their laps when they are in a relaxed mood. They adore their owners and are friendly towards strangers, preferring to be picked up and held. Persians are renowned for their laidback and tendency to show their affection by purring loudly.


The Abyssinian is an affectionate and playful companion cat that loves to interact with people. Their curious and intelligent personality means that they need a lot of attention and affection from their owner. Abyssinians are also capable of picking up dog-like commands, like coming when they are called and fetching toys. As they are social cats that thrive in company, they are best suited to homes with other cats or stay-at-home families.

Maine Coon

Maine Coons are very affectionate and love receiving attention from their owners. It is not uncommon for them to greet their owner once they get home and they are friendly towards guests. Their calm and laid back nature means they are not too demanding, but they do enjoy following their owners from one room to another. Maine Coons are known for their large size and double layer of long hair, earning them their gentle giant reputation.


Burmese are often considered to be the most affectionate cat breed. They love being with people at all times and crave close physical contact, making them the ultimate companion cat for a devoted family. They will follow their owner from room to room and prefer to cuddle up on the sofa or sleep in bed with them. However, their intelligent and strong will means that they can be stubborn at times.


Although this unique cat might not appeal to all families, they make loving, affectionate and attention-seeking companions. They are generally considered to be one of the most dog-like breeds as they hate being alone and crave companionship, choosing to follow their family around the house and be involved in every activity. Their hairless coat means they seek the warmth of their owner’s lap and bed to stay cosy.

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is a medium-sized cat with a playful, demanding and affectionate personality. These companionable cats love to be involved in everything their owners do and typically climb to the highest point in the house to keep an eye on what their family gets up to. They are excellent with children, other pets and strangers alike, preferring to be touched and held wherever possible.

Scottish Fold

Instantly recognised by their folding forward ears, the Scottish Fold is an affectionate and gentle companion breed that gets along with both children and other pets. They are lovable, friendly and gentle, craving companionship and attention from their owner. There is nothing they enjoy doing more than spending time with their family and participating in any activity they are doing.


Like the Persian, Himalayans are placid cats that are prone to bursts of kitten-like energy. They adore their owners but generally often only show affection when they are in the mood, by stretching out next to their owner, sleeping in their bed and relaxing on their lap. They are generally friendly with everyone but their quiet and gentle disposition means they can get nervous around strangers.


Siamese cats are known for their friendly, sociable and affectionate nature. They are a loving and trusting breed that will often bond strongly with their family. Their playful and energetic temperament means they need plenty of stimulation to stay entertained and can be trained to walk on a lead. However, they are demanding so are best suited to devoted owners with plenty of time to dedicate to their feline friend.

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