Cats are often lumped into a stereotype of being standoffish, anti-social, or, let’s face it, just plain mean. Of course, feline owners know that the bad reputation couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, some of the friendliest cat breeds are just as loyal and affectionate as dogs (if not more so).
According to the experts at Vetstreet, each of the cuties listed below ranks high in affection and friendliness with kids, dogs, and strangers — making them among the most amiable animals you can bring home to your family. That said, every furbaby has their own distinct personality and quirks just like us humans. It’s really all about making that connection with your kitty, after all. So even if you don’t see your own cat’s breed listed, we’re sure they’re still total sweethearts.
Take a look to see the friendliest cat breeds that are full of love:
1. Maine Coon Cat
These gentle giants can grow up to weigh anywhere between 9 to 18 pounds, making them seem basically a hybrid between dogs and cats on size alone. That will feel even more true while they follow you around the house just to make sure they always know what you’re up to. They also love playing fetch!
2. Siamese Cat
Those piercing blue eyes might seem icy, but they’re filled with pure affection! VetStreet claims this beautiful breed “has passion for his people” and “will involve himself in everything they are doing.” If you’re looking for a constant companion, this is the breed for you.
3. Ragdoll Cat
Just like their oh-so-floofy outside, this breed’s personality is soft and sweet. They’re especially good with kids and might even be patient enough to play dress-up with them like their “doll” name suggests.
4. Chartreux Cat
Don’t be surprised if you notice this silky breed swiftly make themselves comfortable on your lap as soon as you sit down. They really can’t help themselves! VetStreet calls them “highly affectionate” animals who basically stick to their owners like a shadow.
5. Burmese Cat
Burmese are another great choice for families looking for a pet that likes to play with kids. The outgoing breed just loves to be the center of attention!
6. Sphynx Cat
This one will probably surprise a few people who assume the hairless breeds are less friendly, but they’ll prove you wrong soon after meeting one. They won’t even shy away from strangers, so count on them on being a plus one at all your gatherings.
7. Devon Rex Cat
Although VetStreet points out this breed isn’t technically hypoallergenic like their reputation claims (no cat is!), they are hyper-friendly. They apparently make great travel companions and might frequently try to hitch a ride on your shoulders.
8. Bombay Cat
By now, we hope everyone knows that black cats are the opposite of bad luck. This gorgeous sleek breed will be the first to greet new visitors, snuggle with kids, hang out with dogs and other cats, and might even let you leash-train them for a walk around the neighborhood to meet even more friends.