Imagine this: You crash on the couch after a stressful day at the
office, and your cat leaps into your lap, purring contentedly.
And you discover that a little cuddle time is all it takes for you to begin to relax.
If you’ve known only cats who were a bit distant, this behavior may seem out of character. But there are cat breeds that are known for enjoying snuggling more than others. Sure, every cat is different, so we can’t guarantee your particular feline will be super affectionate, but here are 10 lap cat breeds worth checking out.
The Persian is typically the definition of “lap cat.” He wears a silky and glamorous coat that’s perfect for petting and is usually
happiest when he’s curled up in his favorite human’s lap. And while he’s in
your lap, you may want to give him a good brushing: His long fur can be prone to
mats and tangles.
There’s a reason this breed is called the "Ragdoll": He’ll
often go limp with pleasure when he’s cuddling in your arms. And when he’s not
in your arms or on your lap, you’ll likely find him at your feet or sitting by
Although he’s usually a little livelier than the easygoing
Persian, the Exotic Shorthair also appreciates quality cuddling time with his
family. But he might not be willing to jump into a lap belonging to someone he
doesn’t know. Exotics sometimes take a little while to warm up to strangers.
The charming Burmese usually knows what he wants and how to
get it. And what he usually wants is you! When the attention-loving breed isn’t
sitting in your lap, he’s probably following you around the house. Just
don’t get too mesmerized by his hypnotic golden eyes, or you’ll find yourself giving in to his every
The Sphynx usually wants to be as close to his people as
possible — not just to snuggle, but also for warmth. Don’t be surprised to find
this hairless cat bundled under the covers or basking in a sunny window.
A rare breed that hails from France, the cuddly Chartreux will
probably be willing to join in on your Netflix binges — as long as he gets to lounge in your
Like his Persian relatives, the affectionate Himmy usually
loves to cuddle. And when he’s not in your lap, you’ll probably find him
serenely reclining on a sofa or sitting atop the fridge.
You’ll be surprised to hear that the Ragamuffin isn’t made
of Velcro: This breed tends to follow his favorite humans wherever they go. And
like his Ragdoll cousin, cuddling usually ranks high on his list of favorite
There are two places the Tonkinese often prefers to spend
his time: your lap and your shoulder. That’s right, if he can’t curl up with
you on the couch, he’ll probably try to hitch a ride on your shoulder. Go ahead and give in to his demands — there’s no resisting those
stunning blue eyes.
You may think the Maine Coon is too big for your lap, but we
think he’s just the right size. The 9-to-18-pound breed usually appreciates a
good snuggle session.