These cats are reputed to be very affectionate, in the sense that they willingly show their attachment and are particularly fond of being petted.
All cats are affectionate. They are all attached to their owners and show it to them. Only, the manifestations of tenderness and affection are more frequent and more intense in some. This is a trait of character found in breeds such as the Maine Coon or the Burmese, for example.
These cats are, in general, very demonstrative when they want to show their love to their owners and other members of their families. These felines also tend to ask for more caresses and cuddles from their owners. Some even enjoy being carried in their arms.
Often, the procedure for asking for cuddles is the same: the cat approaches its owner with its tail straight, rubs itself against him or even against a piece of furniture, then lies down in front of him as a sign of waiting for a cuddle.
Here are 10 breeds of affectionate cats, if you wish to adopt one and orient yourself towards this particular type of character…
1. The Bombay
The Bombay is the fruit of the crossing between the American Burmese and the Short hair. It is recognized in particular by its beautiful short, satiny and jet black coat, if we strictly adhere to the LOOF standard (Official Book of Feline Origins).
As far as character is concerned, the Bombay is a very affectionate cat and often needs to be cuddled. He is also sensitive and does not like solitude at all. Sociable, he gets along rather well with children and other animals. One also appreciates his discretion, since he rarely meows. All in all, he is an easy-going and tender companion who will thrive in an active and loving home.
2. The Burmese
The Burmese is also one of the cats that know how to show their emotional personality to their families, and more specifically to their owners. Whether American or English, the Burmese is also known to be very calm and delicate, while being curious, playful and lively.
If you plan to adopt one, you should know that, while he can adapt to life in an apartment, he still needs to satisfy his natural curiosity and express his hunting instincts by venturing outdoors. Nevertheless, he is perfectly adapted to family life since he loves being in the company of his master and the rest of the family. Proof of his affection, he needs to be surrounded permanently, as he can hardly stand solitude. A need for attention that translates into cuddling sessions and games that will make the whole family happy.
3. The Exotic
The Exotic Short hair is, like its cousin the Persian, a flat-faced (or brachycephalic) cat. However, the Exotic Short hair differs from the Persian by its greater liveliness, as well as by its slightly longer coat.
It is a cat that meows very little and often shows affection to its owner. Adorable and endearing, it likes comfort and its tranquility. He is never reluctant to exchange with his fellow cats and animals in general. Very patient, he easily adapts to the presence of children. The important thing for him is to be able to stay by his master’s side. Whether he is active or not, it doesn’t matter, what he likes is the well-being he feels with his owner.
4. The Havana Brown
Affectionate, the Havana Brown? The word is weak. This cat is a concentrate of tenderness, but this character trait can sometimes tend to the extreme. Some will even say that he can be sticky.
For the rest, descendant of the Siamese and thus originating from Thailand, the Havana Brown is either American or English type. It largely prefers the calm and comfort of the home to the hustle and bustle of the outdoors. Very observant, it is less active than other cats, but still playful. He loves to play with the whole family, but he only has eyes for his master.
5. The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a true giant of gentleness and affection. He prefers caresses to sports activities. Don’t count on him to spend his days running and climbing.
On the other hand, you can expect tons of hugs, or rather give him hugs, because he is very fond of them. He will communicate with you a lot by meowing and even cooing. He is also very demonstrative with his master to whom he is very attached. In addition, he is very sociable and easy to live with the rest of the family.
6. The Manx
The great physical particularity of the Manx, a breed native to the Isle of Man (located between England and Ireland), is its almost non-existent tail. The only exception on this point is the longy variety.
Very attached to its master, the Manx is even able to be protective towards him in front of individuals he does not know. It is perfect for family life and very attaching. Its loyalty and regular demonstrations of love towards its master will be the proof of it. His natural sociability goes well with other dogs or even children.
7. Persian cat
In addition to its flat nose, the Persian is also characterized by its calm, discreet and docile temperament. It is a medium sized cat that does not like to be pushed around, nor does it like to be disturbed.
It requires a lot of attention on a daily basis. He also needs quality care, both in terms of grooming, because of his long coat, and in terms of his health, because brachycephaly can cause him breathing difficulties. Unlike those previously mentioned, he likes to be cuddled in reasonable quantities. People who are too insistent can disturb his peace and quiet. He only needs his master to feel comfortable.
8. The Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is a cat that adapts to all lifestyles. It is not the type to go out frequently, preferring to stay at home and receive the caresses of its owner. Extremely patient, never aggressive and rarely meows, it is an excellent companion for the whole family, especially children with whom it likes to play and show its tenderness. Beware, if he is very affectionate, he hates solitude.
He also likes to be held in your arms. You will see that he will be relaxed as soon as you carry him.
9. The Scottish Fold
The particularity of the Scottish Fold on a physical level is its small ears, slightly bent forward.
As far as character is concerned, this cat, a cousin of the British Short hair, is reputed to be calm, attentive, gentle and affectionate. Its lack of aggressiveness and its adaptability are also very appreciated. He often asks for caresses from his owner, but also from other members of the family.
He gets along very well with other animals and children. They are very sociable, constantly seeking companionship and do not enjoy being alone at home.
10. The Siamese
The Siamese has the reputation of being a capricious cat, with a fluctuating temperament. But when he wants to show his affection, he doesn’t go with the back of the spoon. He is very close to his master. Like the Manx, it does not hesitate to take the defense of its owner if it considers that the latter is threatened. It is very attached to its master and does not hesitate to follow him everywhere.
Very intelligent and sensitive, the Siamese gets along with children, for whom he is a pleasant companion if they have learned to respect him.