The phrase “friendly cat” might seem like an oxymoron, but surprisingly, not all cats are aloof and wary of strangers. If dogs just aren’t for you, then check out the friendly cat breeds below. These felines are known to be sweet, affectionate and sociable. 

Scottish Fold

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The Scottish Fold got its name from its obvious features — folded ears and bobtail. Among the cat breeds, they seem to have youth on their side, with their eternal kitten looks, round face, and big eyes. For sure, these cats will steal your heart and melt you all over from the minute you meet.

Looking for a cat that you can travel with? Scottish Folds are well-adjusted and easily adaptable to new environments. They’re also good around strangers and love to interact in play. And like a dog, Scottish Folds are also trainable and responsive.

Maine Coon

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Maine Coons are known to be big and fluffy. They’re also intelligent and friendly. They’re among the big cat breeds, and may appear to be a mix between a cat and a raccoon. But definitely, these gentle giants are 100% cat. The combination might be a bit unsettling, but no need to worry since it’s scientifically impossible. These big cats are sociable and friendly enough to get along with other animals and strangers. So if you have a busy household with children and frequent visitors, they’d fit right in.

Persian

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Among cat breeds, Persians are the ultimate lap cats! They’re the cats that come to mind whenever “luxury” comes up. And why shouldn’t they? Their skin and fur coats demand attention and care nothing short of chic! Their pictures are incomplete without lounging on velvet chairs and basking in a pool of diamonds!

A Persian cat’s peace of heaven is its owner’s lap. That’s why they’re on you you while you work, eat, or play video games. In turn, owners enjoy the comfort and company of a soft, purring pillow. Since they’re quiet and low-energy pets, you don’t have to worry about home’s tranquil state when you’d be away. Based on their temperament, Persians are better off with adult owners than with children.

Exotic Shorthair

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In terms of looks, the Exotic Shorthair is a short-hair version of the Persian, without the long flowing coat. With their smushed faces and big, set-apart eyes, they have one of the most expressive faces among the cat breeds. So almost all of the time, they look as if feigning skepticism, anxiety or even sarcasm.

But their so-called expressiveness is what makes them very endearing. And they’re even more adorable by their sweet, affectionate and playful personality. They’ll greet you at the door and are just happy to see you around. And they’ll gladly lie on your stomach while you lose yourself in the pages of a book or watch movies through the weekend.

Sphinx

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On an episode of the hit TV series Friends, a few people freaked over the hairless cat Rachel brought home. Joey kept insisting, “It’s not a cat!” Monica thought the skinless, headless whole chicken on the dining table was the same cat. Even Rachel herself quipped that her cat “looks like a hand!”

Admittedly, the Sphinx may look un-catlike as being among the hairless cat breeds. But with their genetic lack of fur coating, they certainly make up for it with their temperament, intelligence and playfulness. They are among the most loving and friendly cats. They’ll sleep on your lap while you watch TV, snuggle up with you at night, and greet you at the door after work. They are gentle, easy-going, and good with kids, dogs, and other cats.

Choosing a Sphinx for a pet also means committing. They thrive in being given constant attention and affection, and don’t like being left alone. On a lighter note, a good show of affection would be cat outfits out of fleece that they can wear and snuggle into, especially during the cold winter months.

So which among the listed cat breeds purred you to consider getting one? Leave a comment below!

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