The 13 Best Cat Breeds for First-Time Owners – Affectionate Pet Cats

Calling All Aspiring Cat Ladies: These Are the Best Cat Breeds With the Sweetest Personalities

Don’t believe what you’ve read—some kitties are really cuddly.

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BY SAMANTHA GRINDELL
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Despite the fact that cats are—by far—the most popular pet in the world (true story, there are more than 80 million of those furballs scampering around this planet), our feline friends get a lot of bad press. Haters assume that cats are selfish and unfriendly and won’t give their owners as much love or affection as dogs are known to do. What an injustice! Allow me to change your mind.

This wrong-headed assumption is rooted in the belief that cats don’t enjoy the company of humans. And while, yes, some cats can be loners and maybe even a little bit grouchy, there are actually a ton of breeds that love (and even thrive on!) human attention. I mean, according to Scientific American, cats literally taught themselves to meow in a certain pitch so that, in an effort to get humans to care for them, they sound like babies! That (a) is pretty dang smart and (b) shows that cats actually kinda want to spend time with us? Cool, not tryna be a cat fangirl, moving on.

If you’re thinking about getting a cat—which I assume you are because, hey, you’re here—why not choose an easygoing breed that’s known for happily living indoors? Set yourself up for success, ya know? If you ask me, all cats are created equal, but in the spirit of service journalism, I’ve researched the 15 best cat breeds that are, thanks to their calm demeanors and cuddly personalities, purrrfect for both first-time pet owners and seasoned cat ladies.

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Ragdolls

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Ragdolls are popular pets because they like humans a whole lot—so much so that they often follow their owners around the house from morning till night. If you’re looking for a 15-pound semi-long-haired BFF who’s stuck to you like glue, this could be your cat soul mate. By the way, Taylor Swift’s latest addition to her ever-growing cat fam is a Ragdoll, so you know it’s a legit breed.

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Maine Coons

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Maine coons are well-known for their big size (the most famous among them have clocked in at 30 pounds!), but the reason they’re such a popular house cat breed is because of their friendly personalities. People sometimes compare Maine coons to dogs because they’re so sociable—they love to play and join you in whatever you’re doing. My family had a Maine coon, and he once followed me into the SHOWER. So if you want a cat that doesn’t need a lot of attention, I wouldn’t recommend a Maine coon. Think of them as a quieter puppy you won’t have to walk every day.

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American Shorthairs

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American shorthairs have long lifespans, so they’re a popular choice among families who want to give their kids a pet to grow up with. (I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.) They’re also known to be super sweet with kids and dogs (!!!), so they could be an especially good fit for you if you already have babies (of the human or the furry variety!) in your life. I almost forgot to mention—these guys are pretty low maintenance, too, meaning you won’t have to brush them very often. Translation: They’re fluffy lil angels.

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Scottish Folds

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Depending on how much of a Swiftie you are, you might already be familiar with the ~elite cat breed~ known as Scottish fold. They get their name from their folded ears, and their large eyes give them a pretty distinct look. Scottish fold is a medium-size breed (9 to 13 pounds), and they’re, like, obsessed with their owners. They live for human affection, and they’re not spooked by loud noises, which means they’re a good fit if you live in a big city.

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Somali

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These kitties have a distinctive ombré fur that comes in four gorgeous shades. Somali thrive when they have a dependable person who pays a lot of attention to them, and they love to play as much as they’re here to cuddle. They’re also super-smart cats, so don’t be surprised if they find a way to get the catnip down from the top shelf when you’re at work.

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Persians

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Persian cats are so cute, they look like freakin’ stuffed animals but they’re REAL. They’re *the most* popular cat breed, both because of how beautiful they are and also thanks to their sweet personalities. Sometimes it takes Persians a bit of time to warm up to a new environment, but once they settle down a bit, they’ll be super comfortable in your home, even if you live in a more chaotic area. You do have to brush them often, but it’s worth it.

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Abyssinians

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Yes, Abyssinians are pretty, but don’t be so shallow! These kitties are popular because they’re geniuses. Abyssinians are super smart, and they’re one of the oldest cat breeds in the world. One important detail: Abyssinians aren’t the most cuddly cat breed. They do like human companionship, but they show it simply by being near you rather than on top of you.

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Birmans

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A Birman is easy to spot by its distinctive blue eyes as well as its sweet brown nose. They come in a variety of colors, but they’re all born white—they develop different-hued fur as they grow up. Birmans are really sweet and quiet, and they can get along with pretty much anyone. A very low-maintenance cat breed.

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Exotic Shorthairs

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Exotics look a bit like Persian cats, but their hair is shorter. Plus, their little faces are slightly more squished, which just adds to the overall cuteness. Exotics are a playful breed and will want to chase strings and whatnot for hours when they’re young. But when they get older, they’ll settle into a relaxed personality. They’ll age with you!

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Bengals

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Bengals are a great fit for dog moms looking to expand the fam. They aren’t bothered by pups, kids, or loud environments, as long as you introduce them to new things gently. They’re really playful too, acting like kittens even when they get older. And Bengals basically look like miniature cheetahs, so you’ll feel super stylish bringing one home.

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Oriental Shorthairs

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Orientals can be a bit of a nuisance to their owners, but only because they’ll love you sooo much. They’re the type of cat that will lie on your laptop while you’re trying to get work done, climb on the counter when you’re in the middle of cooking dinner, and mew at the door if you lock them out while you take a shower. But they can be really rewarding animals and will satisfy your need for companionship. Orientals are more than happy to be lap cats, so scoop one up if you’re looking for a kitty that will stick by your side no matter what.

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Devon Rex

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The Devon rex breed is frequently compared to dogs, as they want to be with their humans always—just like a puppy. They’ll follow you everywhere, but they don’t need much attention. Devons just want to be part of whatever you’re doing—they even get bummed out if they’re left alone for too long! These guys max out at around 9 pounds, so they’re a good choice if you live in a small space.

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British Shorthairs

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British shorthairs are fluffy perfection, and they embody the ideal balance between social and independent. They like to play with adults and children, but they don’t love to be carried around. A British shorthair will sit on your lap when they feel like it, but you can’t force the love on them. You’re probably most familiar with their blue-gray coats, but they can also be tabby or even colorpoint

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