Cats are the rulers for cuteness. But you will agree that finding the right one to have at home, from the best cat breeds is really troublesome. I am here to rescue you. Let’s begin.
If you are lonely at your single apartment and need a companion, then why not adopt a pet? Cat is one of the most preferred pets in the world and there are several cat breeds that are available in the market today. Cat lovers must know that the most popular cat breed is the Maine Coon, which is known to be the largest domesticated cat breed in the world.
Of all the cats American Shorthair and the Persian are very common, however, there are some rarest of cat breeds that still exist. These are the Peterbald, Ojos Azules, Kurilian Bobtail, Sokoke, Serengeti, Napoleon, Burmilla, and Minskin. Here are the 20 best cat breeds including Maine Coon cat that can be adopted for companionship, cuddling or any other possible reasons that you may have in your life.
1. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is available in small to medium size with males weighing from 8 to 10 pounds while the weight of female Devon rex is 5 to 8 pounds. It is shorthaired and also is available in white, black, cream, lavender, cinnamon, and fawn with various patterns and shadings. This particular cat breed is also called poodle due to its curly coat. Devon rex has large eyes and can be an extraordinary family cat.
The Devon rex emerged in England during the late 1950s and they are also known to have slender bodies, wavy coat, and large ears. If you want to teach this cat breed tricks like that you had done with any other pet, then let me tell you that it would be a difficult task as Devon rex are quite difficult to motivate.
2. Cornish Rex
While we have already given you a hint on the cat breed Devon Rex, Cornish Rex is almost similar to that of Devon rex. It is also a curly-coated domestic breed of cat, which was originated in Cornwall and England. This cat breed has a similar coat to that of the Devon Rex i.e. short and curly but no guard hair.
Cornish Rex cat breed has a friendly nature and family with children might opt to adopt this cat breed in particular as they are good with children and also other cat familiar pets. Cornish Rex is quiet, outgoing, and very active and loves to get attention. They are simply great companions.
3. British Shorthair
This cat breed dates back to the first century AD and is known to be one of the most ancient cats in the world. British shorthair is a powerful large cat that has a large head with a broad cheek. Its coat defines its features as it has a dense coat but no undercoat. This breed is available in many different colors and is also called shorthair cats.
4. Exotic Shorthair
This cat breed is a perfect lap cat and is too cute to be ignored when it’s around. This particular cat breed has a Short and thick neck, rounded forehead with a broad skull. Exotic Shorthair in its name defines its features. It is a dense, fluffy, erect Shorthaired breed however slighter longer than other short-haired cat breeds. Exotic shorthair is known for its calm nature and it shows more love, affection, and loyalty to its owners.
5. Persian cats
The Persian cat is a longhaired cat breed that was initially imported from Italy in 1620. This cat breed has a round face and short muzzle and also goes by the name Persian longhair, Iranian cats in the middle east and is also called Shirazi cat in Iran. A Persian cat is particularly known for its good qualities such as for cleanliness. Persian cats are also easy to be handled and taken care of. They are known to be social and friendly.
6. Ragdoll cats
This particular cat breed makes an extraordinary family pet. Ragdoll cats must stay indoors and can get along with children and other household pets that are familiar with cats. Ragdolls are taken outside on a leash for a very short period of time only. They are poor hunters and when they tend to, they fail.
They are known to be the most dependent among all cat breeds that need affection, attention, and care. It is also one of the largest cat breeds among domestic cats. Ragdoll originated in the United States in the 1960s and remains one of the most popular cat breeds today. They are also perfect lap cats that can give you warmth during winters.
7. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold is a healthy domestic cat. It is thought to have originated in Scotland and is also quite expensive in the market. They are unusually loving companions and have a good reputation. However, this particular cat breed has some hereditary health problems such as Osteochondrodysplasia.
This is an abnormality that affects the cartilage and bone development in the cat. Other diseases like Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and Cardiomyopathy, which is a form of heart disease are common in this particular cat breed.
8. Oriental Cat
This particular cat breed is a domestic cat that is Shorthaired. They are also known to be called Oriental Shorthair. This cat breed is available in a wide range of coat colors and patterns from having green to blue eyes. Their average weight is between 8 and 14 lbs. Their life span is between 12 to 15 years. Oriental cats are highly intelligent and also have their own desires. They are loving, affectionate cat that requires attention from her owners.
The Sphynx is known for its outgoing and friendly behavior and is a hairless cat breed. This breed of cat loves to climb and be up on higher altitude places. They are active and have features that are part of a cat, part of a dog and part of a monkey. They are bald and don’t have fur on their bodies. It is also said that Sphynx cats produce ear wax due to the lack of its hair. They need regular cleaning as they are prone to oiliness.
10. American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is a domestic cat breed that has a friendly and gentle nature. Reportedly, this cat breed by Cat Fancier’s Association, in the year 2012 declared the 7th most popular pedigreed cat in the US. They are excellent family pets for children and households because of their calm affectionate and also easy-going temperament.
This particular cat breed can be left indoors for a longer time as they can tolerate being alone. Hence, if you want to go to a late-night party with your friends, you need not worry about your cat at all.
11. Maine Coon cat
Coon cat breed is the most popular in the world. It is one of the most ancient natural cat breeds that still exists today. They are large in size and weighs around 9 to 18 pounds. Maine Coon is also called Maine Shag, American Longhair, American Coon Cat and also American Forest Cat.
12. Burmese cat
This breed of cat has short hair and it has a sweet, friendly behavior. Burmese cats are playful and are extremely affectionate. They are good with children and other pets and are known to be a perfect family cat. However, they can’t be left alone for a longer duration as they can get lonely, so in case you want to go out for the longer duration, then consider getting two at a time to get each other company.
This particular cat breed has Shorthair. History has it that Burmilla was an accidental breed. However, this cat breed is cross of the Chinchilla Persian and also Burmese breeds, which has got the nature of both i.e. being calm, friendly, sweet-natured. This cat breed can get along with children and also other pets very well.
They are shorthaired cat breed with playful, friendly, easygoing nature. This particular cat can win over a non-cat lover as well. Just like the Burmese cat breed, this cat has a similar temperament. These cats are gentle, sweet and also lovable. They are also known to be the smallest cat breed, which has a blunt tail. They are also called Drain cats and Love cats.
15. Russian Blues
This breed of cat is shorthaired and is quiet but inquisitive. They are available in light shimmering to darker colors with a dense coat. Their coat needs to be brushed at least once or twice a week. Russian Blue has a gentle and loving personality, they are playful, however, not overly active and can be a great addition to the family.
16. Abyssinian cat
This cat breed is one of the oldest cat breeds that has lived till date. Abyssinian cat is known for its intelligence and energy. Abyssinian cat thrives on human companionship and also has a dog-like nature. They are considered to be a great family cat as they are quite easy to be taken care of.
The Tonkinese cat is a hybrid of Siamese and Burmese cats. It has the best qualities of both breeds. They are known to share the personality traits of their parents as they are curious confident and also playful like them. It is easy for the owner to take care of its Tonkinese cat.
The Bengal cat is known for its sweet nature. This domestic cat is cross of the Asian Leopard cat with domestic cats from which it got its wild-look. They are known to be very intelligent, energetic and active cats. They are very playful and love games such as fetching and pouncing on a wand toy or chasing toy mice. If a cat owner wants to teach Bangal tricks, then they would pick up new tricks very quickly. Bengal cats have a distinctive meow and are also vocal.
19. Egyptian Mau
This cat breed is thought to have originated from the African Wildcat. Egyptian Mau is known for its intelligence, playful, lively, active nature. They thrive for human attention and are extremely athletic. These cats can get along with other pets, children and are known to be a great domestic cat. They are talkative and also fond of wagging their tail when they are happy.
This particular cat breed is also known as the ‘Scared cat of Burma’ or Scared Birman. These have deep blue eyes and have a longhaired silky coat. They are intelligent just like Abyssinians and also make a good companion to families with kids. They enjoy the company of other pets and can’t be left alone for a longer time.
So if you want to adopt a cat that is active, energetic, playful and so on, research thoroughly before making a decision. We have already given you information regarding some of the best cat breeds in our article. However, visiting cat shows and meeting cat breeders can help you get the best cat companion. Also, don’t forget to get pet insurance done. To know more about further cat-related topics, keep following our website.
Thanks for this information, Trishna. I’m in the stage of deciding what perfect cat to buy for my child!