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8 cat breeds with the friendliest personalities

Every cat lover knows the stereotype: Cats are aloof, indifferent, and moody. But there are some breeds that are known in the animal-loving community for being more social and affectionate. These are the cat breeds that experts say make the friendliest pets.

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1. Maine Coon
1. Maine Coon
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There’s a reason these cats have the nickname “gentle giants.” While larger than the average cat - they usually range in size from nine to 18 pounds - experts note that they tend to be big softies.

Their meow is a high-pitched, light sound, often surprising to hear coming from such a massive fur ball.

These friendly cat breeds also generally get along great with humans and other cats alike, making them ideal choices for multi-pet households.

“[Maine Coons’] sweet natures and playful silliness are a delight to have around,” says Patricia Washburn, author of Self-Care for Cats (And Their Humans).

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Despite their size, these gentle giants are generally loyal, well-tempered and good-natured creatures.

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