1. Maine Coon
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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A majestic-looking feline originally from southeast Asia, the Burmese is a great choice if you want a cat that’ll cuddle up in your lap.
Relatively small in size but often stocky, these friendly cat breeds love curling up for a snuggle, and they have no problem letting their humans know when they want attention.
“Burmese cats are exceptionally affectionate,” says Bruce Silverman, VMD, a practicing vet at Chicago’s Village West Veterinary.
“This has actually been very consistent with the Burmese during their vet visits.”
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They may be villainous, scheming characters in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, but don’t let that fool you – Siamese cats are truly kind kitties!
Animal expert and communicator Libby Brittain praises Siamese cats as “inquisitive and intelligent.”
Aloof, these cats are not—they’re known as one of the most curious breeds, if not the most curious, and often take interest in what their humans are up to.
One thing that Brittain notes, though, is that Siamese are one of the most vocal cat breeds, so much so that “you can carry on a conversation” with them.
While some cat owners love that, others might prefer a less noisy pet.
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