10 Healthiest Cat Breeds

| Published on March 11, 2015

Although cats have less hereditary health problems than dogs do, they can and do still fall victim to certain ailments. There isn’t much research available determining which breeds are the healthiest, but after some searching we’ve complied this list of relatively healthy cat breeds. So if you’re looking for a feline friend with little health concerns, check out this list.

#1 – Ragamuffin


Ragamuffins are related to the Ragdoll and share the same docile temperament that gives them their tendency to go limp when picked up. They are very affectionate, easily handled and make excellent family companions.

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#2 – American Shorthair


The American Shorthair is considered “America’s cat,” as it was created there and originated from the cats that first came to the United States. The American Shorthair was first recognized as a breed back in 1906.

#3 – Egyptian Mau


This unique breed may not be from Egypt at all, but it is the only domestic breed to have a naturally spotted coat. An active cat, they enjoy spending time with their families but are relatively shy towards strangers.

#4 – Russian Blue


Known for its beautiful blue coat, the Russian Blue is a naturally created breed, meaning humans didn’t work hard to get the looks and temperament that the breed maintains. That said, breeders did start working towards a standardized breed in the late 1800s.

#5 – British Shorthair


Just like its American cousin, the British Shorthair is England’s most popular cat since it originated there. The Cheshire Cat and Puss in Boots were both British Shorthairs. The breed is mellow and easy-going, making it an excellent family companion.

#6 – Bombay


The stunning Bombay is a very active and affectionate breed, but is calm enough to make a great companion for those living in apartments. Although it was named after the famous port in India, the breed has no connection to the country.

#7 – Singapura


The Singapura is a tiny cat that comes from Singapore and has maintained its exotic look and personality. They are very affectionate cats that are known for their desire to interact with their family and strangers alike.

#8 – Havana Brown


The rare Havana Brown actually has no relation to Cuba and has a heritage going back to the Siamese cat. They are affectionate, very vocal and demanding. The breed thoroughly enjoys toys, but will be perfectly happy to cuddle in your lap as well.

#9 – Korat


The Korat comes from Thailand and is a very affectionate breed that will follow their owners wherever they go. In fact, the Korat does not do well when left alone for extending periods as they are a very social breed.

#10 – Turkish Van


The beautiful Turkish Van is known for its love of water, as the breed can be found playing in the sink or bathtub. The breed’s thick coat comes from its natural development in the mountainous regions of Turkey.

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