7 Cat Breeds That Are Very Independent

| Published on October 16, 2015

All cats are thought of as independent, especially when compared to dogs. While every cat has his own personality, some breeds tend to be more independent than others. If you are looking for a cat that will only solicit attention at meal times, or won’t mind you being at work all day, check out these 9 independent feline breeds.

#1 – Japanese Bobtail

A highly active cat, the Japanese Bobtail has too much to do and see to sit on your lap for anything but short amounts of time. They adore children and are fine alone provided you have lots of things for them to do and explore. A catified house suites them to a “T”.

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#2 – Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest likes attention, but on his terms. He will decide when to get on and off your lap – not you. Otherwise, he’s more comfortable on a perch of his choosing.

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#3 – American Wirehair

Very tolerant with children, the Wirehair is a fun breed to have around. While they can be a lap cat, most prefer to sit near you, instead of on you. They are intelligent with lots of hunting instincts, so a stimulating environment will entertain him.

Image source: "American Wirehair - CFF cat show Heinola 2008-05-04 IMG 8721" by Heikki Siltala - http://www.heikkisiltala.com/galleries/20080504heinola/0071.html. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons

#4 – Ocicat

The cat was bred to look like wildcats with spectacular spotting and coloration. Although dog-like in playfulness, the Ocicat is also undemanding – they aren’t going to cling to you or expect 24/7 attention.

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#5 – Kurilian Bobtail

The Kurilian is an interesting breed. TICA (The International Cat Association) notes that they are “independent and highly intelligent,” but will also sit on your lap or in your bed. Dur to their cleverness, they learn rules quickly but, TICA warns, “it is up to the individual cat to carry out their own will according to their mood.”

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#6 – Savannah

While not a lap cat, the Savannah does like attention, as long as she can set the terms. They may follow you from room to room, but will also entertain themselves.

Image source: @will.wade via Flickr
Image source: @will.wade via Flickr

#7 – Siamese

There is something about the Siamese that “speaks” to many cat fanciers. Their svelte lines, pretty markings and, of course, the cat talk! Known for talking more than snuggling, this breed can entertain itself for hours as long as you give it something to do – and let him tell you about it afterward.


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