It’s hard to decide which cat breeds are the friendliest, since most cats are friendly, regardless of breed. But there are some that are more apt to welcome strangers than others, so we’ve focused on the cat breeds that seem to enjoy meeting new people and spend less alone time than their feline cousins. Every cat is an individual, but these breeds typically offer cats that are quite the social butterflies.
#1 – Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is aptly named for its tendency to go limp when picked up, which makes them a great cat for those looking for a heavy cuddler. Ragdolls are incredibly social cats, always wanting to be by their owners side and often seen as a nuisance to visitors that don’t like cats! They are very sweet, gentle and beautiful cats that are good for people of all ages.
#2 – Somali
The Somali is a very intelligent and active cat breed and its playfulness can often seem a little overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t friendly. In fact, many Somali cats are known to enjoy games of fetch where they bring toys back to their owners like a dog. They are active but thrive on attention from their human companions.
#3 – Siamese
The Siamese is the extrovert of the cat world, always wanting to be by their owner’s side. This breed is also known for its vocalization – they will let you know where they are and demand attention when they want it! Siamese are very fun cats to be around and enjoy being the life of the party.
#4 – Sphynx
Despite their odd hairless appearance, the Sphynx is actually a wonderful social cat. In fact, they are known to be just as friendly towards strangers as they are towards their known family. Sphynx will greet you when you come home, offer gentle affection and demand attention when you aren’t giving enough.
#5 – Burmese
Burmese are also known for their interest in interacting with family and stranger alike. In fact, Burmese will quickly try to make friends when new people come to visit them. The breed is even known to enjoy the company of dogs. These cats are extremely social and want to be involved in whatever is happening.
#6 – Exotic Shorthair
Exotic Shorthairs have the affectionate personality of their Persian cousins but the playfulness of their American Shorthair ancestors. Although they do shy away from a lot of noise and commotion, they are the perfect cat for the quiet owner. They enjoy sleeping by your side or in your lap as much as possible.
#7 – Abyssinian
The Abyssinian is well-known for its extroverted personality. In fact, the cats are some of the most intelligent and playful domesticated felines around. They don’t care who you are or where you’re from, Abyssinians will play with anyone! They love being around people whether they’re a loyal family member or a brand new stranger.
#8 – Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is the gentle giant of the cat world and are one of the largest domestic cat breeds in existence. Along with their physical size, their hearts and personalities are just as big. Maine Coons are very social cats that are also known to be quite the lap cat. They can be quite clownish in play and enjoy spending time with their families.