8 friendliest cat breeds want all the cuddles and scratches

this giant cat breed is a softy despite being nine to 18 pounds. Their high-pitched, soft meow is unexpected for such a large fur ball.

The Burmese, a beautiful southeast Asian cat, is a superb lap cat. These sociable, compact, stocky cat types love snuggling and let their humans know when they seek attention.

Siamese cats are friendly, despite their wicked reputation in Lady and the Tramp. Expert and communicator Libby Brittain calls Siamese cats "inquisitive and intelligent."

Despite being called "the miniature panther," these black beauties are more friends than predators. In fact, Washburn calls them "gorgeous creatures that are often great with kids."


These fluffy white cats are Bond villains' pets. However, Persians are one of the nicest cat species and adore being held and petted, disproving the bad-guy stereotype.

Exotic Shorthairs are Persian-American Shorthair hybrids. Thus, they resemble Persians in appearance and behavior. Their short coats require less care than long-haired cat varieties like the Persian

This tawny orange cat breed is perfect for a quirky, playful cat with a terrific personality. According to Dr. Barrack, the Abyssinian "loves activities, is super playful and loves people of ALL ages—young kids included," and is noisy.

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