10 Lap Cat Breeds We Love

Imagine this: You crash on the couch after a stressful day at the office, and your cat leaps into your lap, purring contentedly. And you discover that a little cuddle time is all it takes for you to begin to relax.

If you've known only cats who were a bit distant, this behavior may seem out of character. But there are cat breeds that are known for enjoying snuggling more than others. Sure, every cat is different, so we can't guarantee your particular feline will be super affectionate, but here are 10 lap cat breeds worth checking out.

Lap Cat Breeds

Persian cats

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The Persian is typically the definition of “lap cat.” He wears a silky and glamorous coat that’s perfect for petting and is usually happiest when he’s curled up in his favorite human’s lap. And while he’s in your lap, you may want to give him a good brushing: His long fur can be prone to mats and tangles.

Ragdoll Laying on Carpet

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There’s a reason this breed is called the "Ragdoll": He’ll often go limp with pleasure when he’s cuddling in your arms. And when he’s not in your arms or on your lap, you’ll likely find him at your feet or sitting by your side.

Exotic Shorthair Red Tabby

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Exotic Shorthair

Although he’s usually a little livelier than the easygoing Persian, the Exotic Shorthair also appreciates quality cuddling time with his family. But he might not be willing to jump into a lap belonging to someone he doesn’t know. Exotics sometimes take a little while to warm up to strangers.

Three Burmese Cats on Purple Background

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The charming Burmese usually knows what he wants and how to get it. And what he usually wants is you! When the attention-loving breed isn’t sitting in your lap, he’s probably following you around the house. Just don’t get too mesmerized by his hypnotic golden eyes, or you’ll find yourself giving in to his every demand.

Sphynx cat breed

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The Sphynx usually wants to be as close to his people as possible — not just to snuggle, but also for warmth. Don’t be surprised to find this hairless cat bundled under the covers or basking in a sunny window.

Chartreux cat breed

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A rare breed that hails from France, the cuddly Chartreux will probably be willing to join in on your Netflix binges — as long as he gets to lounge in your lap.

Himalayan Cat Laying Down

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Like his Persian relatives, the affectionate Himmy usually loves to cuddle. And when he’s not in your lap, you’ll probably find him serenely reclining on a sofa or sitting atop the fridge.

Ragamuffin cat breed

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You’ll be surprised to hear that the Ragamuffin isn’t made of Velcro: This breed tends to follow his favorite humans wherever they go. And like his Ragdoll cousin, cuddling usually ranks high on his list of favorite activities.

Tonkinese cat breed

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There are two places the Tonkinese often prefers to spend his time: your lap and your shoulder. That’s right, if he can’t curl up with you on the couch, he’ll probably try to hitch a ride on your shoulder. Go ahead and give in to his demands — there’s no resisting those stunning blue eyes.

Orange Maine Coon in Basket

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Maine Coon

You may think the Maine Coon is too big for your lap, but we think he’s just the right size. The 9-to-18-pound breed usually appreciates a good snuggle session.

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