Cats often have a reputation for being independent and aloof—in fact, this may keep many people from adopting them. While these traits are certainly accurate for some cats (and people too!), at Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert, we want to help change this common misconception. You may be surprised at how social and affectionate some breeds can be. Here is our list of six of the friendliest cat breeds: 

1. Maine Coon

These cats are typically large and have long, thick fur. They are as cute as they are friendly! Maine Coon cats make excellent companions, and they are good pets for families with small children. They are highly affectionate—always up for a good snuggle, and they have a very social personality. Their curiosity will have them following you around everywhere. They require regular brushing to prevent matted fur, but this will give the two of you more time to bond!

2. Siamese

Siamese cats are highly intelligent, mischievous, and very vocal. They will always let you know what they think! Not only are they beautiful cats, they are also very loving. They require a great deal of social interaction in the form of stimulating play and lots of affection, but this will be rewarded with a strong bond. 

3. Ragdoll 

This large cat breed is very docile, sweet, and quiet. Ragdolls are ideal for families with children or for people looking for a loving, low-maintenance pet. Much like a doll, they like to be held, snuggled, and carried wherever you go. Ragdolls follow their humans around the house, greet them at the door, and even like to play fetch—you might almost think you got a dog! These cats need plenty of interactive play to ensure that they get adequate exercise. 

4. American Shorthair

One of the most common pets in North America, this breed is the quintessential “housecat.” American Shorthairs have distinct coats in a wide array of colors. They are extremely adaptable, making them a great choice for families with young kids or people who move a lot. They love attention and snuggling, but don’t demand it. They are content to lay in the sun when you need to focus on something else. 

5. Scottish Fold

This unique breed is known for its ears—a random genetic mutation happened naturally that caused their ears to fold forward. But their ears aren’t the only thing that sets them apart. Scottish Fold cats are exceptionally affectionate and social. They don’t like being left alone, so if you work long days or travel frequently, it may not be a good fit. But if you have time to give her the love and attention this cat needs, she will be a devoted companion.

6. Sphynx 

These completely hairless cats get cold easily so they love a warm, cozy lap. Sphynx cats are very social, active, and devoted to their humans. They love to be the center of attention and are very talkative. Some might think they look moody, but personalities are actually far from that—unless you disturb their slumber. They are friendly with children and other pets—they love snuggling up to a warm, furry friend. 

Cat Care in Gilbert

Is your cat on our list of friendliest cat breeds? Let us know if you think your cat should make the list! At Anasazi Animal Clinic, we love cats of all kinds. Bring yours in for an annual wellness check. For tips on reducing the stress of getting your cat to the vet, check out this blog post. We look forward to seeing your cat, whether she’s friendly or shy! 



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