How could you not fall in love with a cat after looking at pictures of some of the fluffiest cat breeds around the world? We aren’t shaming dog-lovers; we love them too. But there’s no better way to persuade an avid dog-person into warming to the sight of some extra-floofy kitties.
I’m a firm believer that the fluffier a cat is, the more perfect it is for snuggling. Sure, they may have some more extensive grooming habits, but you don’t know what you’re missing until you lay eyes on some of these balls of fur. If you love long-haired cats as much as we do, you might want to prepare to bring one of these fluffy cat breeds home with you.
Top 14 Fluffy Cat Breeds:
1. Maine Coon
Maine Coons are some of the most distinguished-looking cats. They have prominent mouths and thick, fluffy fur to keep them warm. This is an American breed that had to adapt to cold winters in the New England region. They were first recognized in the state of Maine, even though their true ancestorial origins aren’t known. Maine Coons are big, furry cats with some of the friendliest cat temperaments out there.
A big, fluffy snowball is the first thing that comes to mind whenever anyone talks about Persian cats. This breed has been favored by royalty for centuries. They are stunning with thick, luxurious coats, and they all love to be pampered.
3. Norwegian Forest Cat
This old breed comes from Norway and has appeared in Norwegian fairy tales for thousands of years. They are large, friendly cats with long, thick coats. These are a popular breed and are better suited to colder areas. They do shed a lot, so be prepared for plenty of brushing.
Ragdolls have some of the cutest faces and most affectionate personalities. These beauties are surprisingly laidback and a great family pet. They are also intelligent, and many owners report teaching them how to sit and play fetch.
Could you imagine coming from Siberia without a thick coat to keep you warm? These cats are incredibly tough, with their history dating back to 1,000 A.D. Siberian cats are powerful, intelligent animals that are known to get into some mischief here and there.
Himalayan cats were crossed between Persian and Siamese breeds. They have large eyes, small ears, and beautiful coats that come in shades of chocolate, blue, tortoiseshell, cream, and other patterns. Even though they always love their families, they aren’t keen on strangers in the house.
The Ragamuffin breed shares a lot of similarities to the Ragdoll. They have long hair that requires brushing at least once a week. They are also intelligent like their cousins and can follow many basic commands.
As relatives of the short-haired Abyssinian, these cats have a muscular physique hiding under all that thick fur. These cats require a lot of exercise and grooming. They are fairly social and get along with mostly anybody who comes around.
Birmans are the perfect cat if you want one that prefers to be by your side all day long. They are an affectionate and sensitive breed with a beautiful coat to match.
10. Turkish Van
A Turkish Van is a unique cat because they don’t only tolerate water but enjoy spending time in it. They have been nicknamed the swimming cat. Their thick, waterproof coat protects them from cold temperatures and keeps their bodies from getting drenched. These cats also have large eyes, often with one green and one blue.
11. Highland Fold
You’d know a Highland Fold cat if you saw one. Highland Folds have ears that fold forward and long, fuzzy hairs. They are active cats that love to roam outside but are also great for keeping as a family companion. They require more brushings than other breeds. Comb them twice per week to keep the coat from matting.
12. Turkish Angora
Some of the best things come in small packages. The Turkish Angora is a small cat breed with medium hair. Although their coats aren’t as long, there is plenty of volume to them. These cats are almost all white with striking eyes. On top of weekly brushings, they also benefit from a bath every few months.
13. British Shorthair
Another fluffy cat breed is the British Shorthair. These cats shed quite a bit and are happiest when left to the confines of their family home. They are affectionate towards other animals and humans but don’t usually like strangers very much.
14. Exotic Shorthair
If they didn’t have a shorter coat, it would be hard to tell the difference between an Exotic Shorthair and a Persian cat. This is a lively breed, though they also spend a lot of time curled up next to their loved ones. They aren’t ideal if you’ve got small children or dogs running around because of their impatience but they’re still cute to look at and a perfect option for someone who’s single.
Final Thoughts on Fluffy Cats
The biggest downside to owning a long-haired cat is that they require an extra brushing every week or so. Despite this, these floofy breeds are some of the sweetest, most affectionate cat breeds that families love to have living in their homes. If you’re extra lucky, they may even expose their precious underbelly to you and let you rub your hands through all their long belly fur.
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