Cats that are a good lap cat

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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, red / orange, lilac, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Blending some of the best, rarest traits from the Siamese and the American shorthair, snowshoe cats are beautiful, devoted family companions.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, good lap cat
Nebelungs are beautiful, loving, loyal cats who thrive on stability and routine.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American bobtails are known for their wild appearance and short bobbed tails. These cats make loving, loyal, and playful pets. Learn more about owning an American bobtail.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Regal in bearing and possessing a stunning, shimmering blue coat, the Korat is a gorgeous, affectionate “good luck cat” for most households.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, color point, tabby
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat
The American curl is best known for the ears that give the breed their name. But on top of this adorably unique head feature, these are friendly, sweet family pets.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: hairless, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat
Similar in size and appearance to the sphynx or Oriental shorthair, the Peterbald cat is a newer breed of Russian origin with a unique coat and devoted family disposition. Learn more about this hairless cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short, long
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Prized for its unusual curly coat, the Selkirk Rex cat is one of only four breeds of cat with wavy fur. This curly-haired cat has a warm, loving disposition and comes in both short- and long-haired versions.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, prone to health issues, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The Tonkinese is a mix of the Siamese and Burmese cat breeds and has a loving, affectionate personality. Learn more about sharing your home with a pretty, playful Tonkinese.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, white, black / ebony, red / orange, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, friendly toward humans, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Devon rex cats are known as “poodle cats,” thanks to their wavy coats and intelligent, outgoing personalities. Learn more about owning a Devon rex cat.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
European shorthair cats are adaptable, friendly, people-pleasing pets who love to hunt and spend time with their pet parents. Learn more about the European shorthair cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Siamese cats are social, affectionate, clever animals who make loving and loyal pets. Described as being "dog-like," these kitties mesh well into most families.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, hairless, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
LaPerm cats are known for their curly coats, friendly personalities and loud, proud purring. Learn more about living with the loving LaPerm cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: seniors, children, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
British Longhair cats are loyal, loving pets with sweet faces and relaxed attitudes. Learn more about life with this friendly, fluffy cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sweet tempered and loving, Persian cats are famous for their long, flowing coats and round, pansy-like faces. Find out everything you need to know about the Persian cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: hairless
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sphynx cats are famous for their (nearly) nude appearance, but there is so much more to these charming, intelligent, and affectionate cats. Learn more about living with a sphynx.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Ragdoll cats are gentle, loving companion pets who get along great with children. Learn more about this gorgeous, gentle breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Siberian cats are lovable and loyal family companions who get along well with children and other pets. Learn more about this rugged Russian cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Want a panther, but also enjoy both of your arms? The Bombay cat breed is the kitty for you!
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Scottish fold cats make great, affectionate pets that thrive on human interaction without being too demanding for your constant attention. They have a charmingly unique appearance due to their ear carriage, round heads and eyes, and thick legs and tail.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Himalayans combine the luxurious coat of a Persian with the flashy coloring of a Siamese. Although he’s a mid-sized cat, the Himalayan looks larger than he is because of his fluffy, long coat.