For any cat lover, cats can end up becoming more than just an animal – they make amazing house pets, become our loyal friends, or even our family. While most cats are furry and soft, some of us prefer fluffy cats! For those of you who are looking for a particularly fluffy cat breed and want to enjoy their company in addition to their fur, check out our list of the following breeds.
Fluffy Cats: 10 Of The Fluffiest Breeds You Need To See!
1. The Norwegian or Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian, or Norwegian Forest Cat, is known for its big, long, and thick fur which allows it to withstand the cold climate of Scandinavian countries, but also for its particularly imposing size and weight! Indeed, the Norwegian kitty can weigh up to twice as heavy as other breeds of cats. Traditionally rustic, the Norwegian appreciates living outdoors and is a particularly skilled hunter, even with prey much larger than him. But he also knows how to be sociable, calm, and playful indoors.
Intelligent and balanced, these fluffy cats are very pleasant to live with.
The Norwegian takes its name from Norsk Skogkatt, or Northern Forest Cat, from its region of origin. Although the breed is ancient, it is not mentioned in official documents until the end of the 17th century. Its export was initially prohibited and the breed experienced degeneration due to excessive crossbreeding before genuinely rebuilding itself in the 1970s.
2. The Cymric
The Cymric is native to the Isle of Man, like the Manx, the tailless cat of which he is the long-haired version. The Cymric has a very thick coat with thick undercoats, but its fur is particularly soft and silky. Very sociable, these fluffy cats appreciate the company and like to play with the children, as with other animals and even places their trust in unknown humans. Active, this cat needs space to spend time socializing as he fears loneliness.
The Cymric is the result of the crossing of two Manx cats carrying the long-haired gene, hence the strong resemblance to its cousin. Numerous crosses with cats from the Isle of Man, located between England and Ireland, gave birth to these tailless cats. The Manx remains rare, but the Cymric is even more so.
3. Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora is known for its elegance, flexibility, and soft, light, and fluffy fur. Its feathery white hair, its full tail, its slender silhouette, and the long coat that never forms a knot make it a precious and rare cat. Its musculature is strong, but its body remains slender and graceful and its legs long and slender.
If the Turkish Angora had the reputation of being an aggressive cat before, today we find him very affectionate, playful, and devoted to his family. Sociable, cheerful, lively, and pleasant, he is unfortunately still little known in Europe.
The Turkish Angora takes its name from Angora, the ancient city of Ankara, Turkey. It was imported into Europe in the 17th century by the Italians and the French before conquering other countries. Its success is explained by the fact that Europeans discovered with wonder the first breed of long-haired and white cats.
4. The Himalayan Cat
The Himalayan, also known as the Persian Colourpoint, is appreciated for their magnificent blue eyes and unparalleled beauty of fur coats. However, its fur is very fragile and needs constant care so as not to lose its shine or its softness. The Himalayan is the result of a cross between Siamese, whose calm and peaceful character these furry cats have inherited, and Persian cats, whose agility and dynamism he has retained. Handsome, he is affectionate and needs a lot of attention to be fully happy.
The Himalayan was designed in 1947, during a research program carried out in Great Britain and the United States. It is the result of a cross between a Siamese with mid-length hair and a blue and black Persian. It was not recognized as a full-fledged breed in England until 1955 and in the United States in 1957. Original detail such as its name Himalayan comes from a breed of domestic rabbits that bears the same colors.
5. The British Longhair
The British Longhair is a stocky cat with soft and voluminous fur, which gives him a very pleasant bear side. Particularly calm, he appreciates living in a house or apartment and resting there in peace. Social, devoted, and loyal, this very relaxed cat appreciates the contact of children and the caresses, but he does not like being carried in the arms.
Originally from England, the British Longhair is the cousin of the British Shorthair or Highland Straight. It would have been born from the crossing of a Shorthair and a Persian operated after the First World War in order to preserve the race of the Shorthair, almost decimated during the clashes. The mixture then gave this version of a long-haired cat, less appreciated in its beginnings. Rarer than the Shorthair, the Longhair has made a place for itself in hearts and homes.
6. The Maine Coon
Increasingly famous and sought after, the Maine Coon is a cat with long, silky soft fur known for its very large size. Impressive and confident, he can reach 14 kg, without being overweight! Nicknamed the “gentle giant”, he is an excellent hunter and an ideal companion who loves water!
Independent, but sociable, these furry cats are very popular as they enjoy the company of all ages and the great outdoors.
The Maine Coon would be the result of crosses between wild cats from the forests of the northeastern United States and the first Angora cats to arrive in the territory with the English colonists. The Maine Coon was the first cat defined as a breed in this country and it was exhibited as early as 1860. It is only in recent years that this big cat has managed to meet with success; he had until then been eclipsed by other more elegant and fashionable breeds. Today, it is sought after by many individuals who appreciate its original aesthetics.
7. Persian Chinchilla
The Persian Chinchilla is valued for its beautiful white fur with very long hair. This tomcat loves to be pampered and his coat needs special attention and care. Gentle, homey, calm, relatively lazy, and sometimes temperamental and precious, these furry cats know how to be attentive and appreciate signs of affection.
The Persian Chinchilla would have been born in England in 1880, from the crossing of a Persian Smoke and a Silver tabby. Formerly named Silver Lambkin, he was adopted by Princess Victoria who made him famous across the UK. The royal pet’s fame earned him to be embalmed after his death in the Natural History Museum in London.
8. The Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is reminiscent of the Himalayan. Its bright and supplied fur is very soft and silky. Its name Ragdoll, or rag doll, comes from the fact that when hugged it completely lets go and becomes as soft as a rag doll. This calm, homey and quiet cat enjoys naps and indoor life. But he is also very fond of hugs and hugs and he easily gives his trust.
The Ragdoll was born in the 1960s in California from the cross between a blue-eyed Persian Angora cat and a Persian Blackie. The kittens born from the first litter were particularly docile and kind. Their ability to relax like rag dolls greatly amused their breeder, who gave them the original name of Ragdoll. Four Ragdolls were introduced to Europe in 1981 and they officially settled in France in 1986.
9. The Siberian Cat
The Siberian cat is known for its unique, three-layered coat that requires a lot of maintenance. The Siberian cat also has the distinction of being a perfectly adoptable cat by people with allergy, because it secretes less Fel D1 protein which causes seizures. Playful and loyal, the Siberian is an ideal companion.
The first description of the Siberian cat dates back to 1925, in the Caucasus. It is thought to be the result of a cross between a domestic cat imported by Russian settlers in Siberia and the wild cat from the Urals and central Siberia. It was not until 1989 that it was imported into Germany before massively invading Europe and being as, if not more, appreciated than the Maine Coon.
10. The Sacred of Burma or Birman
Last but not least of these fluffy cats is the Sacred of Birman. This cat is famous for its great beauty. Its long cream or white fur and its elegant white-gloved paws are as attractive as its large, deep blue eyes reminiscent of those of the Siamese.
The cat is a cross between Siamese and Persian in the 1920s, and is perfect for families, especially with children.
This cat is an affectionate and cuddly cat who likes to reach out to people. He is docile, easy-going, and not very talkative (unlike the Siamese!). His size, coat, and blue eyes make him an elegant cat with a lot of presence.
The Birman is an active and playful cat while being very affectionate, gentle, calm, and sociable. Ideal in the company of children, he adapts very quickly to all environments and he likes to have company.
The Sacred of Burma is, as it suggests, originally from Burma. This animal, long considered sacred, lived in the temples without being able to leave them. An American billionaire succeeded in bringing back a couple and thus making it known in the West.