Did you know that most of us choose our purrfect pet companions which complement our own personalities best? Is your heart set on a cuddly Ragdoll or a fun-loving Abyssinian? Luckily for us, cats are all charmingly different and uniquely purrfect in their own rightful ways. In light of the feline peculiarity, cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for certain features and traits. If you're looking for an energetic cat that will bring tons of laughter and spark into your home, here are the top 10 most playful cat breeds of all time!
The Abyssinian cat is a peculiar breed that, thanks to its unique, ticked coat, is often said to resemble the wild cats found all over North America. These gorgeous, energetic cats are impressive athletes of sharp minds and charming personalities. Abys are not laid-back, cuddly cats. These cats are climbers, hunters and jumpers. They thrive in environments where they can explore and climb trees or simply enjoy a good play with their hoomans and fellow cat friends. Among its numerous other nicknames, this cat is also often referred to as “the clown” of the cat-world because of its playful and mischievous personality.
The Japanese Bobtail is often seen as one of the most playful cat breeds. This is because it is a friendly, affectionate and quiet cat with a playful and energetic spirit This is an ancient cat breed that was originally gifted to the emperor of Japan over 1000 years ago. The most distinctive feature of the Bobtail is a short, pom-pom tail, making it one of the rare cat breeds with a naturally occurring stubby tail that isn’t associated with skeletal disorders. Japanese Bobtails are known for the love of fetching, running and jumping. If you want a cat that will love playing fetch or soccer with you, then the Bobtail may be just the right kitty for you!
Ever wonder who the royal feline of the cat world may be? The Siamese, of course! The Siamese cat has enjoyed this luxurious and royal status for centuries. The outgoing, chatty kitten is famous for its remarkable baby blue eyes, strikingly large ears, and sleek, muscular body. The Siamese are very affectionate and smart cats, with distinct outgoing nature. They seek and enjoy the companionship of humans and other cats. They will often strongly bond with their favorite human. These kitties are very vocal and will demand your attention with a loud, low-pitched voice. This adorable characteristic in the roots of their common nickname – Meezer.
If you’re looking for a cuddly cat that will purr and snuggle its days away in your lap – then don’t get a Bengal! These Miniature Leopards, although very friendly, are exceptionally energetic and curious, agile, intelligent and constantly on the move. Their eye-catching, luxurious appearance and exceptionally funny personality make them for some of the coolest and most exotic companions we could ever dream of. The Bengal is a joyful kitty that will fill your home with laughter, lots of playing and some mischief. Don’t expect this kitty to purr by your feet for too long, with a Bengal you are in for an adventurous and exciting ride!
5. Maine Coon
Tipping scales at almost 20 lbs., the Maine Coon is said to be one of the heaviest cat breeds out there. This strong, athletic cat of valuable hunting skills is gentle-mannered, friendly and highly intelligent. Such a unique combination of features led to their affectionate nickname “the gentle giant”. Maine Coon is adored for its playful dog-like nature. They are loyal and obedient, but never clingy. They often learn many tricks, walk on the leash and are known to be one of the few “water-loving cats”. Because of their wonderful personality, they get along very well with kids and other pets. Related: If you’ve ever wondered why some cats are terrified of the water, please read our article Myth Busted: Are Cats Really Hydrophobic?.
6. Devon Rex
The Devon Rex is an unusual cat breed known for its large eyes and curly coat. Their most prominent features are their bright, wide-set eyes and large ears. Theirunusual appearance gives the Devon Rex the nickname of Pixie cat. Mischievous, playful and intelligent, these lovable kitties will never get tired of getting into trouble. But maybe an adorable, curly and cheerful trouble-maker is the one thing your happy home has been missing this entire time!
The Munchkin cats are speedy little bundles best known for its small body size and short legs. The characteristically short legs are determined with the “munchkin gene” – gene “M”. Because this gene is dominant, but only heterozygous forms are viable, in the litter of the Munchkin kittens we can usually find both short-legged and normal-legged (non-standard) variants. Although Munchkin comes in a small package, don’t let its adorable size fool you. These cats are brave, confident and intelligent. They will explore every corner and win every heart over. Munchkins are very sociable, friendly and playful. Their curiosity never fades away and they always seem to be on the run for new games and mischiefs. They get along with children and other pets very well.
Originating on the Isle of Man, the Manx is a cat breed that carries a naturally occurring mutation which shortens their tail. Many Manx have a small stub of a tail, or are entirely tailless. They come in all coat colors and patterns and can be both short and long haired. They are said to be social, tame and active. The Manx is generally very attached to hoomans, but can be shy in front of strangers. They are very intelligent and their playful nature is sometimes compared to that of a puppy. They’re highly trainable and will often follow their favorite hoomans just like a puppy would. How precious?! An old local term for the cats on their home island is stubbin.
The Siberian cat, the Russian national animal, is considered to be an ancient cat and the ancestor of all modern long-haired cats. They are characterized by a luxurious, dense and long coat with comes in several colors and patterns including tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and color-point. Known as the exceptional jumpers, the Siberians are strong and powerfully-built cats with large and rounded paws. They are friendly, social, brave and strong, whilst remaining easygoing and affectionate. Did you know that some hoomans claim that these cats can sense when someone is in a need for moral support and will keep company to the respective person? These playful and intelligent kitties will enjoy playing and training with you on a daily basis.
10. Turkish Angora
Turkish Angora is an ancient, natural breed from Turkey. It is thought that this breed is the true origin of the mutations for white coat color and long hair in domestic cats. Turkish Angoras have long, posh and silky coat and their bodies are agile and graceful. Turkish Angoras are happy, playful and intelligent little companions. They are curious and they love to be involved in the everyday activities of their humans. They often bond with one person the most, and can become very protective of them. They are energetic, love to climb, play and hunt. They are highly trainable too, and get along well with children and other pets.
Other cat breeds known for their remarkably fun-loving personalities are also Turkish Van, Burmese, Scottish Fold, Tonkinese, Siberian, Cornish Rex, Ocicat, and more often than not, our beloved Polycat. Would you like to contribute to our list? Send us your feedback on Social Media, we’d love to give it a read!
Did you know that some cat breeds are also famous for their charmingly chatty personalities too? Oh yas! Check out our countdown list: Meow! Who’s the Chattiest Kitty? if you’re tempted to learn more.