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Cats That Are Most Affectionate

Here, you’ll find nine cat breeds, that are affectionate and friendly with new people.

Most cats are trusting anyway, but the following cats are “everybody’s darlings”. They will approach new people with friendly curiosity. Sometimes, they might even sit on their lap for a few minutes or have a little play. The complete list is to be found at the end of this article.

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Some cats like to hide as soon as a stranger comes into the house. They look for somewhere they feel safe and hidden. This is mostly a corner or crevice where nobody can get close. There are also cats that aren’t shy, so don’t “run” as soon as someone enters the room, but still seem non-plussed and refuse to move from their seat.


The list of not so trusting cat breeds is considerably shorter. Basically only the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Persian, the Russian Blue and the Turkish Van are really considered shy.

How to Gain a Cat's Trust

It’s not always a matter of breed. Shy cats may have had bad experiences that made them scared. They do warm over time with plenty of love and patience, but probably won’t be as out-going as other cats. You could simply call them wary.

If you’ve only had your cat for a short time, here are a couple of tips for you. It might sound strange but it’s sometimes better to keep the cat in a small, quiet room to begin with (like the guest bedroom). There are so many new things to smell and inspect that it takes time to get used to a new place. Once the cat feels safe in this environment, it will be ready to explore other rooms with curiosity and confidence.

Talk in a gentle, quiet voice and don’t try to stroke the cat against its will: wait until it comes to you. Treats are a great way to make friends with a new cat and take away its wariness of you.

Cats That Are Most Affectionate:

Although they don’t (yet) have their own factsheets, the following can also be included: American Bobtail, Bombay, Cornish Rex, Oriental Long-Haired (Javanese) and the Ocicat (related to the ocelot).