Cats as a whole aren't generally a go-getter type of animal. Give them a sunbeam-lit spot on the floor or a cozy section of the couch, and most of the time, they're content to settle in for a nap session. Still, there are certain cat breeds that are known for being lazy, even by feline standards, and that's something to keep in mind if you're looking to bring a new fur companion into the family.
"As far as cats go, damn near every one of them is lazy, in my opinion!" jokes veterinarian Jodi Holcomb Oliver, DVM, owner of the Traveling Paws, LLC, veterinary service in Sabillasville, MD. "Breeds have been developed to produce cats with a variety of traits, and that includes their activity level," adds Jennifer Coates, DVM, vet expert for the pet supply company Chewy.
Some specific cat breeds are more playful and high-energy than others. These are great for owners who have lots of time to devote to playing with their pet and who don't mind a cat who loves to climb, explore, and follow its people around everywhere. Other families, on the other hand, may find that a mellower and less active kitty is a better fit for their household; a rambunctious cat might pose a tripping hazard for an elderly relative, or intimidate a shy child. A low-energy cat is also nice for working parents, or for anyone who wants a lot of cuddle time with their pet.
The three cat breeds below are among those cited by our vet experts as being the most laid-back. "Of course, individuality also plays a role, so a particular cat from a traditionally active breed might be quite sedentary, and vice versa," says Dr. Coates. As with any pet, take some time to talk to the breeder or shelter about your family's lifestyle and preferences to make sure you're getting the cat that's right for you.