Does your favourite cat like you back?


An infographic of different cat breeds popularity vs. their sociability toward humans


With a sometimes difficult-to-read demeanour, have you ever wondered what cats are really thinking? Do they prefer to be left alone most of the time or do they secretly love physical affection and attention from humans? While each cat has its own preferences, their breed might influence how many cuddles they want from their owners. To put your wondering at ease, we did the research* to figure out which popular cats might be more independent and which underrated cats want your attention! Find out which is the most affectionate cat breed and which cats might need a little more alone time than you think. 

Sometimes overlooked but want all the love

Some of the most affectionate cat breeds are also unfortunately some of the most underrated ones. Balinese cats, Orientals, Angoras, and Neva Masquerade cats are some of the friendliest cat breeds. If you’re on the lookout for a pet that loves a cuddle, look no further! 

Underrated and independent

Next, we have cats that are also on the lower end of the popularity spectrum, perhaps because of their more solitary personalities. They would make great furry companions for anyone who loves a more independent cat. These include Bengals, Turkish Van cats, Ocicats, and European shorthairs. Keep in mind that just because a cat wants more alone time, doesn’t mean they can’t be just as loving. 

Popular but sometimes distant 

These cat breeds are a perfect example of animals that tend to prefer solitude, but who, perhaps for that very reason, are adored by cat owners across Australia. Norwegian Forest cats, Russian blues, Maine Coons, Birmans and British Shorthairs, are all extremely popular cat breeds that love a little peace and quiet. 

Love to be loved 

For all you cat enthusiasts who want the cuddliest furry friend, here are the most popular and affectionate cat breeds. Siamese and Burmese cats are two of the most loving cat breeds you can come across.

Okay either way

While there are cat breeds that tend towards the extremes, there are also many that aren’t too fussed either way. For cat owners who like a pet that might be a bit more of an ambivert, Ragdolls, Abyssinians, Cornish Rex cats, and Korats are great candidates for you. 

Finding the right cat for you can be a difficult choice, so it is important to do research to determine which cat breed might be the best fit for your preferences and lifestyle. At the end of the day, regardless of temperament or personality, all cats are adorable and deserving of a loving home and family. 


How the information was collected:

*Applaws analysed Google Ads Keyword Planner data (June 2021 to May 2022) to determine how many times each cat breed was searched on Google in Australia. This was then used to determine the most to least ‘popular’ cats. Applaws also used data from a scientific study* to determine from least to most, how likely each cat breed was to socialise with humans. *Mikkola S, Salonen M, Hakanen E, Sulkama S, Lohi H. Reliability and Validity of Seven Feline Behavior and Personality Traits. Animals (Basel). 2021 Jul 2;11(7):1991.