Are you on the hunt for fluffy cat breeds to be your furry friend? We totally understand! After all, what is better than picking up your feline companion and feeling your hands sink deep into a sea of plush, soft, fluffy fur? We can’t think of anything, actually! What a great way to start – and end – every day!
If you are currently searching for a feline best friend and “fluffy” is high up on your wishlist, you’ll like this list. We’ll be delving into a list of the fluffiest cat breeds! From cats with fluffy tails to white fluffy cats, fluffy black cats, grey fluffy cats, big fluffy cats, and orange fluffy cats — we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in.
The Fluffiest Cat Breeds
These 10 fluffy cat breeds will have you blissfully drowning in fluffiness – we guarantee it! Prepare to be blown away with all that fluff.
Maine Coon Cats
What do you get when you cross the biggest cat in the world with one of the fluffiest cat breeds? You get the Maine Coon cat, of course!
Perhaps this is why the state of Maine wasted no time in declaring the Maine Coon as their official state cat!
The Maine coon coat is quite long and also fluffy. These big house cats weigh between 12-18 pounds, with males generally being heavier. And, since their fluff has an oilier texture that acts sort of like an in-house coat conditioner, this breed isn’t as prone to mats as other fluffy cat breeds.
If matting does begin to appear, it is likely because the undercoat is shedding. Thankfully, you can brush it more frequently to relieve the mats.
Maine Coons have adorable, outgoing personalities as well as being a top ten contender for the fluffiest cat breed. They’re also one of the many cats with fluffy tails — as are most of the cats on this list.
With proper maintenance and vet care, a Maine Coon lives on average 11 years.
They make great family pets for owners who spent a lot of time around the house. These cats are typically clever and active, requiring lots of stimulation and exercise. You need to be willing and available to give them plenty of company and interaction.
Maine coons are also known for being proficient swimmers and enjoy being in the water. Many of these cats can even be taught to walk on a leash and fetch toys.
Norwegian Forest Cats
The Norwegian Forest cat has collected several nicknames. These include Wegie (thankfully pronounced “wee-gee”) and Skogkatt (which means “forest cat”).
Not surprisingly, this large, smart, strong, native breed cat originally hails from Norway. There, King Olaf declared the Wegie the official cat of Norway.
The Norwegian Forest cat’s cute fluffy kittens may look like petite palm-sized fur balls, but they won’t stay that way for long! These large cats weigh between 12-16 lbs. Males typically weigh a bit more, while females can fall a bit under 9 lbs.
In fact, alongside the Maine Coon and Ragdoll, it is one of the three largest breeds of pedigreed cats in the world.
As a certified member of the fluffiest cat breed club, this adorable kitty will need some coat care. But not as much as some. Most Norwegian Forest cats need no more than a weekly coat grooming and brushing for maintenance.
This will increase to twice per week during the spring shedding season. Another good thing is that since their coat is naturally water-resistant, you don’t need to bathe them often either.
They are low shedding, and you can find out more about hypoallergenic cat breeds here.
The Norwegian Forest cat is smart, and full of mischief and affection. Although, they do well as indoor cats, they’re also very strong and fast. If you love a social cat who enjoys human company, you’ll love this big fluffy cat.
Given proper care and attention a Skogkatt can live 15 years or longer. If you’d like to adopt one of these, check out our full post on these big house cats.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the Siberian cat is the official cat of Russia.
Cat lovers have the end of the Cold War to thank for breeders’ ability to bring Siberian cats out of Russia and share them with the rest of the world.
But despite being a relatively new breed throughout the States and in Europe, Siberian cats have a very ancient natural lineage in their home country.
These wonderfully cute fluffy cats have triple thick coats designed to repel the harsh Russian winters.
They are instantly recognizable as one of the fluffiest cat breeds around. You can find them as fluffy black cats, white fluffy cats, grey fluffy cats, and even tabby-colored!
A Special Coat
Their coats are water-resistant and they have a long fluffy cat tail. Sometimes these cats will use their coat as a scarf to warm their head, neck, and ears.
The Siberian cat has a few distinctly canine traits, including a natural love of playing in water and a keen interest in games of “fetch.”
Despite the long, fluffy coat of the Siberian cat, its water-resistant properties make the fur less prone to tangles and mats. However, because it is triple thick, you will need to groom and brush your cat at least two to three times per week. During the summer shedding season, this frequence will naturally increase.
If you suffer from pet hair problems, you may still be able to have a Siberian cat, as these cats are widely considered to be low shedding.
But it’s not quite so straightforward, so make sure you check out our hypoallergenic cats article before you commit to your kitty. Especially if you have allergies.
The calm yet playful Siberian cat can live up to 15 years. Thinking of getting a Siberian cat? Find out all about them in this complete guide.
If there were a supermodel of the feline world, this honor would probably go to the Persian cat. With its super-silky fluffy coat and doll-like heart-shaped squished face, this cat is a beauty.
But sadly, these often considered cute flattened features, hide some serious health problems.
A Ball of Fluff
While often thought of as a white fluffy cat or a grey fluffy cat, the Persian cat breed of today can actually display up to 80 different coat colors and patterns.
The Persian cat breed is an ancient natural cat breed. These cats hail from what was first Mesopotamia, then later Persia and now Iran. For this reason, it is sometimes also called the Iranian cat. In Iran, however, the Persian cat is called the Shirazi cat.
Today, there are two sub-breeds of the Persian cat — the Show and the Traditional. The Show Persian has more pronounced features than the Traditional. This is to enable it to conform to cat breeding show standards.
Just looking at a Persian cat, it would be easy to assume these are fat fluffy cats. Especially considering their layers upon layers of silky fur, soft round faces, big bushy tails, and tendency towards lounging for long periods of time.
In fact, though, they are widely considered to be the fluffiest cat in the world by many cat lovers! They’ve certainly snagged a well-earned place on the top ten fluffiest cat breed list.
Interestingly, underneath all that fur, they shouldn’t be naturally much heavier than any other cat breed.
Because of the Persian’s long, silky, fluffy layers of fur, they’re quite high maintenance. So you will need to be prepared for a lifetime of near-daily grooming, brushing, de-shedding, and overall maintenance.
A Persian cat lives on average 14 years. However, due to their brachycephaly this time can be uncomfortable for them.
If you are thinking of buying a Persian kitten, please check out this article on the Persian cat.
Fluffiest Cat Breed – Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll cats get their name from their habit of going limp in your lap while being petted.
They quite simply love people, to the point where some consider them more human than feline.
The first Ragdoll cats came out of a cross between a white female longhaired cat and a variety of local male cats. The breeder, Ann Baker, bred them until she landed on a litter of fluffy kittens with the looks and temperament she wanted.
As one of the fluffiest cat breed picks, these cats are actually semi-longhaired. Undeniably, this makes their fluffy cat coats stick out even more — likely where they got their affectionate nickname, “Ragamuffin cat.”
Even with their extra fluffy coats, Ragdoll cats don’t need a lot of grooming and brushing. Surprisingly, they shed less than many other fluffy cat breeds. A sturdy steel comb or brush can help keep tangles and mats at bay.
Sadly, though, this breed has a comparatively shorter lifespan, with an average of just 10 years.
If you are thinking of buying a beautiful Ragdoll kitten, check out this complete guide to this cute contender for the fluffiest cat breed.
This gorgeous fluffy orange cat is actually a longhaired version of the popular Abyssinian cat breed.
It is thought that the Somali cat breed first arose in the 20th century. Breeders crossed the Abyssinian with local longhaired cats and this triggered a recessive Abyssinian longhaired gene.
With a bushy coat and equally bushy tail, the Somali has earned the nickname of “fox cat.”
Somali cats do need regular brushing and grooming to avoid tangles and mats. So, plan on twice per week brushing with a steel comb. You may also brush throughout the year and do up to daily grooming sessions during the spring shedding season.
The Somali cat is energetic, social, active and eager to play, climb and explore. Somalis are smart and very trainable if you want a cat companion who can do tricks.
They excel in homes with family members around for much of the day. Better still, if these are happy to provide lots of games and entertainment.
These cats can live up to 16 years with proper grooming and vet care.
Fluffy Cat Breeds – Birman Cats
The Birman cat has beautiful blue eyes and a soft, fluffy single-layer coat. This coat is so special that has earned it the nickname of “The Sacred Cat of Burma.”
No one is completely sure how this cat breed came to be — although there are many unconfirmed theories!
Birman kittens are born pure white. They can then develop into many different colors and patterns, including a black and white fluffy cat.
Their coat doesn’t tend to tangle or mat and doesn’t shed much except during the spring shedding season. At this time, you may need to brush or comb your cat daily. Otherwise, weekly grooming sessions typically suffice for this fluffiest cat breed.
The Birman cat personality is often compared to that of the Siamese, but without all the vocalizing. They make for great family cats and are good with kids and other pets.
These medium-size cats can live up to 16 years with proper at-home and vet care.
Fluffy Siamese Cats
Perhaps a bit of a curve-ball, but if you have met and snuggled with a Siamese Cat you will understand.
Because of their long, lean legs and bodies, not all cats in this breed will be a fluffy Siamese cat. However, if you look closely, you will see how plush the short, fine-haired thick coat of your Siamese truly is!
When you push your fingers gently into their coat, they are incredibly soft and fluffy — despite the short length.
The Siamese cat is a natural breed with a truly ancient history. Theirs extends all the way back to the Kingdom of Siam (now Thailand)!
Siamese cats are very smart and playful. They are active, vocal, social cats. Their habit of “talking” continually in the form of purrs and meows has earned them the loving nickname, “Meezer” (Sia-mese = meezer).
With good at-home and vet care, your Siamese will live on average around 14 years.
The Exotic Shorthair cat has many features of the Persian cat, but without the intense grooming requirements.
Its origins extend back just five decades. It was then that a breeder named Carolyn Bussey crossed a Persian with a Burmese cat.
Enthusiasts have described this cat as “round” in all ways, from face to form to feet. In fact, from black to white, tabby to tortoiseshell, and every pattern and color in between, this fluffy cat breed is still characterized more by their Persian-like facial features than any other feature.
For instance, a fluffy black kitten will still grow up to be a fluffy black cat with a pushed-in face, upturned nose and a short, plush and fluffy coat. Its coat is also fairly low maintenance. It only requires brushing with a steel comb once or twice per week, except during the annual shedding season.
Unfortunately, however, like the Persian cat, this flat faced kitty comes with a huge host of potential health problems.
So if you are thinking of buying an Exotic Shorthair Kitten, then please check out this complete guide first. And pay close attention to the extensive health section.
This is one of the oldest native English cat breeds, with the typical laid-back, mellow personality and quiet voice.
Even as a grey fluffy kitten, the British Shorthair cat has the characteristic dense, thick coat. It’s easily one of the fluffiest cat breed choices around. However, there’s a price to pay for this. It needs near-daily grooming in the spring and two to three times per week brushing at all other times of the year.
This breed also has a fascinating history. Although it later became standardized as the British Shorthair, experts speculate that the breed originated from Egyptian cats eventually brought over to England by Roman invaders.
Another interesting tidbit about this breed is that it was almost completely wiped out during World War II. As a result, the cats were bred with domestic shorthairs, longhaired Persians, Russian Blue cats, and other breeds, to save them from dying out.
The British Shorthair cat lives on average around 12 years.
You can find out all about this adorable breed in our complete guide to the British Blue cat.
Grooming Fluffy Cat Breeds
Each of these fluffy cat breeds will deliver all the fluff you can handle — and then some! But as you will soon learn, they can have very different brushing and grooming needs.
Some fluffy cat breeds, such as the famous Persian, need daily grooming sessions to maintain their silky fur. Other fluffy cat breeds, like the Norwegian Forest Cat are slightly different. They will only need a weekly grooming session unless they are seasonally shedding.
Some people even turn to cat haircuts to control these grooming needs.
Stainless steel cat combs or brushes are widely recommended for use with fluffy cat coats.
These are sturdy and hypoallergenic, easy to control, and fine-toothed. They’re perfect to gently comb or brush through every layer of your cat’s fur to remove loose hair, tangles, mats, and debris.
Grooming Tools for Fluffy Cat Breeds
Any of these highly regarded combs or brushes will do the job for you and your fluffiest cat breeds!
Furminator Deshedding Tool for Cats
This stainless steel Furminator deshedding self-cleaning brush comes in two sizes (small, large) and two styles (short hair, long hair).
It reduces shedding by up to 90 percent.
Pet Neat Pet Grooming Brush
This stainless steel Pet Net grooming brush reduces tangles and shedding by up to 95 percent.
The manufacturer offers a lifetime money back satisfaction guarantee.
Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
This durable Hertzko Slicker brush features a comfort handle with a no-slip grip and a self-cleaning button that pushes all the hair off the brush for easy clean-up. Which is helpful with fluffy cat breeds!
It gives your cat a gentle massage while brushing out debris, dirt, mats, tangles and loose hair.
You might also want to take a look at our guide to the best cat hair clippers.
Fluffy Cat Breeds – Summary
We hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the softest and fluffiest cat breeds to care for, cuddle and love! When choosing your fluffiest cat breeds, it’s important to consider their health challenges and maintenance requirements.
Some like the Maine Coon are quite healthy and low maintenance. Others like the Persian, though, might shed more and be more vulnerable to health challenges. It’s up to you — we love the fluff!
If you decide to get one of these cats, but already own a cat, you should take a look at this article on how to introduce a cat to a kitten!
Which fluffy cat breeds are your favorite and why? Are you more of a white fluffy cat, fluffy black cat, or orange fluffy cat person? Share your story in the comments section here!
References and Further Reading
- Yuill, C., DVM, MSc, CVH, “Grooming and Coat Care for Your Cat,” VCA Animal Hospitals, 2010.
- Satorina, J., et al, “Do hypoallergenic cats exist? — Determination of major cat allergen Fel d 1 production in normal and hypoallergenic cat breeds,” Clinical and Translational Allergy, 2014.
- Bukowski, J., DVM, MPH, PhD, et al, “Description and Physical Characteristics of Cats,” Merck Veterinary Manual, 2016.
- Giron, J., “How to Keep Your Feline Looking Great in Between Grooms,” Irvine Veterinary Services, 2015.
- Mark, J., “Cats in the Ancient World,” Ancient History Encyclopedia, 2012
- O’Neil, DG et al 2015. Longevity and mortality of cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
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