The 8 Laziest Cat Breeds Who Are Totally Happy to Chill All Day Long

Who doesn’t envy a lazy cat sleeping in a sunbeam? While there are certainly mischievous cat breeds that act like dogs, more often than not we associate our feline friends with leisurely attitudes. (It’s called a cat nap for a reason!) Pet people in search of a cat who is content to chill all day long should consider one of the lazy breeds on our list. These cats often can’t be bothered to greet you at the door. They prefer quiet nights in and probably poo-poo social gatherings. The thing is, at the end of a long day, we can’t blame ‘em!

Lazy cats and physical fitness

The one thing you’ve got to watch out for in lazy cats is excessive weight gain. Obesity in dogs and cats can lead to a whole host of health issues. Banfield Pet Hospital data reveals the obesity rate in pet cats in the last decade has increased 114 percent. A cat who is overweight is four times more likely to develop urinary tract issues than a cat who has a healthy weight.

The COVID-19 pandemic definitely didn’t do kitties any favors, either. Almost half of the pet parents Banfield surveyed say they give in when their pet begs for food. Having their humans at home more often during the pandemic meant more treats and bigger meals for many pets.

So, if you’ve got a lazy cat who doesn’t feel the urge to move around a lot, find ways to ensure they get some exercise every day. Interactive toys and tunnels can encourage cats to explore. Interestingly, many cats on our list prefer life at ground level and don’t need to jump onto tall pieces of furniture or cat towers to take in the room. Having a playmate is also a good way to keep kitties active. If you do decide it’s treat time, try using a treat ball so your cat has to work for it a little bit.

laziest cat breeds birman
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1. Birman

Height: 8-10 inches

Weight: 12 pounds

Personality: Quiet, loyal

Coat: Long, single layer

Color: Pointed, cream

Life Expectancy: 9-15 years

Birmans are fluffy, medium-to-large-sized cats with quiet dispositions and bright blue eyes. They typically take three years to fully mature. The International Cat Association says Birmans are “Velcro cats” and actually don’t mind being carried around (hello, lazy). Get ready for a constant companion and nap buddy with a Birman.

laziest cat breeds british shorthair
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2. British Shorthair

Height: 12-14 inches

Weight: 8-16 pounds

Personality: Calm, independent

Coat: Short, dense

Color: Variety (Known for silvery gray)

Life Expectancy: 12-20 years

When you combine a calm demeanor with an independent streak, it makes for ultimate laziness. British Shorthair cats are content spending time alone, asleep, atop the comfiest perch they can find. Don’t mistake this lazy cat for a super cuddler! They’d rather sit next to you than on you. This is an ancient breed that actually originated in Egypt before being imported to Great Britain.

laziest cat breeds chartreux
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3. Chartreux

Height: 9-11 inches

Weight: 6-14 pounds

Personality: Affectionate, smart

Coat: Short, thick

Color: Blue-gray

Life Expectancy: 8-13 years

It’s thought Chartreux cats were used as mice-catchers in French monasteries as early as the 1700s. You’ll only find them in a silvery, blue-gray coat with orange or copper-colored eyes. While they do love attention, don’t worry about leaving them home alone. A Chartreux kitty will indulge in solo time, respect your stuff and welcome you back with open arms.

laziest cat breeds himalayan
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4. Himalayan

Height: 10-12 inches

Weight: 9-12 pounds

Personality: Sweet, friendly

Coat: Long

Color: Variety of colors in pointed pattern

Life Expectancy: 15-18 years

With their recognizable flat faces and puffy coats, Himalayan cats have a distinctly cozy appearance. They don’t talk much and are always looking for a lap to lay in. While quiet and gentle, they don’t mind meeting new people and generally get along with everyone. Grooming is an essential daily practice, otherwise a Himalayan’s coat will snarl!

laziest cat breeds persian
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5. Persian

Height: 10-15 inches

Weight: 7-12 pounds

Personality: Quiet, sweet

Coat: Long

Color: Variety of colors and patterns

Life Expectancy: 8-11 years

Himalayan cats are members of the Persian Breed Group. This means they’ve got the same body types and dispositions. In fact, the primary difference between the two is the coat coloration (Persians come in all colors and patterns, whereas Himalayans are typically pointed). According to VCA Animal Hospitals, Persians may be less friendly with kids and other pets. However, most are credited with sweet (albeit lazy) attitudes.

laziest cat breeds ragdoll
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6. Ragdoll

Height: 9-11 inches

Weight: 10-20 pounds

Personality: Laid-back, friendly

Coat: Semi-long

Color: Variety of colors in pointed pattern

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

A relative of Birman cats, Ragdolls are notorious for enjoying lounging in the arms of their favorite humans. These are big cats who can live long, healthy lives if cared for well. Ragdolls adapt well to households with kids and other pets. Don’t neglect your Ragdoll. Like many companion animals, these cats are intelligent and thrive on friendship.

laziest cat breeds russian blue
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7. Russian Blue

Height: 9-11 inches

Weight: 7-15 pounds

Personality: Gentle, reserved

Coat: Short, dense

Color: Gray, blue

Life Expectancy: 10-20 years

Russian Blue cats are totally cool observing from a quiet corner of the room. They tend to be shy felines who appreciate a steady routine. If you live in a rowdy household or enjoy hosting large dinner parties every weekend, your Russian Blue may hold a grudge and voice their displeasure. Compared to Persian cats, they hardly shed at all.

laziest cat breeds scottish fold
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8. Scottish Fold

Height: 8-10 inches

Weight: 6-13 pounds

Personality: Adaptable, loving

Coat: Long and short varieties

Color: Variety of colors and patterns

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

While Scottish Folds are definitely lazy loungers, they do best with a friend. Chilling is always better with company! These lovable sweethearts get along with everyone and adapt to new surroundings well (as long as you set aside a cozy spot for their naps). Their signature folded ears make them hard to miss.

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