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Once you go fluffy, you don’t go back. There’s nothing like sinking your hands into a fluffy, purring cat who is warm and cozy in your lap — and, luckily, most breeds on this list have affectionate, docile personalities and would love that attention. If you’re looking to adopt, though, don’t forget a regular domestic cat can be blessed with gorgeous fluff, too.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that dense fur requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and free of mats and tangles, so keep that in mind before deciding if this is a commitment you can keep up with.
Fluffy Cat Breeds
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The Siberian cat has a thick, fluffy coat designed to protect them from the harsh Siberian climate from which they originated — but which is also delightful for humans to sink their fingers into. This breed has a round face and expressive eyes that can be green, gold, or copper. Their impressive coats are water-resistant and made up of three layers, which help these cats keep cool in the summer. Still, Siberian cats prefer a colder climate for optimal comfort. Incredibly, given their stunning coats, Siberian cats usually only need to be brushed once a week, though should be brushed more during heavier shedding seasons in the spring and fall.
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2. Maine Coon
As their name indicates, the Maine Coon is from the state of Maine. They’re also the largest breed of domestic cat, and all their fluff makes them look even bigger. They grow long, thick coats that pop up in tufts around their ears and paws and need regular brushing. These big fluffy cats require a lot of exercise, play, and attention. While they are fairly high-maintenance cats, they’re also amazingly intelligent and friendly. If you want a dog-like companion in the body of a massive feline, this is the breed for you. They do best with another kitty companion on the premises.
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The Persian cat is famous for having long, luxurious fur. In fact, Persians are one of the oldest cat breeds; they have been popular pets for centuries. All these years of being loved and pampered have made them very sweet-natured. Persians are known for their luxurious fluffy coats, gentle personalities, and for seeking out attention and cuddles. They require regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles, but they also love attention, so at least they won’t make it hard for you.
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Ragdoll cats earned their name for their tendency to go limp in the arms of their humans as soon as they wake up, displaying their trusting and loving nature. They have a soft and silky medium-length coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns and bright blue almond-shaped eyes. These fluffy cats need a lot of attention and cuddling, with a little play thrown in to stay happy.
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The Himalayan cat is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese, and while mixed breeds can have variations in their genetics and appearance depending on what they inherit, the Himalayan manages to be consistently fluffy. This breed usually has a rounded face with the snub nose of a Persian, which gives them a funny expression. Himalayans are often described as “lap cats” and have gentle personalities; they want nothing more than to follow you around until you sit down and they can climb in your lap. These laid-back fluffy cats enjoy the company of kids and make great family pets.
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6. American Curl
American Curl cats got their name from their curled ears. The breed originated in California in the 1980s when a stray cat with curled ears was found and bred with other domestic cats. Because of the variations among those domestics, the rare breed can now be long or short-haired, as well as a variety of colors, including tabby. These fluffers have friendly personalities and hearty constitutions.
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7. Norwegian Forest
Originating in Northern Europe, the Norwegian Forest cat is happiest in cold climates thanks to their thick wooly undercoat, water-repelling top coat, and fluffy tail. From that description alone, you can probably tell this breed needs a lot of brushing. They’re friendly and sociable but have an independent streak and don’t love being picked up. They’ll make themselves scarce if they feel overwhelmed but are very loyal to their pet parents and are sometimes compared to dogs for their loyalty.
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Birman cats originated in Southeast Asia and are coveted for their stunning blue eyes, fluffy and silky coats, and distinctive pointed coloring. They have sweet, round faces and a natural beatific expression. They are social cats who love to be around people and other pets, and are particularly fond of children, which, let’s be real, isn’t a common cat characteristic. These cats love to play with toys and do other challenging activities that keep them engaged. They’re very loyal and are known for greeting their pet parents in all their adorable fluffy glory at the door when they come home.
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9. Domestic Longhair
The Domestic Longhair is not a specific breed but rather a term used to describe mixed breed cats with long floofy coats of various colors and patterns, including tabby, tortoiseshell, and calico. Domestic Longhairs come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities, but one thing is for sure — they know how to make a statement. Their playful and affectionate personalities and stunning coats make them the perfect companions for any cat lover.
How much do fluffy cats shed?
Fluffy cats are certainly prone to shedding, but the amount can vary depending on the cat and the season. Shedding can be more noticeable during the spring and fall when cats are shedding their winter or summer coats.
There is such a thing as too much shedding: if you notice excessive shedding or any bald patches on your cat’s coat, it’s a good idea to consult your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health issues, or determine if you’re over-brushing.
Grooming tips for fluffy cats
Regular grooming can help reduce shedding by removing loose fur and distributing natural oils throughout the coat. Brushing your fluffy cat daily or a few times a week can help prevent mats and tangles and reduce the amount of fur that ends up on your furniture and clothing. Here are some tips for grooming fluffy cats to keep their long fur healthy and smooth.
Brush, brush, brush
Ideally, brushing should happen daily or at least a few times a week. Use a wide-toothed comb or a slicker brush to gently remove tangles and knots, starting from the head, then working your way down the body. Be careful not to pull on the fur because that will likely make your cat reluctant to cooperate. You want your fluffy cat to have good associations with brushing. Gently work through the knot with your fingers or a comb until it is completely detangled.
Depending on their lifestyle and coat, some fluffy cats should be bathed every few months. Consult your vet if you think bathing your cat will be an issue — brushing could be enough if they seem in good health and mat free.
Use a mild, cat-specific shampoo, follow the instructions on the bottle, and rinse your cat thoroughly so they don’t end up licking residue. For stubborn tangles and mats, you can use a detangling spray to loosen the knot.
Other grooming needs
You can also give your fluffy cat a little trim around problem areas, such as their butthole or paw pads. Check for ingrown nails while you’re down there and give those a trim, too. With the right tools and techniques, you can keep your fluffy cat Instagram-ready all year round.
Are you considering adopting a fluffy cat?
If you’re looking for the perfect feline companion, consider adopting a fluffy cat from your local rescue or shelter today!