Put down those gardening shears, running shoes, or dirty clothes and celebrate National Lazy Day with us! Cats certainly know how to embrace laziness—the average feline sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day, after all. However, not all cats are born equally idle. Today we’re spotlighting 9 lazy cat breeds (with absolutely no judgment)!
Persians have been called “furniture with fur” because of their long periods of inactivity—of all the lazy cat breeds, this one most definitely fits the bill. These cats have a sweet, gentle nature and prefer a calm atmosphere. While they are happy to be groomed and petted, they aren’t generally interested in playing games or chasing toys. However, as with any pet, it’s important to try to engage your Persian in some playtime exercise every day.
The Himalayan is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. This breed is docile and sweet, and tends to reserve attention for family members. They rarely ascend higher than their human’s lap, being content to lounge on the same level as people or even on the floor. Like most lazy cat breeds, Himalayans prefer a calm, quiet routine.
Once upon a time, British Shorthairs were known for being efficient hunters and mousers among English farms. Now this mellow, easygoing breed would rather snooze by the fireplace or snuggle with their humans than engage in a daring game of cat and mouse. British Shorthairs are loyal and devoted companions.
The National Cat of France is said to have been selectively bred to have a quiet voice so as not to disturb the Carthusian Order monks in the monasteries where they resided centuries ago. These days the Chartreux is known for being a relatively silent companion, but is also attentive and gentle.
Although livelier than some of the other lazy cat breeds on our list, Exotic Shorthairs retain many of their Persian ancestors’ characteristics—and not just in looks! They are sweet, quiet, loyal, and affectionate. Although the Exotic Shorthair doesn’t quite live up to the “furniture with fur” standard set by the Persian, this cat will enjoy lazing around with you.
Ragdolls often go limp (aka lazy?) in the arms of anyone who holds them. Although these cats can grow to be quite large, they are known for their gentle and placid temperaments. They’re sometimes called “puppycats,” but they certainly don’t have the energy level of a puppy! These cuddly, low-maintenance cats are just the right kind of lazy.
As a cousin to the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin is also quite docile and loves to be held like a baby. In fact, the biggest difference between the Ragdoll and the Ragamuffin is that the Ragamuffin comes in more colors and patterns! This sweet-natured cat loves to follow her humans around, proving that she might not be so lazy after all.
Of all the Rex cats, the Selkirk Rex is best known for his easygoing disposition. He is cuddly and occasionally playful, making him one of the least lazy cat breeds on our list—but he still knows how to relax. And with his unique curly coat, you might mistake him for a living, breathing teddy bear!
The Birman is a docile cat said to have originated in the temples of ancient Burma. He does enjoy his fair share of exploring—at the end of the day, though, this stunning blue-eyed cat is likely to lie back with his humans and enjoy the lazy life.
Which of these lazy cat breeds do you relate with? Hopefully on National Lazy Day, the answer is all of them!