Low Energy Cat Breeds

These are the cats that will curl up beside you on the couch. Since they have a natural tendency towards inactivity, ensure that you provide these cats with a multitude of toys to make them be active otherwise you’ll end up with a fat cat. They may be cute to look at, but in the long run, a fat cat is not easy to live with.



Birmans do not like being the only pet in their home, they are much too social. They are active and playful, but they will be quiet if you’re busy. Birmans are medium to large in size (males weigh 9 to 15 pounds, females are 6 to 10 pounds) and have a semi-long silky coat. They do tend to shed. Their coats don’t often mat and Birmans have long bottle brush tails. They also feature brilliant blue eyes which seem to round out their sweet expression and dispositions.



British Shorthairs have found the balance between being affectionate and clingy; they would rather curl up beside you than be on your lap. British shorthairs are a healthy, hardy breed that takes 3 to 5 years to mature. They are playful, alert, intelligent and adore children. They may take some time to warm up to strangers, but if you return their love, they’re good. British shorthairs are a compact well-balanced cat (males weigh 12 to 18 pounds/females 9 to 15 pounds). Their coats are short, dense, plush and they do shed.



Exotic shorthairs have been dubbed “the lazy man’s Persian.” They have the body type and easygoing Persian personality, without the coat length that requires all that grooming. exotic shorthairs are athletic — males weigh 7 to 14 pounds, females 6 to 10 pounds. They are fun-loving, loyal, affectionate, quiet and sensitive. Their thick, dense, plush coats and round face resemble a teddy bear look.



The Himalayan is one of the most beloved cat breeds. For good reason, Himalayans live for affection and loved to be petted! They make loyal, devoted companions that get along well with children and other pets. Himalayans are playful and active well into its senior years. They are poised, calm and self-assured. Himalayans have long coats that come in a multitude of colors. Males weigh between 9 to 14 pounds, females 7 to 11 pounds.



Under that long, thick, glossy coat is a muscular, sturdy body. Persians come in a variety of colors and coat patterns. Persians are affectionate and loyal; the typical sweet cat. The coat requires daily brushing, an occasional bath and should always be kept indoors. Persian males weigh 9 to 14 pounds, while females weigh 7 to 11 pounds.



Their large, expressive eyes match their large body. Ragamuffin males tip the scale between 12 to 20 pounds (!) while females are 8 to 15 pounds. Don’t dare be afraid of all that cat, Ragamuffins are sweet, loving and have been dubbed “teddy bears.” They flourish under human attention and make a wonderful family pet that gets along with other cats and even dogs. Ragamuffins are calm, easygoing and can be trained to walk on a leash, play fetch and sit up and beg. It takes four years for Ragamuffins to reach adulthood. Their coats are medium to long and are thick and plush.


Affectionately dubbed the “puppycat,” Ragdolls can be taught to fetch and to come when called. Ragdolls are social, loving and affectionate, they get along with everyone — even dogs. They remain playful throughout their lives and mature slowly — at around 3 to 4 years. Ragdolls are large: males weigh 12 to 20 pounds while females come in at 8 to 15 pounds. Their coats are semi-long, plush and silky.



Selkirks are one of the newer cat breeds and are distinctive due to their naturally curly coat. Their coats are either long- or short-haired, but both varieties have dense, curly, soft coats. Selkirks adore people, other cats and dogs. They are patient and tolerant, adaptable to almost any living situation. They are clever, mellow and endlessly entertaining. A medium sized cat males weigh 11 to 16 pounds, females weigh 6 to 12 pounds.