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13 Calmest Cat Breeds | Most Tranquil Felines for Your Home

Cats are playful, rambunctious, and just balls of energy that are a great addition to any home. However, an active ball of fur isn’t for everyone— especially cat parent newbies. Many people prefer to find the calmest cat breeds to match their energy.

Often, the calmest cats are also some of the most friendly breeds you can find, so they are great companions too. If you’re looking for a friend that won’t get the zoomies at 3 am, these 13 laid-back feline breeds will make a perfect partner in crime.

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British Short Hair


What are the Calmest Cat Breeds?

Cats are known to be calmer than dogs, but there are a few cat breeds that are calmer than others. If you want the perfect addition to your tranquil household, consider getting one of these felines.

1. Maine Coon

Maine Coons are one the most affectionate cat breeds you can find. They are also one of the biggest cat breeds, as an adult male can weigh around 18 pounds. This means they truly are gentle giants.

Ginger Maine Coon cat lying on the wooden table.

Their affectionate nature and calm persona make them the perfect pets for families with young kids. While calm, they are also very playful, making them ideal playmates. They are people-oriented, so don’t be surprised by them accompanying you everywhere at home. 

Brown Maine coon cat sitting. calmest cat breeds
Maine Coon

2. British Shorthair

As you can tell from their name, they originate from Great Britain but are thought to be brought over from Rome and Egypt. These chubby round-faced cats come in various colors and patterns, although blue-grey is the most common.

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Besides their calm demeanor, they are very easy-going, intelligent, and easy to groom. They make easy companions for first-time owners as they can get along with just about anyone— including dogs.

These calm beauties don’t need much attention and are a great addition to a laid-back owner or family.

british shorthair blue face

3. Ragamuffin

Ragamuffins are known for being one of the more affectionate cat breeds. But that doesn’t mean that they are needy. These cats can get along with just about any animal or person and often just want to be around others.

Fluffy ragamuffin cat in the studio.

They enjoy playing with the occasional toy, but overall just enjoy lazing about and being near a companion. So, you won’t find them engaging in highly-energy activities like jumping about, running, or going bump in the night.

Instead, they prefer to use their energy for more important things— like being carried around in their owner’s arms.

ragamuffin cat eye shot in profile
Ragamuffin Cat in profile

4. Persian

There’s no missing this floof on legs. These breeds are notorious for their flowing coats and “diva” behaviors. And, while a Persian cat’s grooming routine may prevent some new owners from getting one, their calm demeanor and cute round face usually win them back.

Persian cat, sitting in front of white background
Persian cat

They are more content as indoor cats, so you won’t find them chasing around birds too much. This is mainly because of their stocky build that prohibits fast movement but also because they love attention and affection. They are not high-energy at all and make excellent lap cats. You’ll most likely find hoping for a snuggle from you or happily purring in the sun. 

White Persian cat lying on the ground.

5. Ragdoll

A few words that describe a Ragdoll cat’s personality are: peaceful, sociable, and affectionate. So, how can you not fall in love with these duo-tone cats?

Blue-eyed Maine Coon ragdoll cat sitting beside a basket where its flower is hanging over its head.
Ragdoll Cat

Ragdolls are great low-maintenance cats who are content with going with your household’s flow. Compared to other breeds, these cats bode well with a new environment and can be left alone at home for a few hours if need be.

But don’t leave them on their own for too long. They are most likely the first ones to greet you once you open the front door. And, while they love the occasional play, they enjoy cuddles and lazing on your lap more. 

ragdoll cat face

6. Scottish Fold

You can recognize these tubby kittens by their rounded face and short, folded ears (hence the name). They originate from the Tayside region of Scotland and are one of the most expensive cat breeds in the world.

And while they may come with a high price tag, they aren’t that high maintenance. All they need is a good brush at least once a week, a cuddle now and then, and a full belly to keep them satisfied. 

dark coloured scottish Fold Cat lying on floorboards with cup of
Scottish Fold Cat

7. Russian Blue

These grey kitties are not only calm but also quite shy. That means you won’t have to worry about them being rambunctious throughout the day. (  

While they may be shy, it doesn’t mean they won’t let you know when they need a good snuggle. They are actually very affectionate pets. They strike the perfect balance between loving without being too clingy as they love their space.

These cats are the way to go if your home needs a calm, low-maintenance kitten.

photo of russian blue cat playing with brown wooden stick while lying on grass
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8. Birman

Birmans have an interesting origin. They originate from Myanmar (Burma) and are also known as the “Sacred Cats of Burma” in some languages. However, after showing up in France in 1920, the breed soon traveled to many homes across the world.

Birman cat at home on sunny day

Whatever their origin, it is not difficult to see why they remained a crowd favorite for so many years. They are calm, friendly, affectionate, and low-maintenance cats that get along well with everyone. And, as they grow older, they mellow out even more and are more than happy to just wander around the house purring from lap to lap.

Birmanese Domestic Cat

9. Selkirk Rex

Have you heard of the curly-haired Selkirk Rex yet? It is one of the four only curly-haired cat breeds, which makes this feline a high commodity.

Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old, sitting in front of white background
Selkirk Rex kitten, 5 months old

Not only does she have looks, but she also has brains and a personality too. A Selkirk Rex has a social, affectionate character that exudes calmness and warmth to fellow animals, adults, and children. If you are looking for a carefree, loving pet that won’t run amok, you cannot go wrong with this tangle of curls.

Two bicolored Selkirk cats standing close to each other, staring at something.

10. Burmese

It is crucial for a cat’s development to incorporate play, and Burmese cats are a prime example of this. This breed is super playful and highly intelligent. They pick up tricks like fetch fairly easily and are more “dog-like” than other cats on this list.

Burmese cat on white background
Burmese Cat

Typically, playful cats are very active. And while Burmese are pretty active, they are also quite calm and lazy. They would much rather spend their time snuggling, talking, or playing with you than running around. 

White and black Burmese cats sitting in a basket next to each other.

11. Korat

The Korat is often dubbed one of the smartest cat breeds, but it should also get recognition for its calm demeanor. Not to be confused with the Russian Blue, the Korat has a slimmer face and lighter grey coat.

korat cat breed
korat cat breed

These mellow cats love laying in their owner’s lap throughout the day and don’t mind being picked up, either. They are content as long as they can get ample cuddles and are velcroed to your side.

While they are calm and easygoing, they are skittish around strangers and don’t do well being left alone for long periods.

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12. Himalayan

The duality of Himalayan cats makes them an excellent addition to many families. They are playful and social yet aren’t very active. They are calm pets that do well in relaxed environments, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the occasional bursts of energy.

himalayan cat with dark coat

If you have small children, these cats are elated to play, talk, and cuddle with them— as long as there’s no rowdiness. You can expect these cool cats to get along well with most animals or people, but they like some alone time as well now and then.

They’ll let you know when they’re ready for more attention with a melodious meow.

13. Exotic Shorthair

You’ll recognize an Exotic Shorthair immediately by their short snouts and big bright eyes. While this may make them look grumpy, they are actually big softies.

Ginger flat faced cat with amber eyes up close
Exotic Shorthair cat

They are also very docile with a low prey drive and are kind of couch potatoes. They enjoy spending most of their time relaxing with their owners, kids, and those close to them. These cats are great for busy households as they can be left alone for a few hours without a fuss. As long as they can enjoy being near you most of the time.

And, while it is one of the cat breeds that don’t shed much, they do need a brush once a day. But that’s a small price to pay for this cute, laid-back roommate. 

Exotic Shorthair kitten, 4 months old, sitting in front of white background

Have The Calmest Cat Breeds Won Your Heart?

If I’m being honest, it’s not too hard for cats to win over someone’s heart. Their sweet faces and warm cuddles are enough to melt anyone’s heart. But not all cat breeds are the same. And while each individual cat has their own personality, getting a cat breed that mirrors your dynamic is a good start.

Getting a calm cat breed might be the best option if you’re a busybody, family-oriented, or just laid back. And, while many are a bit lazy, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t playful, affectionate, or lacking in personality at all.

In fact, while calm, you won’t lack much from these adorable furballs.

tortie ragdoll cat

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