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17 Lazy Cat Breeds to Lie Around With & Chill (With Pictures)

Written by: Melissa Gunter

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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17 Lazy Cat Breeds to Lie Around With & Chill (With Pictures)

Watching a cat race around the house having a great time is fun, but it isn’t for everyone. Yes, there are cat lovers out there who prefer a cat that is more chill and relaxed. These cats, those that lay at your side and take their cues from you, are some of the easiest to bond to and are the most affectionate out there. If you’re looking for this type of cat, here’s a look at 17 lazy cat breeds you’ll fall in love with.

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The 17 Laziest Cat Breeds

1. Persian

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Known as a laid-back and passive cat breed, Persians can be considered a bit lazy. This cat prefers to lounge around and be tranquil. While they are adaptable cats that can tolerate most environments, they aren’t fans of lots of noise and strangers running around. Instead of a lot of activity, these cats prefer just laying around.

2. Ragdoll

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A Ragdoll is as easy-going as they come. They don’t freak out when strangers are around and they are loving to their owners. However, they are also a bit large in size. You’ll most likely find your Ragdoll chilling around the house rather than finding things to get into or being active.

3. American Shorthair

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American Shorthairs are considered one of the friendliest cat breeds out there. Unfortunately, they are also a bit lazy. Thanks to this reason, they can easily struggle with obesity issues. If you have an American Shorthair, it’s best to push them into a bit of activity for weight control.

4. Maine Coon

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The big, beautiful Maine Coon is easily one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. If you aren’t familiar with these cats’ personalities, you may think they are intimidating the first time you encounter one. Perhaps it’s their large size or maybe their sweet disposition, but you’ll find Maine Coons enjoy laying around and doing their own thing most days.

5. Selkirk Rex

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A relative of the Persian, the curly-haired Selkirk Rex is a docile cat that is easy to handle. These small cats aren’t very fearful of people or situations either. While they are a bit more active than their parent breed, the Persian, you’ll notice they easily fall into the category of being lazy cats.

6. Exotic Shorthair

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Another relative of the Persian, Exotic Shorthairs are round-faced, short-haired cuties that are extremely affectionate to their owners. These medium-sized cats are a bit fearful and may hide when hearing strange noises or new people stop by the house. Instead of tons of activity, these cats prefer to lounge with their owners and take life easy.

7. Siberian Forest Cat

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The Siberian Forest Cat is a mellow, water-loving cat that is affectionate and unafraid. Perhaps it’s this lack of fear that makes these large cats more relaxed than most. You’ll often find them chilling by the sink to play with water or lounging around the house without a care in the world.

8. Tonkinese

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The Tonkinese is a vocal cat that is bred from the Siamese and Burmese. This breed is more active than the other cats on this list, but they are far from being considered hyper. Instead, they enjoy spending their time with their owners. Sure, they’ll go on walks and learn tricks, but they enjoy a nice cuddle more.

9. Burmese

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The Burmese are a perfect example of a homebody. Yes, these cats are vocal and like to be in the middle of things taking place at home, but they’d still prefer your lap to anything else. These cats are very calm and keep things simple when it comes to existing in their homes.

10. Russian Blue

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Russian Blues are known for their unique and beautiful coats and for being a homebody. These cats prefer routine and aren’t fans of new places. They prefer hanging out with their owners, perhaps getting a few cuddles or even watching some television.

11. Korat

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The Korat is a breed that is known for being a bit difficult in show rings. This is due to their dislike of new places and people. While they aren’t rude or aggressive, they are another example of the ultimate homebody that wants to be left alone. These cats do best with their families and a set routine where they can lounge around.

12. Scottish Fold

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Scottish Folds fear being alone and bond closely with their owners. This being said, that doesn’t mean they won’t ever be active. These cats will play games with their owners and love to watch what’s happening around them from afar and on their hind legs. However, they can easily compete in a game of doing nothing with the other cats on this list.

13. Ragamuffin

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Ragamuffins have a lot in common with Ragdolls. While they are a separate breed, the Ragamuffin also enjoys laying around the house taking it easy. You’ll find that these cats enjoy following their humans around. However, that doesn’t mean they are doing so for strenuous activities. They just want to know what you’re up to.

14. British Shorthair

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British Shorthairs are aloof cats that put you in the mind of an aristocrat. Yes, they will occasionally show affection, but it’s usually on their terms. Other than that, they spend most of their time lounging around the house and judging what’s going on around them.

15. Birman

Birman cat kitten with beautiful blue eyes lying on the floor
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Birmans are considered sacred cats. They also bond closely with one person in the household. A beautiful breed, they aren’t considered overly active and don’t mind spending their time with their owners on the sofa.

16. Chartreux

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While they are very intelligent, the Chartreux isn’t a cat breed that can be described as overly active. Instead, they bond with one person and prefer observing things around the house from afar instead of being involved.

17. Himalayan

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Last on our list is the moody Himalayan. Yes, these cats prefer to be inside the house where they can enjoy all that the indoors have to offer. A good day for these cats is spending time with their owners, being petted, groomed, and allowed to lay around.


If you’re looking for a cat that is easy to care for and laid back, one of the 17 on this list would make your perfect sidekick. While some of these cats are more playful than others, you can’t call any of them hyper. Instead, they prefer to keep to themselves and bask in affection. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect cat to bring home?


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