The 25 Best Cat Breeds for Seniors

Senior citizens looking for a feline companion need to make sure they find the right furry friend for them.

Energetic or mischievous cats might not do so well with an elderly owner, but there are plenty of breeds that are happy to curl up on their owners' laps and be loved.

Animals that are calmer and thrive on having company often suit older folk, who might typically spend more time at home.

Breeds listed below have suitable traits, such as friendliness and calmness and are generally affectionate and people-oriented, to help them get along with elderly owners.

The rundown has used information from pet and breeding groups, The International Cat Association (TICA) and Cat Fanciers' Association, charities and pet health websites.

American Bobtail

The American bobtail is an affectionate breed that does not like to be alone and makes a great therapy cat.

According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, these cats "bond with their human family with great devotion," enjoy playing games and going for walks—and are generally pretty quiet.

American bobtail cat
An American bobtail cat. yhelfman/iStocks

American Curl

The American Curl is a physically affectionate breed that loves being with humans and wants to be with its owner all time, according to TICA.

Renowned for their ears, which curl backward instead of standing up, these medium-size cats are "even-tempered intelligent companions" who like to be involved in everything.

American curls also tend to get along with other cats, according to veterinary website, Vetstreet.

American curl
A girl poses with her American curl cat during a cat exhibition in Bishkek on March 2, 2019. Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty

American Shorthair

American Shorthairs are people-oriented and love cuddling, and TICA says that they are good pets for people living on their own, the elderly, and people living with disabilities.

They are also handy at keeping pests at bay, according to pet website Pets4Homes.

American shorthair cat
An American shorthair cat. Volchanskiy/iStock

American Wirehair

The American Wirehair is an adaptable breed that can be happy living as a senior citizen's lap cat.

American wirehair
An American wirehair cat. tihomir_todorov/iStock

Australian Mist

Australian Mists love being with their family and according to TICA: "they are certain to cheer you up with their companionship and conversation as well as dish out advice when needed."

Australian Mist
An owner kisses her Australian Mist breed cat on May 4, 2019 in London, England. John Keeble/Getty


Balinese cats are loving and love attention and affection. They demand attention so would be a good pet for someone who is at home a lot of the time.

Balinese cats
Balinese cats on October 27, 2018, in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty


Birman cats are "ideal" for seniors, according to TICA, as they are low-maintenance and love companionship.

Life Care Services, the retirement home provider, recommends these cats for elderly owners. It describes them as "affectionate, gentle and intelligent" creatures that "enjoy the companionship of their humans."

Birmin cat
A Birman cat sits during an international cat show in Moshav Beit Hefer near the coastal city of Netanya, north of Israel, on December 26, 2009. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty


The Bombay breed is social, loves company, and likes to stick close to its owner.

Vetstreet, the pet health website, describes these cats as "calm, gentle and affectionate" and owners of a short, velvety coat that is easy to care for.

Bombay cat
A Bombay cat. Ed-Ni-Photo/iStock

British Shorthair

Slightly smaller than their American cousins (see above), British Shorthair cats are also friendly and affectionate.

They may not be lap cats, TICA notes, but they like being with their owners.

Age U.K., Britain's largest charity for older people, recommends this breed for older pet-lovers. It describes them as having an "easy-going personality" that is "not overly active and will happily relax next to their owner."

British shorthair
In this photo taken on December 14, 2016, a male British Shorthair cat is seen at his owner's flat in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty


The Chartreux breed is calm yet playful and makes a great companion for a senior citizen.

Grey Chartreux cat
A grey Chartreux cat. ysbrandcosijn/iStock

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthairs are affectionate and gentle cats and love being near their owners.

These cats do well in apartments or houses, according to the Cat Fanciers' Association, but do require require daily grooming to maintain their beautiful coat.

Exotic shorthair cat
An exotic shorthair type cat is pictured during a world cats show contest organized by the World Cat Federation (WCF) on October 16, 2016 in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty


The green-eyed Havana breed, which is related to the Siamese, is people-oriented and make for affectionate companions.

They generally enjoy sitting in a lap and chatting to his owner in a soft voice, according to Vetstreet's breed profile, and is pretty easy to groom.

Havana cat
Havana cat at the NEC Arena on October 27, 2018, in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty


Himalayan cats are gentle and calm and like living in a calm environment.

Himalayan Cat
A Himalayan cat in Colombia on March 16, 2014. Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty


Khaomanee cats are great companions that are known for being calm and relaxed, making them the ideal lap companion.

A Khaomanee cat. Thirawatana Phaisalratana/iStock


Manx cats are very affectionate and generally bond closely with one person in the family.

Manx cat
A Manx cat. Aletakae/iStock


Minuet cats are charming, extremely affectionate, people-oriented, and love curling up on a lap.

Minuet cat
A Minuet cat. eyfoto/iStock


Persian cats like being in calm environments and are generally very easygoing.

Persian cat
A woman carries a Persian cat during the "SuperCat Show 2017" on November 11, 2017, in Rome. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP


Peterbald cats are friendly and enjoy company and attention. This breed is also very loving and will tend to follow its owners around.

Peterbald cat
A Peterbald breed cat at the LondonCats International Show and Expo at Tobacco dock on May 4, 2019, in London, England. John Keeble/Getty


Ragdoll cats are loving and quiet cats and are known for being relaxed, friendly, and happy pets.

Seniors' charity Age U.K. advises that these cats "are happy to laze about and show their owners some affection," noting that all cats can at times show "bursts of energy."

A Ragdoll cat participates in the Merseyside Cat Show at Sutton Leisure Centre on June 1, 2019, in St Helens, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty

Russian Blue

The loyal Russian Blue cat is known for being friendly and affectionate, enjoying being close to its family.

Russian blue cat
A Russian Blue kitten Cat at the National Exhibition Centre on October 28, 2017, in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty

Selkirk Rex

The Selkirk Rex is an affectionate breed that is devoted to its family. These cats are also placid and cuddly.

Selkirk Rex
A Selkirk Rex cat at the National Exhibition Centre on October 28, 2017, in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty


The Snowshoe cat is generally a mellow breed that thrives on companionship and affection.

Snowshoe cat
A Snowshoe cat. Aleksandar Nalbantjan/iStock


Siberian cats are affectionate and playful and love following their family around. These cats are also calm and make good therapy cats.

Siberian cat
A Siberian cat attends the National Pet Show at The NEC Arena on November 4, 2017, in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty


Tonkinese cats are social and like to vocalize. They love sitting in their owner's lap and love attention generally.

Tonkinese cat
Tonkinese of Burmese cat at NEC Arena on October 24, 2015 in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora cats are affectionate and sociable and like staying by their owner's side.

Turkish Angora cat
A Turkish Angora breed cat is judged at the LondonCats International Show and Expo at Tobacco dock on May 4, 2019. John Keeble/Getty