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  1. I agree with Liz, I don’t think any particular breed of cat is more likely to be a lap cat, it’s more the cat’s individual nature which influences them.
    We’ve always had non pedigree cats and both male and female, some have been lap cats, some haven’t, we just accept our good fortune and enjoyed the moment if they chose to sit on us.
    Neither of our 2 present cats are lap cats but both enjoy a cuddle under the duvet.

  2. Hi Michael,

    I can understand trying to find a cat with certain traits. I don’t do it myself, but I think a lot of people do.

    Specific breeds have the reputation of having certain trait tendencies and you can probably find specific breeds that are a tiny bit more of this or that than with other breeds.

    But I can dispel that myth in a flash. Bottom line is that it’s much more about the individual cat and how it has been raised rather than “breed tendencies”.

    Breeders are responsible for spreading and massively over exaggerating the “breed tendencies” myth. Their motive is to get more sales. They aren’t the only ones who do it. Lots of cat organizations do it.

    I’ve seen more than one Siamese that was quiet and polite when that breed has the reputation of being relatively vocal and demanding.

    I’ve seen Persians that were vocal and busy-bodied when that breed has the reputation of being laid back.

    I’ve had siblings where one fit the mold of the breed and the other was the opposite.

    Cats learn from their surroundings just like people do. They get molded by how well they are socialized, the examples and boundaries set while they are young, and by how well they are treated.

    Sure, they have genetic tendencies but it’s clear as day to me that genetics take a back seat; nurture dominates nature.

    “Best Lap Cat Breed” is a myth.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • Love your comment too, Liz. I absolutely agree with you. Perhaps cat breeders like to package their cats as a product and that includes appearance and personality. For me, it a sign of a failing in the concept of selling cats, a living, feeling creature. People need to be a little more responsible when breeding cats.

      The public, too, like to package cats as products. It is too complicated to say all cats are different.

    • Hairless Cat Girl – I just saw your site for the first time 🙂 It’s great and very informative. I only realised you have a site because I went to a POC post from some time ago and it was mentioned in the comments. Hairless cats are fascinating. Great site 🙂

      • Hi Marc,

        Thanx for the nice compliment. I really appreciate that coming from a smart guy and a cat expert like you 🙂

        You might consider creating a cat site yourself. I enjoy working with my site tremendously and I am confident that you would enjoy making one. You love cats and talking about cats. I know you’d do an excellent job.

        =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

  3. “THE TRADITIONAL PERSIAN CAT” has been immortalized in the initial “007 James Bond” movie franchisee as the eternal “VILLAINS LAP CAT”. According to my observation of my cats , the “Traditional Persian cat” is a good lap cat with a deceptive aggressive nature, hence portrayed as the “Villains Lap-cat” in films.My traditional Persian cats never ever spare any living organism smaller then them, catching house gecko’s and even snapping at insects.Otherwise they spend the entire day sleeping on chairs or sofa’s in the house.Deceptively docile, the ultimate aggressive lap cat.

    • Love your comment, Rudolph “aggressive lap cat”. The thing about the Persian is that they seem so domesticated and docile but all cats are top predators. They are amongst the world’s best predators and that applies to the fluffy Persian too.

  4. I always thought the Ragdoll was ‘supposed’ to be a lap cat type of breed. But when I hear character descriptions from breeders or breed experts they all seem to give most cats the same short list of character traits. Occasionally they will say a breed is more active and less lappy, but generally most seem to be good indoor lap cats. It’s probably complicated by the fact that a good selling point for a breed is being a lapcat since people like lap cats. So if a breed is not particularly then it might be best just not to mention it at all.

    • Ragdolls are playful cats, quite large, and friendly, BUT ON THEIR OWN TERMS. GENERALLY NOT LAP CATS – BUT FEMALES WOULD BE MORE NURTURING THAN MALES. THE TERM RAG-DOLL REFERS TO THE CATS GOING LIMP WHEN PICKED UP. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY LIKE BEING PICKED UP. OUR MALE RAGDOLL IS HUGE, PLAYFUL, DOES NOT MIND BEING PETTED, BUT DOES NOT LIKE BEING ON OUR LAPS AT ALL.

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