Want the Ultimate Lap Cat? Consider These 6 Friendly Breeds.

friendly catAs any cat lover will tell you, one of life's greatest pleasures is a soft, furry cat purring in your lap. Cats are especially ideal for apartment dwellers, thanks to their size, quiet behavior, and overall adaptability to indoor living. In fact, there are approximately 85.8 million pet cats in the U.S. and this popularity might well have something to do with the feline ability to adapt to today's smaller living spaces.

While every cat has a different temperament, certain cat breeds are known for their affectionate personalities. These particular breeds are a great choice to live in apartments because they're well-behaved and eager to please. If you're looking for the ultimate lap cat, here are six superior cuddle cats to consider.

1. Ragdoll
For a cat who will follow you all over the house, play fetch and snuggle up in your lap at the end of a long day, look no further than a Ragdoll. This large, laid-back, blue-eyed cuddler is considered by enthusiasts to be the friendliest of all cat breeds, thanks to its attentive, eager-to-please, dog-like personality.

2. Sphynx
If you have a taste for the exotic, you'll adore the beauty, keen intelligence and utter devotion of the Sphynx. Nicknamed the "Velcro Lap Cat" for good reason, this hairless breed will be a permanent fixture on your lap or shoulder – seeking not just warmth, but plenty of affection as well.

3. Persian
When most people think of a fluffy lap cat, they immediately picture the iconic image of a furry white Persian. Like the Ragdoll, a Persian will try to get your attention (as well as your lap) at every moment, so good luck if you're trying to do work.

4. Tonkinese
Like the Persian, the Tonkinese adores being petted, and will constantly lay claim to your lap, or even your shoulder. This sweet-natured breed is also a playful companion – not just for humans, but for other pets as well.

5. Cornish Rex
Known for its playful, energetic personality, the Cornish Rex is also a lover at heart, and demands constant affection. This kitten-like cat will also claim any available lap, so be prepared.

6. Manx
Famous for its puppy-dog playfulness, the tailless Manx loves to cuddle and, unlike many breeds, adores belly rubs. The gentle Manx will follow you around and generally try to get involved with whatever you're doing, out of sheer eagerness to please.

Don't forget, one of the best ways to find your perfect lap cat is to contact your local animal shelter or purebred rescue group, where you'll find loving animals just waiting for the right forever home.