10 Popular Cat Breeds in India

Most people in India are fond of dogs rather than cats, it has to do something with “superstition”. Even today most people believe cats bring bad luck. But the truth is cats do not bring bad luck its purely a “superstition”. Cats are extremely good pets. Most cat breeds are affectionate, self-entertained and good companions.

Cats can pretty much take care of all their needs and they clean themselves regularly. It’s not needed to take them walking every day. Most Cats live up to 20 years if taken care properly. If you don’t have time to spend with pets but still want one then cats can be your best option instead of dogs.

Here the list of 10 Popular Cat Breeds in India

1. Persian Cats

best cat breeds in India

The Persian cat is one of the famous cats in India. These cats have long hair, round face and short muzzle. They are wonderful companions with quiet and laid back personality. They are generally lazy and mostly sleepy. They, however, don’t like being disturbed often.

If you have children it is wise to inform them not to disturb your cat often as Persian cats get annoyed. If treated properly they will love you and hang next to you all day.

These cats shed lots of hair so if you are considering to adopt one make sure you clean your place regularly to remove fallen hair. Groom your cat’s hair regularly to maintain their appearance. It’s because of their appearance that these cats are very popular.

If you are wondering about noise levels these cats are quiet they occasionally meow and mostly they do express their feelings through their eyes. So if you are living in an apartment its not going to be a problem considering how quiet they are.

TemperamentQuiet, Laidback and Friendly
Life Span10-17 years
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • Persian cats require regular grooming.
  • These cats don’t like being disturbed often.
  • Ask your children to be gentle with these cats.

2. Indian Billi (native Indian cats)

Indian billi native cat

Indian Billi our native Indian cats are best cat breeds to have. They are affectionate, friendly and gentle. If you are considering adopting cats then you should definitely look into Indian Billi. They are available everywhere in India.

One best thing about these cats is that they are very well suited for our weather conditions as they are native to our country. They are playful and independent and don’t require much of your attention. They entertain themselves as they like.

Indian Billi has a short coat so you don’t need to worry about them shedding hair. Generally, they are very clean and they clean themselves with their tongue often. They are mostly quiet and love to climb walls. If you have anything that is valuable on shelves then keep them somewhere else to avoid getting broken by the cat.

OriginIndia and Srilanka
TemperamentQuiet, Funny and Friendly
Life Span10-20 years
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • These cats have short coats so they don’t shed a lot.
  • These cats are best suited for Indian weather conditions.
  • They are mostly independent and entertain themselves.
  • Keep you valuables safe in the shelves as these cats can accidently push them.

3. Bombay Cat

bombay cat

Bombay cats look like a little “Black Panther”. They are black in colour with a large and long body with gold or copper eyes. Even though their name is Bombay cat they actually belong to the United States and Thailand.

These cats are playful, energetic and affectionate. They love learning tricks. you can teach them tricks and watch them do it. Most often you will find these cats in a warm place in your house like windows and under bedsheets. They like being warm.

These cats are quiet hence they are one of the best cat breeds for an apartment. Some owners have trained these cats even to walk on a leash and to play fetch.

OriginUnited States and Thailand
TemperamentQuiet, Friendly, Smart and Playful
Life Span15-20 years
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • These cats shed less as they have short coat.
  • They can be trained.
  • They love to be in warm places.

4. Himalayan cat

himalayan pet cat in India

Himalayan cats have a light coloured body with different colour points and blue eyes, dark ears and tail. Himalayan cats are a result of breeding Siamese and Persian cats. They are quiet and gentle. They will love to be on your lap but they can be reserved when guests are around.

These cats love the silent environment and with little changes from day-to-day. They don’t jump around shelves they are generally happy staying on the floor and playing with toys that you provide.

One important thing about this cat breeds is that they get to select their owners to whom they will shed their love. These cats have long hairs which sheds time to time. So it is recommended that you groom them regularly to avoid shedding and to maintain their beautiful appearance.

Origin United States and United Kingdom
TemperamentQuiet, Friendly, Smart and Playful
Life Span9-15 years
ColourFawn colour with dark ears and tail, blue eyes
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • Himalayan cats needs regular grooming to avoid shedding.
  • These cats are reserved around guests.
  • These cats prefer silent environment.
  • They don’t like more changes in thier surrondings.

Related: 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in India

5. Siamese Cat

Siamese cat

Siamese cats are one of the affordable cat breeds in India. They look like a person who is dressed up for an annual party! They are very beautiful and one of the oldest cats out there.

These cats are highly intelligent, playful and talkative. They will love you a lot and will follow you around the house and monitor you most of the time.

Siamese cats love to talk with a “meows”. If you want a talkative “Feline Buddy” then these cats are for you. They don’t like being left alone for a long time so it better you spend quality time with your feline friend.

Provide plenty of toys for Siamese cats as they love to play very much. If you are not a person who can spend time with your pet cat then don’t adopt them.

Origin Thailand and China
TemperamentAffectionate, Friendly, Smart, Playful and Talkative
Life Span8-15 years
Colourlight colour with dark ears and tail, blue eyes Know more about their colour
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • These cats are very talkative.
  • Siamese cats don’t like being alone for a long time.
  • They love to be along with their human companion.
  • Its interesting their colour can change based on temperature.

6. Ragdoll

ragdoll cat

Ragdoll is a large cat with different colour points and blue eyes. Ragdolls are one of the most laid back cat breeds. These cats are extremely relaxed and gentle in nature.

Ragdolls are a great family pet cat and they even like being around children and other pets. They love to greet you when you go home and will sleep with you in your bed. They are quiet cats and it won’t be a disturbance if you are intolerant to noise.

If you are looking to adopt a cat that is friendly, affectionate, quiet and laid back then look no further ragdoll is just the right pet cat for you.

Origin United States
TemperamentAffectionate, Friendly, Gentle and Quiet
Life Span12-15+ years
Colourlight colour with dark ears and tail, blue eyes Know more about their colour
Cat stats

Catches to note:

  • Ragdolls are large cats.
  • They are very relaxed and quiet cat breeds.
  • They generally don’t prefer to climb shelves they are happy on the ground.
  • They are good with other pets and children.

7. Maine Coon

Maine Coon cat breed

Maine Coons are one of the biggest domestic cat breeds in the world. These cats are affectionate, playful, friendly and most importantly good hunters. They come in different colours and patterns with long hair.

These cats can easily adapt to different lifestyles and then can entertain themselves if you can’t provide them attention. They don’t like to be a lap cat but they will love to be near you.

Maine Coons loves learning tricks and performing them. You can teach them to fetch. They are a quiet cat and they love to play in the water. These cats need regular grooming for their long hair coat.

These cats are good hunters as said earlier they leave no space for rodent in your home. Maine Coons are becoming very famous cats in India.

Origin United States
TemperamentAffectionate, Friendly, Gentle, Good hunters and Quiet
Life Span10-13 years
ColourVariety of colours with different patterns and long hair.
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • They are large and heavy cats.
  • They are good hunters.
  • They are not good lap cats but still will love to be around you.
  • They love to play in the water.

8. American Bobtail

american bob tail

American Bobtails are known for their distinctive tails that are natural. They are medium to large in size which comes in different colours and patterns. They are muscular and heavy cats. These cats come it two different coat types short hair and long hair

These cats are smart, affectionate and friendly. They love to learn tricks and play. If trained they can even walk on a leash. American Bobtail can adapt to different places making it easy for you to take them when travelling.

American Bobtails are quiet than other cat breeds and are good with children its the reason why they are becoming popular in India.

Origin United States
TemperamentAffectionate, Friendly, Gentle and Quiet
Life Span13-15 years
Colourdifferent colours and patterns
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • They are quiet and can be suitable for an apartment living.
  • They are adaptable to location changes.
  • They can be trained to do tricks.

9. British Shorthair

british short hair cat

British Shorthairs are easy-going and Independent cat breeds. These cats are generally quiet and they don’t like being petted as much as other cats. They are not very active and are generally laid back.

British Shorthairs come in different colours but grey one remains they popular choice. These cats are gaining popularity in India but not very popular like other cats.

Origin United Kingdom
TemperamentIndependent, Gentle and Quiet
Life Span12-17 years
Colourdifferent colours and patterns most popular being the grey.
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • They are independent cats.
  • They don’t like being carried around.
  • They are quiet and laid back.

10. Exotic Shorthair

exotic shorthair cat india

Exotic Shorthair is the short-haired version of Persian cats. These cats are affectionate and playful. They like to play with toys and most importantly they like to be with people.

They are generally laid back they love to be near you. As they have a short coat they don’t shed like a Persian cat but still, need grooming. These cats are gaining popularity in India.

OriginUnited States
TemperamentAffectionate, Friendly, Gentle and Quiet
Life Span12-15 years
Colourdifferent colours and patterns
Cat stats
Catches to note:
  • They love to sit next to you.
  • They are generally quiet and relaxed.
  • They don’t shed much like the Persian cat but still needs grooming.

Final Catch:

These are the list of popular and best cat breeds in India. If you have any questions or suggestions leave it in the comments below. Be responsible when adopting a pet cat!


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2 thoughts on “10 Popular Cat Breeds in India

  • November 5, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    This list proved to be really helpful, but I wanna ask that do Ragdolls require regular grooming or is there some hair shedding problem with them??


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