Most Energetic Cat BreedsIt's too bad that cats have a stereotype of being cold, indifferent, and lazy. That's not true! Many cat breeds love to run, jump and play, and even play fetch and go for walks! If you have an active lifestyle and are looking for the purr-fect companion, then this list is for you! Please note that this is NOT a measure of how "good a pet" these breeds are. Both athletic and more laid-back cats can make great pets. Also note that while activity level is important in picking out your new friend, also consider the grooming required, how vocal they are, and independence. For my original rankings, I will only consider cats that are in CFA's 41 championship breeds. Therefore, exotic hybrids (Savannah, Bengal, Chausie), which are not fully domesticated, dwarf breeds (Munchkin, Skookum, Napolean, etc.), and other lesser-known breeds (Arabian Mau, Mekong Bobtail, German Rex, among others) will not be listed. Also note that "tabby" refers to a coat marking, not a breed.
The Top Ten
This elegant cat breed is easily recognizable by its long legs, large ears, and distinctive ticked coat. Abyssinians are very playful, athletic, and have a short attention span. Owners of the Aby describe their companions as busy; they always seem to be on a mission, whether it's sprinting laps around your house, scaling the bookshelf, or pouncing out at you from inside a tunnel. Abyssinians can be trained to play fetch, and some even like water.
I have a cat who is part Abyssinian and he is always on the go.
This cat can learn more tricks than most dogs can(I say one jump through a hoop, the owner wasn't training it for a circus or a show either.)
This long-haired cousin of the Abyssinian is purr-fect for anyone who wants a cat with a high activity level, but also wants to spend some time grooming. The Somali, with its vibrant coat and plumed tail, is said to look like a fox! The Somali, like its Abyssinian relatives, is extremely smart and has been known to be able to open cabinets and doors. While this may sound annoying to you, it also means that they can be easily trained to play fetch or run an agility course. At a recent cat show, I even saw one Somali being walked around on a leash!
What beautiful green eyes!
These curly-coated cats act like kittens their whole lives! Despite their slender appearance, these cats are extremely muscular athletic and they love to play fetch! The Cornish Rex loves people and is purr-fect for a family who wants an active cat who will be right in the middle of the action.
Although they share a similarly curly coat, the pixie-like Devon is an entirely separate breed from the Cornish Rex. The Devon Rex is always full of mischief, which has earned it its name, "monkey in a cat suit". These cats love playing interactive games with their humans, including fetch and hide-and-seek. The Devon Rex isn't all active all the time. They take it slow from time-to-time by perching on the shoulder of their favorite human.
These muscular cats with one of the softest coats around are like "bricks wrapped in silk". Confident, spirited, and fearless, Burmese cats never fail to amaze their humans to jump like a pro. Burmese love interacting with their humans and will readily engage you in a game of fetch. Unlike some of the other athletic breeds, Burmese are very affectionate and will always be ready for a cuddle.
Please note that this also applies to the European Burmese, which comes in six additional colors.
Tonkinese cats so cute and energetic. THey love playing and they are super intelligint
Originally a mix between the Siamese and Burmese cats, the Tonks, as they're lovingly called, inherited the voice of the Siamese and the playfulness of the Burmese. These cats love to play fetch, hide-and-seek, and tag. They're superstar climbers, so your Tonk (and your curtains) would greatly appreciate cat trees and scratching posts. Similarly to the Burmese, Tonks will enjoy some lap time to break up their workout. Tonks are highly in-tune with their humans' emotions, which is why they are also highly sought after as therapy cats. Tonks get along with everyone, from small children, to other pets.
While many of the cats at the recent show ignored the toys when placed on the judging table, the American Bobtail stole the show by leaping and batting at the toy, and when the judging was finished, sealing the deal with giving the judge a high-five! No wonder she was chosen as best in show. Whether strutting its stuff in the show ring or in your home, the American Bobtail is a great companion. American Bobtails are sturdy, muscular cats. Combined with that short to semi-long-haired coat and bobbed tail, these cats look almost like a lynx! American Bobtails can play for hours on end, whether its game of choice is fetch, hide- and-seek, or taking a swim. American Bobtails have powerful hind legs, enabling them to leap to amazing heights (teaser toy, watch out.) As a large breed, (a healthy male cat can weigh around 20 pounds), American Bobtails are slow to mature. If you want a playful cat, the American Bobtail's being a kitten for several years is an added bonus.
While these cats are not hyper and active all the time, the Egyptian Mau is an incredible athlete. The Egyptian Mau is more than just muscle, however, they are incredibly beautiful, as the only naturally spotted breed of cat. Egyptian Maus have a Cheetah-like build, enabling them to run over 30 miles an hour, making them the fastest domestic cat. They can jump, too! With powerful hind legs allowing them to leap over 6 feet from a standstill, there is no perch in your house that the Egyptian Mau will leave unexplored. Egyptian Maus love interacting with their humans, especially with their favorite humans. Playing with a teaser toy helps Egyptian Maus to fulfill their daily quota for exercise, interaction with you, and sharpening their excellent hunting skills.
With adult females weighing in at as little as 4 pounds, the Singapura is the tiniest of all cat breeds. They don't let their size limit them, however, they can run and jump with the best of them. Puras, as they're affectionately called, love their humans and are known as "pesky little people cats". Puras keep their kitten-like playfulness and curiosity their whole lives. They love being in the middle of the action and will follow you everywhere and help you with your household chores.
Although I didn't personally add Bengal to this list, it is fitting that someone has, because on April 30, 2016, Bengals have been added to CFA's miscellaneous class. The Bengal was originally developed in the sixties, when Jean Mill bred a domestic cat to the Asian Leopard Cat. While the Asian Leopard Cat is a shy, timid creature, the Bengal is bold and outgoing. Those wild roots make the Bengal an extremely athletic and energetic breed, and they stay this way their whole life. Bengals love to play and learn tricks, and their love for water means they'll even follow you into the shower. Most Bengals considered "domestic enough" to be pets are four generations removed from the wild (F4). However, please keep in mind before inviting a Bengal into your home that this does not compare to the thousands of years of domestication of the standard house cat.
Siamese cats are definitely NOT lazy! They're the most energetic by far of all cat breeds. My 3 Siamese cats were always very energetic & totally ADORABLE.
Siamese cats are EXTREMELY ENERGETIC! My Siamese cats could run like the wind!
Lazy? Bunkum! Siamese cats are the most energetic cats of all.
Nothing lazy about Siamese cats. They are extremely agile and fast.
Essentially a long-haired Siamese, the Balinese is named for the graceful dancers from the island of Bali. These cats are just as athletic as they are graceful, and would enjoy many of the same games as their Siamese cousins. They are also just as smart as the Siamese, in fact, they're considered the most intelligent of the long-haired breeds.
Say hello to the feline agility master! Japanese Bobtails can be easily trained to run the course that includes stairs, hurdles, and weave poles. They are a purr-fect pick for anyone who wants to teach their cat tricks, which can include walking on a leash!
When breeders bred an Abyssinian to a Siamese, in the hopes of producing an Abyssinian pointed Siamese, they were shocked when a spotted kitten was the result! This new breed was called Ocicat, because it resembles the wild Ocelot. American Shorthairs were later added to the Ocicat lines, which gave them their muscular build. Ocicats are said to have inherited the American Shorthair's affectionate nature as well as the crazy antics of the Abyssinian and Siamese cats. Ocicats are active cats, and love climbing! They also are bonded to their humans, and follow them around like dogs.
While touring Norway with my family as a child, something I remember most is the Norwegian Forest Cat who lived at our hotel and who, every morning, would wander into the dining room in the hopes of snagging some tasty human food. This is a very old breed in Norway, although they are still fairly new, and quite rare in the US. Norwegian Forest Cats are moderately active. They will tear around the house during playtime, and then restore their energy with a long nap.
Orientals are like the Siamese in designer jeans. Originally bred as an experiment in color, Orientals come in over 600 color and pattern combinations. Orientals are playful, intelligent, and vocal, just like their Siamese cousins.
Also cousins of the Siamese, these cats love working out! Playing fetch with you is a great way for them to keep in shape and show off their intelligence.