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12 Cat Breeds For The Active Cat Parent

Although cats aren’t likely to go on runs and long hikes with their owners the way dogs do, there are certainly plenty of cats that can be appreciated by cat-loving athletes. Within the cat world, there are several cat breeds who’d be happy for a day on the trail or going for a swim with thier parents. 

Certain breeds are impressively athletic and will have no problem keeping up on a brisk walk or in active play. Some of these high energy kitties may need so much play and exercise to stay happy and healthy, they would do well with cat accessories like cat wheels or cat agility training. If you’re looking for an athletic cat breed that loves to stay active, this list is for you.

12 Cat Breeds for Active Parents

#1 – Egyptian Mau


The Egyptian Mau is the fastest cat breed, reaching speeds of up to 30mph. They are active and curious cats with powerful legs that help them leap up onto very high shelves and counters. The breed is also known for being easy to train.

#2 – Abyssinian


The Abyssinian is a very active breed that rarely sits still. They excel at cat agility, food puzzle games and learning tricks. Abyssinians can get bored when left home alone for extended periods and does well with another companion to play with.

#3 – Somali


The Somali is the long-coated version of the Abyssinian and can be trained just as easily as its short-haired cousin. Somalis are very affectionate and active companions, often greeting their owners at the door with great excitement. They are easy to teach to walk on a leash as well.

#4 – Savannah

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The Savannah is a hybrid and maintains many of its wild ancestor’s traits. Originating from domestic cats and the African Serval, Savannahs are known to be one of the most athletic cat breeds, especially in their ability to jump and climb to high places.

#5 – Bengal

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Bengals look exotic, but are a purely domesticated breed. That said, they certainly have a wilder personality. Bengals are very active cats that are easy to train and eager to go on walks with their owners.

#6 – Manx

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The Manx is a tailless cat with an athletic attitude that might take you by surprise. These cats are very playful and active, known for zipping through the house as quickly as they can. They will play tirelessly with their owners and need an outlet for their energy.

#7 – Oriental Shorthair


The Oriental Shorthair is long, lean and athletic and is commonly found on top of refrigerators, high shelves and even opening drawers! They are a very active breed that will gladly entertain themselves should their owners not be willing or able, so be prepared for a cat that might get into some trouble while you’re away.

#8 – Ocicat

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The Ocicat was built for agility and was developed by crossbreeding some of the most athletic breeds listed here. This wild-looking cat is large, powerful and fast – a combination that might overwhelm some owners. They’re very active and enjoy spending as much time with their owners as possible.

#9 – Siamese


The Siamese is not only one of the most talkative cat breeds, it’s also one of the most active. Siamese are known for being the silly clowns of the cat world as they are easy to train and enjoy learning new tricks. If you can’t entertain them, they’ll likely entertain themselves. Many owner have reported that their Siamese cats will open drawers, turn on faucets and even hide in cabinets!

#10 – Balinese


The Balinese is the long-haired relative of the Siamese and it sports many of the athletic qualities its cousin possesses. They enjoy agility training and walking on leash outside with their owners and make excellent active companions.

#11 – Cornish Rex


Considered the Greyhound of the cat world, the Cornish Rex is extremely agile and athletic. They are naturally curious and very active cats that enjoy learning all sorts of new tricks and behaviors.

#12 – Devon Rex


The Devon Rex is not necessarily as active as the rest of the cats on this list, but that’s just because the breed has a calmer personality. Devon Rex cats are easily as athletic as the rest of their feline cousins and will play tirelessly with their owners. When your walk, play or training is done, they will happily curl up in your lap the rest of the evening.

Kelli Brinegar
Kelli Brinegar
To say Kelli loves cats is an understatement. Ever since her parents put a cat in her crib, the feline kind have been her best friends. Now, she loves to hang out at home with her kitty clowder while reading, writing, and doing her best to keep her house plants alive.