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What cat is the most lazy?

Top 10 Laziest Animals

In our busy world, it’s always nice to have a day on the sofa relaxing. But for many animals, every day is a lazy day, with some spending only a few hours awake!

10. Pygmy bluetongue lizard

The pygmy bluetongue lizard is incredibly elusive and was at one point thought to be extinct. Native to Australia, they live in spider burrows and feed on passing insects. They don’t actively catch their prey though, preferring instead to lay in the burrow with their head pointing up toward the entrance waiting for something to fall in. They don’t even leave to drink, relying instead on raindrops and dew that form around the burrow opening. As lazy as their lifestyle may sound though, it’s mostly a form of predator avoidance.

9. Cuckoo

Nothing says lazy like laying your eggs in the nest of other birds, so you don’t have to look after them, and that is precisely what cuckoos do! Rather than taking on the demands of parenthood, they leave their eggs in the nests of other species, such as robins and warblers, leaving them to raise their demanding chicks as their own, a tactic known as brood parasitism.

8. Nurse shark

Given that many shark species need to keep swimming to breathe, you wouldn’t think them lazy, but the nurse shark is a different matter. They don’t migrate like many species and spend most of their time lying motionless on the seabed, an activity made possible by the fact they can actively pump water over their gills. Not needing to eat much to sustain their lifestyle, they spend much of the day sleeping and hunt at night for fish, molluscs and crustaceans. They’re not known for their hunting skills though and feed by sucking up their prey.

7. Giant panda

Giant pandas are well-known for their bumbling and sluggish nature. They sleep for around 10 hours a day, for roughly three hours at a time, and will nap pretty much anywhere. When awake, they spend most of their time eating. Their food of choice, bamboo, is low in nutrients, so they need to consume around 44 lb (20 kg) a day to get what they need. With all that sleeping and eating, it’s no wonder they do little else!

6. Echidna

Also known as the spiny anteater, echidnas are very slow moving and sleep for roughly 12 hours a day. They have a low body temperature for a mammal and cannot pant or sweat which means they struggle with warmer temperatures. They are usually more active at night and probably sleep the day away to avoid dealing with the hot Australian sun.

5. Python

Pythons are slow-moving animals that tend to be fairly inactive. They sleep for up to 18 hours a day normally and tire quickly. When digesting food, which happens once a week when they feed, they sleep more. And, before shedding, which is very energy-demanding, they may sleep for a week to prepare.

4. Hippopotamus

Hippos have truly mastered the art of lazing around and sleep for 16 to 20 hours each day. When on land, you’ll often see them basking in the sun and napping together in large groups, but they don’t just sleep on land; they take their naps to the water to and even manage to rise to the surface to breathe while still snoozing. Hippos are herbivorous and do most of their foraging at night. They can spend an impressive five hours at a time just grazing on grass.

3. Opossum

Opossums are champion sleepers, getting an impressive 18 to 20 hours of sleep a day. They are incredibly slow-moving, and once they find a place that provides the food and shelter they need, they stay, only opting to move if absolutely necessary.

2. Sloth

When people think of the word “lazy”, sloths are often one of the first animals to come to mind, and it’s not surprising. They sleep for up to 20 hours a day and are known for being extremely slow-moving. They live in the tropical rainforests of South America and spend most of their time hanging from tree branches, moving only when necessary. It can take them several hours to do anything, after which they usually rest some more.

1. koala

Koalas are known for their laziness and sleeping abilities, spending only two to six hours awake every day. Their diet is to blame for their sleepiness though. Eucalyptus leaves contain toxins, are very high in fibre and thus take a lot of energy to digest.

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10 Lazy Cat Breeds (with Pictures)

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Nonetheless, some breeds are naturally more docile or low-energy, making them ideal for people looking for a couch partner.

If you are looking for a cat with a laid-back personality, you have come to the right place. The following are 10 cat breeds that are exceptionally lazy even by cat standards.


The 10 Lazy Cat Breeds Are:

1. Ragdoll


Ragdolls have the most befitting name of any cat breed because they tend to go limp as soon as you pick them up. Unlike most cats, ragdolls find immense delight in being picked up and carried around. This cat is so lazy that it is highly unlikely that it will land on its feet if you decide to drop it.

As you can imagine, Ragdolls are as mellow and docile as they come. They are also delightful and affectionate. Nonetheless, despite their sweet nature and love for cuddling, ragdolls are remarkably independent. They are not over needy for attention, which in our opinion, only adds to their charm since you cannot help but want to reassure them.

Most Ragdoll owners describe these cats to be “dog-like” because they love playing fetch, in addition to being accepting of leashes.

2. Ragamuffin


The Ragamuffin is a variation of the Ragdoll. The only difference between them is that Ragamuffins have more colors and patterns than ragdolls. The Ragamuffin breed came about when breeders decided to have Ragdolls that sported colors and patterns that are not accepted in the standard Ragdoll.

Other than that, Ragamuffins are just like Ragdolls; they love being carried out and won’t miss out on an opportunity to sit in your lap. Like Ragdolls, Ragamuffins will follow you around, as they do not like being alone.

This breed gets along with other pets and children.

3. Maine Coon

Maine Coon

Let us appreciate the fact that the largest of all house cats has a laid-back disposition. It is chilling to imagine the damage an 18-pound cat is capable of if it decides to go full-throttle. Fortunately, Maine Coons are true gentle giants, preferring to lounge around all day.

This giant cat is incredibly affectionate to its owners, following them around the house for company.

Maine Coons seem to be aware of their size, as they tend not to sit in the laps of their owners; they will prefer to lie beside you instead. However, they are not beyond accepting bribes for cuddles.

Maine Coons are easy to care for, as they do not require lots of grooming. Despite a Maine Coon’s large size, it makes an excellent pet for beginners.

4. Persian


This cat breed is so lazy that they have earned themselves the moniker “furniture with fur.” Between these and Ragdolls, it is a toss-up as to whom is the laziest of all house cats. Persians will only move to eat or visit the litter box, and that is it!

The Persian cat is mellow, docile, and incredibly accommodating of pestering by young kids and pets. Nonetheless, every cat has a breaking point; therefore, it would be best to teach the kids to respect this cat to avoid injuries from unexpected scratches. In fact, Persians do not do well in noisy homes.

This cat also requires lots of grooming to keep its coat in good condition.

5. Exotic Shorthair

Exotic shorthair cat

The Exotic Shorthair is essentially a Persian cat with a short coat; otherwise, they are the same cat. As such, exotics are a good fit for people who love Persians but are not looking forward to the hassle of grooming a Persian’s long coat.

Like Persians, exotics are sweet and laid-back, enjoying nothing more than being petted. However, unlike Persians, the Exotic Shorthair is content with being alone. This breed’s personality also varies between sexes, with males having a sweeter disposition. Females, on the other hand, tend to be rather aloof.

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6. British Shorthair

British Shorthair cat

The British Shorthair has an aristocrat’s demeanor; it is calm, cool, collected, and has impeccable manners. British Shorthairs are anything but destructive, preferring to lay on their favorite spot and watch events unfold around them.

But these cats are not terribly affectionate. In fact, one would describe them as being somewhat aloof. Nonetheless, they will remind you they love you occasionally by following you around the house or by accepting cuddling.

7. Korat


With its stunning emerald eyes and silver-blue coat, the Korat is one gorgeous kitty. It is no wonder that this cat is considered a good luck charm in its native home of Thailand.

While the Korat loves nothing more than kicking back and relaxing, this breed does not mind playing with its owners. Korats are also one of the most affectionate cat breeds globally, which is why they are so highly sought-after.

8. Selkirk Rex

curly-haired selkirk rex cat

The Selkirk Rex arguably has the most luxurious coat of any house feline, which is perhaps why they are among the most popular breeds today. Looks aside, Selkirk Rexes are also popular for their cheerful dispositions, making them excellent family cats.

Nonetheless, the Selkirk Rex is not overly energetic, preferring to laze around the house instead.

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9. Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold is a gentle and affectionate breed that forms deep bonds with its owners. This breed might not be as lazy as the ones above but can hold its own when it comes to the game of doing nothing.

Scottish Folds have a genuine fear of being alone. Therefore, do not adopt this cat if you cannot provide them with company. They also do not like excessive petting or cuddling.

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10. American Shorthair

American Shorthair cat

The American Shorthair is an incredibly friendly but laid-back kitty that gets along with just about any person or pet in the household. Unfortunately, these cats are susceptible to excessive weight gain. Therefore, you will have to force this lazy kitty to play, in addition to controlling their diet to prevent obesity.


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Nicole is the proud mom of 3 rescue fur babies, Baby, a Burmese cat; Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway; and Mac, a Lab/Mastiff. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband and new baby daughter in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ know ledge with pet lovers across the globe. . Read more

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