Seniors are more likely to want a mellow cat over an active one. There are a number of cat breeds who are much more laid back, some are still affectionate and love a lap, others are a little more independent.
Bear in mind that some of these breeds have long hair and will require regular grooming (either by you or a pet groomer) to ensure their coat remains mat free. Mats are more than just a nuisance, they can become quite painful as the tangled up fur eventually begins to pull on the skin.
Most kittens, even those from the breeds listed below are playful and active. Some breeds remain active well into middle age while others tend to calm down fairly early on. It may be worth considering an older cat if you would like to avoid the playful kitten stage. Breeders sometimes look to re-home ex-breeding cats once they are a few years old and shelters are always full of adult cats looking for a second chance in life.
The Birman is an affectionate, gentle and intelligent cat. They are known to be playful, but not over the top. They enjoy the company of people and can be known to form a close bond with one person in particular.
The Ragdoll is a loving and placid cat who is known for his affectionate and laid back personality. They love to follow you around the house and “help” with anything you may be doing.
The “teddy bear” of the cat family. British Shorthairs are a good natured breed of cat, while playful as a kitten, they tend to mellow out quickly. They are independent in nature and happy to spend their days happily amusing themselves (often snoozing).
Russian Blues are a quiet but loving breed of cat. They like to be close to their human companions but generally stay out of trouble. The Russian is not an overly active cat and gets on well with people, children, and other pets.
Moggy (domestic shorthair)
Coat: Shorthair or long hair
Moggies come in all shapes and sizes, some are active, some are more laid back. The best place to adopt a moggy is from your shelter, where they can match you with the right cat to suit your needs. An older moggy is a great idea for people looking for a quieter and more laid back cat.
Persians are sweet and gentle cats. They are extremely affectionate and bond well with humans. They get along well with other pets and people but tend to avoid boisterous younger children.
Coat: Shorthair or Longhair
The Burmilla came about from an accidental mating between a Chinchilla (silver Persian), and a Burmese, but is now a breed in their own right. They are more active than the Persian but quieter than the Burmese. Playful without being overly active. Burmillas are affectionate, gentle and enjoy being a part of the family.
The Scottish fold is a quiet, loyal and intelligent breed of cat. They get on well with people and other pets.
Snowshoes are sweet-tempered, intelligent, and loyal. They get along well with people and other pets. They are more vocal than other breeds listed on this page, but not as noisy as their Siamese cousins.
The Exotic is a short haired Persian. They are a little livelier than their Persian cousins but still considered to be a laid back and quiet cat. They are a quiet breed, but when they do talk, it is said to be soft and pleasant.