4 Best Cat Breeds for Apartment Living


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It can go without saying that it can be hard to find an apartment that works out for you. Between locations, prices, and lease agreements, it is already hard enough for most people to find an apartment they like. 

However, finding an apartment that will allow pets is even more difficult. 

The question then becomes a matter of finding out which breed of cat is going to be suitable for apartment life.

The Difference Between a House Cat and an Apartment Cat

There are many things that make houses and apartments different, but for pets there is a separate set of circumstances and expectations that need to be met. For example, most houses are fine if a cat is loud and talkative but in apartments with thinner walls, the neighbors may not appreciate listening to your cat meow in the middle of the night. 

Likewise, cats that are active and run through the house at top speeds can be amusing, but in apartments, it can be annoying to neighbors and can mean the difference between having a cat and not having a cat when management steps in.

With all of that being said, in order to find which cat breed is going to be the best indoor cat breed for you, you will need to think about what personality qualities are going to be necessary for apartment life. 

This will help you narrow down your choices so that you can work on finding which cat is going to be the one that you take home with you. The good news is that there will be several breeds to choose from, each with its own striking personalities.

What Do Apartment Cats Need?

In the smaller living space of an apartment, a cat that needs constant attention and a stimulating environment is not going to be the best choice as this can quickly result in scratched walls and your neighbors forced to listen to your cat howling in the middle of the night. 

Instead, most apartment cats are going to need to be the quiet, laid-back type. Additionally, depending on the apartment you choose, you may also need to look for cats that do not shed at all or shed minimally, as some apartments do not appreciate cat hair in the vents.

Other qualities of an apartment cat will be more dependent on personal situations but you should be prepared to consider the following: 

  • You may need to make sure that the cat breed is friendly and will not attack other pets in the complex. 
  • The cat should not be an overly territorial breed for the same reasons. 
  • The cat should also be independent enough that you can leave it alone for up to eight hours at a time, whether this will be at night when you are sleeping or during the day while you are working.

These are all of the things that you will want to consider when searching for the best cat breeds for apartments. 

While this might seem to be a list that cuts out a lot of cat breeds, there are actually quite a few breeds that can fit the bill and become your companion when you decide to move to an apartment building.

Our Picks for Best Cats for Apartments and Small Spaces

The Ragdoll Cat

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These cats are well known for being sociable, friendly, and outgoing cats. In fact, they get their name from the fact that they often become a ragdoll when held, allowing you to carry your cat around with you wherever you go in the apartment. 

Despite that friendly disposition, they are not inherently needy or demanding. They can keep themselves comfortable if you do not give them attention throughout the middle of the night. They are not considerably vocal, meaning that you won’t have to deal with them howling and yowling for attention but you may be pleased to hear some soft meowing every now and then.

These cats are good personal cats as they love to sit on your lap. What makes these cats even better is that they are often considered “indoor-only” cats, meaning that they can live comfortably without ever stepping a foot outside the apartment building. 

Their laid-back personality means that if they are introduced to other animals in the apartment complex, they will react more with curiosity and friendliness, rather than aggression or fear.

The Persian Cat

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These cats are famous for their long fur and their good looks but do keep in mind that they require daily grooming to keep up those good looks. 

These cats may only be suitable for people who stay in their apartments for the majority of the day as they tend to be somewhat needy and dependent on their owners, wanting to spend time with you and being near you most of the day. 

This affectionate personality means that you will have a loving, friendly companion during your stay at the apartment, though. It also means that if the cat comes into contact with other animals in the apartment building, it will be curious to meet them and will not be all that territorial.

They have a placid demeanor, meaning that you may not have to worry about providing the most stimulating environment and that you and your Persian cat can laze about on the couch together. 

While these cats may not make the best companions for people who are busy and can’t spend time taking care of and grooming the cat, Persians make the best feline companions for people who are happy to devote their time to their feline friend. 

The best part about this breed is that there’s a good chance your neighbors won’t even know that you have a cat, given their quiet nature.

The British Shorthair

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If there is any cat that is known to adapt to small apartment life easily, then it is going to be the British shorthair. 

These cats have short fur, as the name suggests, that will be easy to clean up after and deal with. They are not particularly needy when it comes to a stimulating environment and as long as they have a place to sit and some time to play with you, they will be just as happy living in an apartment as they would on a sprawling farm. 

They are known for being quiet cats that have a friendly disposition, meaning that there won’t be any quarrels or territory fights if your British shorthair meets any other animals in the apartment building. These cats will often bond with their owners quickly, becoming a cuddly and friendly companion for any apartment dweller.

The Russian Blue

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These gorgeous cats are perfect for apartments and especially for people who live a busy working life. These cats are affectionate, loving to spend time with their owners but also being independent enough that it can spend a fair portion of the day alone and having its own fun. 

It may need a few extra toys around the apartment to keep itself entertained throughout the working day; however, by the time you come home, you can expect to find your apartment exactly the way you left it without any trouble or destruction caused by an anxious cat. These cats are known to have a shy streak so while they might not be particularly welcoming toward other animals or people, they will not necessarily become territorial or aggressive. Instead, they will be loyal to you and excited for when you come home so that you can play with your apartment-suitable Russian blue cat.

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