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Best Cats for Apartments: The Perfect Companion for Apartment-Dwellers

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Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

Apartment living can get quite lonely. That’s why you may be tempted to find a furry friend that can keep you company and greet you at the doorstep when you come home. Most apartments don’t allow dogs, but many do allow cats since they are more suited for living in a small space. There are many cat breeds out there so finding the best cats for apartments will not be an easy task, but don’t worry because we are going to help you.

According to our in-house experts, the best apartment cats are those that have a calm temperament so they will thrive in an indoor, enclosed environment. For the same reason, the cat should not be overly energetic and should be able to entertain themselves when their owner has to be away for certain periods of time. If you agree with our assessment that that is the kind of cat you need, this article will guide you into finding that perfect housemate.

Little cat enjoying the couch in the apartment

After detailed research, we have come up with some of the best cats for apartment living. Before we get to the actual recommendations, we’ll explain more about the traits that you should look for and the issues that you need to anticipate so that the new apartment life with your furry roommate will be smooth-sailing.

What Kind of Cat is Suitable for Apartment Living?

Before you adopt a cat and bring him home to your apartment, there are certain things to consider. Taking these factors into account will ensure that you find the best cat possible that will adapt seamlessly to your individual apartment lifestyle.

It can be tricky living with a cat in a small room. To find the kind of cat that suits apartment living, you’ll have to anticipate some potential problems so you’ll be able to pick a cat that won’t trouble you with them. Those problems are:

Pooping

Even though cats don’t poop around carelessly like dogs, they can still miss pooping at the right place. If your apartment is a small one, it will quickly become saturated with an unpleasant odor, and you may get in trouble with your landlord or your neighbors because of that. That’s why you’ll want to go for an intelligent cat that can be trained on potty manners.

Image showing a little cat sitting in the litter box

If you think that all cats can be potty trained easily—since it is their instinct to seek out a designated place to poop at—you’re wrong. I live with two cats, and one of them simply refuses to understand that he needs to poop in his litter box no matter how many times I’ve taught him. Even if I manage to get him to do it today, he’ll forget all about the lesson the very next day.

Cat Hair

Another problem that people living with cats in small rooms often face is the cat hair. If you have a tiny space, you’ll find it difficult to relax because every surface will be covered in cat hair before you know it.

Image showing a person dealing with the cat hair

This can be problematic as the hair contains dander which some family members can be allergic to. To avoid this, pick a cat that doesn’t shed much. Coupled with proper cleaning techniques, disaster can be averted.

Temperament

If you live in a small apartment room, consider going for a fur friend that has the following traits:

  • Should not be over territorial
  • Easy to interact with and sociable
  • Can adapt easily to being alone when you are not around
  • Friendly to strangers (guests)
  • Should not be too active

Don’t go for a cat that has a high energy level because they need quite a lot of space to work off that energy. The cat may end up ruining your sofa or knocking things over if there’s not enough space for him to run around in.

The Best Cat Breeds For Apartment Living

Having looked at the things you need to take into consideration before bringing a cat to your apartment, we can go on to look at some of the best indoor cats and the reasons why we can comfortably live with them in small apartment rooms. Here are the best cat breeds to choose from for those of you who live in an apartment:

Maine Coon

Maine Coon is a friendly type of cat that will always give you their time and affection no matter what. They are known to be gentle and easy going. Make sure your apartment is on the spacious side before you adopt a Maine Coon, though, because they can grow rather large.

Close-up image of the maine-coon-cat

They are intelligent enough to be trained to use a litter box easily. Their friendliness also allows them to bond easily with family members and other pets at home.

Siamese

Siamese is widely considered as the most vocal of all cats, so they may not be a good choice if your neighbor is sensitive to noises. But if you can afford to keep them, these cats are highly intelligent and can be trained to do feline tricks—making them a good and entertaining company.

Siamese cat looking at the camera

They are also affectionate, so they make a great companion for singles who live in an apartment. Fully grown Siamese cats weigh only around twelve pounds. They are usually quite slender, so your apartment won’t get crowded. These cats also have short hair that makes maintenance quite easy and simple.

Manx

Some are long haired while others are short haired. The characteristic that stands out with these cats is that they are tailless in some cases. Despite this, they are still fast, playful and protective. They won’t grow large as even when fully grown their body weight only ranges from eight to twelve pounds.

Image showing the Manx cat sitting in the grass

Their maintenance highly depends on the type of hair they have. It is recommended that you go for a short-haired one if your apartment is small. These cats won’t get stressed even if they have to spend their whole life in your small apartment because they love indoor living.

Exotic Shorthair

Gentle, laid back, and easy going, this breed is widely considered one of the best lap cats in the world. They weigh an average of eight to fourteen pounds. The round shape of their faces resembles that of Persian cats—giving them the nickname “Lazy man’s Persian.”

Image showing a brown exotic shorthair cat, focusing in the foreground

Their short coats don’t require frequent grooming. These cats are always calm and quiet, and they aren’t demanding or pushy. They are also affectionate. Their laid-back nature makes them one of the best cats for apartment living.

Sphynx

Famous for being hairless, contrary to their rather scary appearance, Sphynxes are usually friendly even to strangers. The size of adult cats ranges between six and twelve pounds. Their naked skin means they are highly susceptible to sunburns, and that’s the reason why they are mostly confined indoors.

Sphynx cat has green eyes, green grass in pot near it

They typically don’t like to roam around, which is a good thing, especially for apartment living. These cats are highly devoted to their owner but can also be social around house guests.

Russian Blue

These cats are an awesome lot with striking blue eyes adding to their splendid steel-grey coat. Russian Blues are very intelligent and well-behaved. Therefore this cat won’t soil the house, making it suitable for apartment living.

Russian Blue cat laying down

Apart from that, they are also friendly with children and other pets like dogs. Still, they are shy around strangers and would hide when they spot anyone they don’t know. If you don’t bring guests home to your apartment often, this is the cat for you.

Ragdoll

The name Ragdoll comes from how these cats become limp when picked up. If you’re looking for a good company that will make your apartment life less lonely, this is the one. This cat freely welcomes children and family dogs. They are very easy going.

Image showing two Ragdoll cats playing together

They are most preferably kept indoors as the fact that they trust so easily can put them in danger when left to roam the outdoors freely. If your apartment is very small, however, you may want to choose another breed as Ragdolls can grow quite large. When fully grown they weigh between fifteen and twenty pounds. They also have a thick coat, which makes them a relatively high maintenance cat.

Munchkin

These cats are small in size and adorable. They have some very short limbs, but despite that, they are still agile and outgoing. They weigh about five to nine pounds maximum when fully grown. Other than their small size, these cats are suitable for apartment living because they are friendly and they have a short coat, which makes for easy maintenance.

Munchkin cat chewing on drum stick

Although, they can also be little troublemakers. It’s preferable that they are kept by singles because these cats crave attention. If you don’t give them the much-required attention, they would often get into trouble.

Persian

Fully grown Persians weigh between seven and twelve pounds. Persians may have long luxurious coats, so you wouldn’t think they are suitable for apartment living, but due to their peaceful and sedentary nature, they are good for apartments as they don’t unnecessarily disturb their owners.

Close-up of a white persian cat

They are also selective about who they devote their loyalty to so they wouldn’t possibly get lost following everyone in the apartment.

Scottish Fold

These cats are playful and friendly. They grow up to between nine and thirteen pounds. The fact that they have short coats that don’t require a lot of maintenance and their small size make them well-suited for apartments.

Scottish Fold cat laying down and looking at the camera

Their playful nature makes them a great companion for singles as you would find yourself looking forward to going back home to them after a long day. They also make good travel companions.

British Short Hair

This is a hardy cat breed which can adapt quite nicely to apartment life. This cat is a friendly one and is a great choice for people who like petting and sitting with cats on their lap.

British Shorthair Cat laying down near the couch

This cat is also quite independent, so they are suitable for a working pet owner who doesn’t have a lot of free time. They don’t like to go to high places, so they won’t knock things over. This cat is perfect if you live in a small and rather cramped apartment.

Javanese

This is a highly independent cat breed that won’t have trouble entertaining themselves, so you won’t feel guilty about leaving them alone at home when you have to be away for business. They also require little brushing because they don’t have a lot of hair. This cat is perfect for working singles who crave an undemanding and quiet company.

Tips and Tricks for Living in an Apartment with a Cat

Now, even though we have just listed some cat breeds that do well in an apartment, it is important to keep your expectations realistic. Cats are living beings, so you will have to deal with a few unpleasantries while living with them—especially in a small space.

Image showing a little cat laying down and wanting to play with his owner

Keeping these cuties at home comes with responsibilities you must be ready to handle. So that you’ll have a peaceful and happy apartment living with a cat, you must be ready to:

  • Ensure that the litter boxes are emptied regularly so that the cat does not find a reason to soil other parts of the house. In case it is a multi-cat family, ensure that every cat has their own litter box. Some cats are choosy and seem not to like sharing litter boxes.
  • If the cat suddenly changes behavior from using a litter box to soiling the house, find out what is wrong with them and try to remedy the situation. At times it might be caused by a medical condition.
  • Avoid carpeting in the house. Carpets are difficult to clean and don’t easily let go of odor.

To make living with a cat in an apartment easier, it is important that you purchase these essential products before you bring them home:

Scoop-Free Litter Box

Litterbox cleaning can be troublesome and inconvenient, especially if you live alone so you’ll have to handle all the work yourself. By using a scoop-free box, all you’ll have to do is to dispose and replace.

Image showing a cat getting out of a Scoop-Free Litter Box

It saves time and energy.

Cat Tree

Cat trees are important, for both your cat and you. Your new friend will use this as a haven to play and rest. Having a cat tree will also give you peace of mind as your cat won’t be tempted to sharpen their claws on your furniture, such as your bed or your couch.

Automatic Feeder

If you live alone and you often have to travel for days on end for work, an automatic feeder will be a lifesaver.

Image showing a cat eating from an automatic fedeer

All you have to do is make sure that there are enough food and water in the storage box, so the bowl will keep refilling itself.

Wrap Up

When selecting the best cat for apartment living, the breed is important, but you should also consider the cat’s personality. No two cats are the same, even if they come from the same breed.

Choose a cat that is ideal for your lifestyle. Consider the size of your room and other factors such as whether you have a busy schedule or not. Once you have found the best feline friend for your lifestyle, the two of you will lead a happy life while giving each other company.

Image showing a British cat sitting in a box

Are you interested in adopting any of the cat breeds we’ve mentioned above so you won’t feel so lonely anymore in your apartment? Which one do you think will make the best company? Did we miss any other cat breed that has a temperament suitable for apartment living? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

About the author
Stella Noble
Stella Noble

Stella Noble lives in Warren, Michigan with her family and three cats. She is a Certified Cat Trainer and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

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