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Best Cats for Apartments: The Perfect Feline Friend

May 15, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Pet Friendly Advice

When you’re living in a tiny apartment, having a warm, cuddly animal to come home to is a great feeling! But determining good cat breeds for apartments can be fairly complicated because most of the time, it truly depends on the cat and your lifestyle. However, some breeds are generally more easy going and quick to adapt to a smaller home. Whether you’re looking to adopt an older cat or a cute little kitten, you might want to pick an apartment-friendly breed that won’t keep your neighbors up all night and will leave your window shades intact.

Best Cats for Apartments

If you’re a newbie to kitten-ownership, you may want to stick with the breeds that are known for being great apartment pets.

  • British Shorthair: These adorable lap cats can weigh up to 18 pounds and just love to cuddle! These cats are perfect for first-time owners, but they can be shy around others.

  • Persian: If you don’t spend too much time at home, a Persian may be the perfect companion. These long-haired cats don’t need too much attention, but they do require daily grooming sessions to prevent matting.

  • Ragdoll: Ragdolls are the perfect apartment cat because they are super laid-back and gentle, but love playtime! They are known to weigh anywhere between 10 and 20 pounds, and are coined “puppy cats” because of their devotion to their owners.

  • Javanese: If your walls are thin, you may not want a Javanese, because they can be fairly talkative. But these loving cats can be left alone during the day, as long as you spend some quality playtime with them later.

Specific Personality Traits

If you’ve always had a cat companion as a family pet, you know the general in’s and out’s of how to properly train them and care for them. With this knowledge, you can expand outside of specific good cat breeds for apartments, and look more for a feline personality that suits yours.

Felines have a mind of their own, and can be shy during your first meeting at the shelter, but if they cuddle up to you–even for just a minute–it’s pretty apparent they’ll be an inviting pet.

Do you like to host a lot of get togethers at your place? You may not want to choose a kitten that is timid and might get scared easily. Males are often more easy going and willing to mingle with big crowds.

Two Kittens

So, you’ve always imagined getting a tiny kitten for your apartment? If you’re getting a young kitten that is used to playing with a littermate, it’s best to adopt both–and a lot of shelters won’t let you separate them. Two kittens will be able to entertain themselves and keep out of trouble. However, if you’re able to get a single kitten, make sure to have plenty of toys that they can play with on their own like stringy mice and a climbing tower so they can keep busy while you’re gone.

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