When people pick out a dog they usually check to make sure his breed, size, and temperament fit with their lifestyle and space. When picking a cat, though, many people just look at its appearance and personality.
Cat breeds might not have as much visible variation as dog breeds, but they do have their differences. You might be tempted to simply choose the friendliest cat when you’re picking a new companion, but what you consider adorable can be a nuisance when you get the cat home (like when you choose the most pathetically meowing cat. Waking up at 2 AM to loud mews is not fun!)
It’s especially important to find a fitting breed when you plan to keep your cat indoors. Not all cat breeds make good indoor cats! Some cats are too active, too needy, or too mischievous to leave alone inside for too long.
So do some research first. Find an indoor-friendly breed that will do well considering your lifestyle. Consider…
- How much space you have
- How much time you will regularly spend away from home
- Whether you want a long or short haired cat
- What level of energy you want from your cat
- Whether you have other pets at home
Of course, every single cat is unique with his own personality and temperament, and the breed descriptions are just generalizations. But some cat breeds tend to be better-suited for indoor living than others. The breeds below are some of the most suitable indoor cat breeds:
Russian Blue - These beautiful big cats are loyal like dogs and have excellent temperaments for apartment life. It’s not unusual to have one of these guys following you around the house, but they do just fine on their own too. Short gray/blue hair and a sweet personality make this cat one of the best indoor breeds.
Persian - The royal looking persian cats will heap their love on just about anyone, making them a great family cat. Their fabulous fur does need quite a bit of upkeep, and daily brushings.
Exotic Shorthair - This breed has all the love of a persian, with less of the fur. These cats are a bit more curious and playful than their Persian cousins, and may get lonely if left alone for too long.
Ragdoll - Another beautiful long-haired breed, Ragdoll cats are known for their tendency to go limp when they are picked up. They also happen to be very docile, to the point of having very little sense of self-preservation, which makes them excellent indoor pets.
Singapora - This breed weighs in at 2 - 7 pounds as the official smallest breed of domesticated cat. These cats love to perch high up to make up for their short stature, and are loving and playful. Their size makes them ideal for apartment living.
Sphynx - The Sphynx is an indoor breed out of necessity - even a small amount of direct sunlight can lead to sunburns on its delicate, furless skin. The breed is not without its upkeep, as these cats need regular baths and some special care, but they are loving and inquisitive and make great indoor companions.
- by Yuliya