Top Cat Breeds for Apartment Dwellers

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Thinking of adding a cat to your family?  Check out the pet policy for Block 2 Lofts Pet Friendly Apartments in Downtown Little Rock and read a little of this before making a decision on which type of feline to add to your household.

The Pet Owners Survey reports that there are more cats than dogs living in American homes.  Part of the reason cats have overtaken dogs is that cats adapt more easily to indoor life and can cope better with their humans' busy lifestyles. However, some cats still make for better apartment dwellers than others.

The Apartment-Friendly Personality

When choosing a feline roommate, look for the following temperament traits:

  • Adaptable, easygoing disposition
  • Doesn't need to be highly active to be happy
  • Soft-spoken
  • Can tolerate being alone for up to eight hours at a time (particularly if you work or are away a lot during the day)
  • Sociable
  • Not overly territorial

Be sure to take your lifestyle into account when selecting a cat, too. If you plan to entertain a lot, be sure your cat will be able to tolerate other people and the potential noise and chaos of events.

Apartment-Friendly Breeds

Below is a list of several breeds that are known to be good companions in apartments. 

The British Shorthair is particularly known for its ability to adapt well to apartment life. Quiet and friendly with its owner, this hardy breed is also a good fit for first-time cat owners. If you want a lap cat, this breed is for you.

The easygoing and affectionate Persian, with its relatively placid demeanor, is a good fit for apartment life. However, the Persian does need attention and will not thrive in an environment where its owner is away a lot. 

The Russian Blue is an affectionate but independent cat, well-suited for a life with working singles. They are known to be shy with strangers but very loyal to their favorite person. Their plush blue coat requires very little maintenance. They are moderately active and enjoy playing.

The Javanese is playful, affectionate, and vocal. Although the Javanese can tolerate being alone during the day, they do need daily one-on-one time with their owners to be truly happy. 

The Ragdoll is known for its laid-back and gentle temperament. If you're looking for a lap cat that enjoys playtime but isn't especially demanding, a Ragdoll could be your ideal companion. These cats should be kept indoors only and adapt well to apartment life.


Your cat will benefit from having vertical territory. A tall cat tree or a special place on the mantel or bookshelf can give your feline friend the feeling that your apartment is much bigger than it is. This is particularly important if you have more than one cat; the extra space can help to prevent stress-related behavior problems such as fighting or inappropriate elimination.

Ultimately, the most important factor in selecting an apartment-friendly cat is not its breed but its personality.

Looking for a way to store your cats? This looks like a great idea.

(joking, no cats were harmed in the writing of this blog post!)

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