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What cat breeds are best for apartment living?

10 Jan 2021.

Not every cat lover has the luxury of a garden or a big house for a kitty to wander around. So what should cat lovers who live in an apartment consider when getting a kitty? And are some cat breeds better suited to apartment living than others? Cat in a Flat finds out.

Can cats live in an apartment?

Our furry friends have a lot of energy. And cats’ natural curiosity indeed means that most kitties seem to enjoy exploring the outside world. But that doesn’t mean cats can’t be kept in an apartment. So what are the most important factors to consider if you live in a flat and want a cat?

Top tips for keeping a cat in an apartment

All cats love looking out of the window
A range of perches to sit on will keep apartment cats happy

Important: many flowers and house plants are dangerous for kitties. Make sure to do your research and don’t bring any dangerous plant varieties into your home.

Important: Keep cats away from open windows and balconies at all times. Vets report many accidents each year from cats falling out of windows, or off balconies. 

The best cat breeds for apartment living

Find out which cat breeds are best for apartment living

Although all cats are different, adaptable, quiet and relaxed cats will be best suited to living in a flat. And some breeds are more likely to have these characteristics than others. Find out which cat breeds are best suited to apartment living in Cat in a Flat’s list below. 


The relaxed and calm nature of these fluffy cats makes them well suited to living in an apartment. Ragdolls are real lap cats and will be content living in an apartment as long as they can cosy up to their favourite human. 


These hairless beauties are real snugglers too. Sphynx cats prefer being warm and with their humans to anything else and are less inclined to explore than other breeds, especially when it’s cold. 


These majestic and fluffy cats are lazy and relaxed kitties. Persians are, in general, less curious about the world and more tolerant of sharing their space than other cat breeds. You can leave Persians to happily nap on their own when you go out to work too.  

Maine Coon

Although one of the larger domestic cat breeds, apartment living suits Maine Coons. Their gentle and tolerant nature makes these big cats content to live anywhere with their favourite human, although they will need frequent playtime and attention. Maine Coons are also fantastic with children due to their placid and curious nature.  


These fluffy kitties are affectionate and relaxed, making them ideal apartment cats. They love attention and spending time with their humans but don’t spend all day seeking it out, perfect for a harmonious living environment. 

British shorthair

Plush and regal-looking British shorthairs are laid back and adaptable, so won’t be phased by apartment living. They are a quieter cat breed too, ideal for living in an apartment block. However, British shorthairs are intelligent cats who will need the stimulation of daily interaction with a human or another cat.

Russian Blue

Russian blues are quiet and relaxed. These cats are independent enough to be left for the day but still enjoy playtime when you get home. Russian Blues are tranquil and a little withdrawn, making them perfect companions for a cosy and calm apartment.

Cats unsuited to apartment living

Although all cats are different in character and personality, some breeds are less suited to apartment living by their nature. Bengals, Abyssinians, Siberians and Siamese are all a bit too energetic for smaller spaces. Siamese and Bengals can be quite vocal, which might cause problems in an apartment block if the walls or floors are thin. 

Whatever your living situation, we hope there’s a cat for you. If you’re still wondering about getting a kitty, read Cat in a Flat’s article on whether to adopt a cat here. And find out which cat breeds cause the least allergies here.

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