Top 10 best cat breeds for apartments and homes

The 10 best cat breeds for the apartment

10. Burmese breed.

The cat has an average size torso, but largely due to the fluffy fur, it seems massive and majestic. The animal is composed proportionately, it is a physically strong animal. The breed is characterized by a calm and balanced character, but this pet can not be called too passive or too active. The cat is playful, well and affectionately treats people, and most of all these qualities are expressed in cats. Relationships with other pets, including dogs and cats of other breeds are quiet - Burma can easily find common ground with all of them, but some feeling of jealousy to the owner can still be shown. The cat immediately finds contacts with small children, quickly becomes attached to them, communicates and plays a lot with the little ones. The animal is very curious - it pokes its nose literally everywhere, is characterized by extreme persistence, which borders with obsession. Easily gets what he wants from the owners. Burma is a self-sufficient animal with a very strong energy, shows excellent hunting qualities. Indifferent attitude to himself and loneliness suffered quite severely. With age, animals can change their color. In the younger age of kittens have white coat, with maturity color-points begin to appear, the final color is formed about a year and a half years.

The head of the breed is well-proportioned and has an almost round shape. The forehead against the background of a rounded skull appears somewhat convex. The muzzle is wide, with full, prominent cheekbones and protruding cheekbones. The nose is of medium length, its transition from forehead to muzzle is well defined. The eyes are large and expressive, set wide. The color varies from light blue to dark blue. Ears are slightly slanted forward, have medium size and rounded tips. The tail is fluffy, medium length and of uniform dark color, with the tip fluffy and usually elevated.


A calm and balanced animal;

Characterized by a malleable and curious nature;

Quickly get along with children, pets;

Attractive looks.


Does not tolerate neglect and loneliness very well - if you are away from home for a long time, the cat will start to get very bored.

9. Maine Coon

Cats are characterized by rather large size, have heavy clawed paws, and have lynx tassels on the tips of their ears. The overall harsh expression of the animal's face gives the impression that the cat has a heavy character with a tendency to be unkind and wild. However, in fact, under such an imposing appearance is hiding a very compliant disposition and good character, which makes the animal even more attractive. Maine Coon character was formed over many years of breeding work. During the selection process, was able to fix as an external characteristics of the breed, and its psychological characteristics. The behavior of the animal depends not only on the conditions in which it was raised and raised, but also largely on the heredity, and therefore the aggressive, withdrawn and nervous animals are excluded from the breeding process. Often it is said about this breed that it is the most atypical representatives of felines, mainly referring to its behavior peculiarities.

Cats are not withdrawn, are not selfish, although they feel absolutely comfortable in solitude. They also walk on their own without much pleasure, as they prefer pleasant company. The breed is sociable and people-oriented, although cats do not avoid other animals. Maine Coons get along well with children and get attached to them. One of the main distinguishing features that clearly distinguishes these pets from other felines is the love of water. Animals are very fond of bathing. They often use their front paws like a dog to rake up dirt or leaves. Not too prone to kitchen thievery, they climb on the dining table purely for curiosity, to sit higher and have a better view.


Large beautiful breed with an easy-going personality;

Good with small children and pets;

Very soft coat;

Can be taught any tricks with ease.


Costs quite a bit;

Can chew on wires.

8. Ragdoll

Another rather large cat in our review, and males are much larger than females, as the latter are slender and graceful. The breed is characterized by a low muscle tone, which determines the relaxed state of the pet, it can literally crumple up in the hands of a human. The cat is quite gentle, affectionate, peaceful and kind. Animals immediately become attached to one of the family members, and later can not do without his attention. The breed gets along perfectly with all family members, and is very sociable. Small children love to play with these cats, and you can not fear that the animal will hurt the child, because the nature of the pet is absolutely not aggressive. Cats are very vulnerable and sensitive - shouting and scandals can cause depression, so this breed is not suitable for too emotional people. In the case of conflict situations, the Ragdoll will hide, as it is not able to fight back its abuser. Loneliness has a depressing effect on animals - if there are no people or animals nearby, they get depressed, their appetite worsens, they may even get sick.

An adult cat can reach a meter in length, especially large individuals weigh up to 12 kg, cats are much smaller - no more than 70 cm with a weight of up to 7 kg. Often the ragdoll is mistaken for a Burmese, because the color of these breeds are very similar. The body is long, quite muscular and massive. The animal has a strong chest, greatly projecting forward, the neck is short, but strong, and the bones are very wide. The abdomen may sag, especially if the cat is 8 years or older. The head is well-proportioned, the chin is well developed, the cheeks are plump, the muzzle is slightly pointed, the nose is of medium length. The eyes are moderately wide, have an oval shape, slightly oblique to the bridge of the nose, which gives a playful and slightly surprised look to the muzzle. The ears are medium-sized, very wide at the base, rounded at the tips, tassels can be seen. The tail of the animal is long, covered with thick fur. The undercoat is minimal, so the fur will not pile up in tangles.


Very loyal animals;

Characterized by high intelligence, love to play;

Low muscle tone allows them to literally spread themselves on the hands of the owner.


Hair flies all over the apartment;

Cannot tolerate excessively loud noises.

7. British Cat

The breed is well suited for home keeping largely due to its strong health and calm temperament. Physiology and appearance of animals was formed in conditions of high humidity and rather cool climate, so pets have dense, thick and short vegetation, which can reliably protect from cold and moisture. These cats are excellent hunters, they are hardy, strong and unpretentious eaters. The head is characterized by a wide skull and round shape, the cheeks are developed, with wide cheekbones. The nose is also quite straight, wide and short. The ears are small, slightly rounded, spread wide and low. The eyes are round and set a considerable distance apart. The body is massive, he has a developed chest, musculature is strongly developed. Limbs short, but powerful. The tail is thick, and weight of cats can be up to 14 kg, cats are much lighter - a maximum of 9 kg. Wool protects the animal from cold, largely due to developed undercoat. It is not directly attached to the skin, to the touch plush.

Sometimes you can see a long-haired Briton. Such a feature is due to a special recessive gene, so such kittens cannot appear from short-haired parents. Cats differ in their independent character and tolerate loneliness well. They usually do not ask to be held in hands, but they treat their owners with respect and love. They don't approach strangers just like that, but will watch them from aside first. The British breed is not aggressive, they only play with claws and teeth in very exceptional cases, so they are absolutely safe for children. Despite the fact that the British are characterized by strong natural health, they require special care - you must choose the right food, it is advisable to do it together with a veterinarian, in addition, it is recommended to visit a specialist regularly. For the coat, too, the care is simple: the animal is brushed twice a week with a scrub brush, bathed a couple of times a year or as needed.


Very calm and intelligent animal;

Fluffy, low-maintenance fur;

High natural immunity;

Respectful to housemates; No harm to animals.


Sits in the arms only at will.

6. Manx

They are very peaceful and sociable cats who feel perfectly at home in a big family, they get along well with small children, get along with other cats and even with big dogs. Animals also have character - if necessary, during a fight for their territory, they can give a serious fight back. The breed is quite calm and obedient, it normally tolerates even significant changes in its own life. Manx is very fond of its owners, devoted to them, and is not afraid of people at all. Cats of this breed feel part of the family, they require a lot of attention, and if it is not enough, they can be offended by their owners. They love to look at the pouring water - the rain, the stream from the faucet, the river. Cats are quite intelligent - they can even learn to flush the toilet to admire afterwards. The physique is somewhat bulky, but the pets are always energetic and agile, they love active games. If they live in a private home, they help fight mice and even rats,

Manx are very clean cats, but they also need some care. They need to be bathed once a week, their hair is combed out with a brush with increased stiffness, which is important in the conditions of seasonal molting. The claws are very sharp, so they need special care, too. This is the first tailless breed in our review, but the tailless gene can cause bowel and bladder dysfunction and cause difficulty walking. Such a syndrome usually appears during the first year of a kitten's life. Color can be any color except color-point, chocolate and purple. The coat is thick and smooth with a well-defined undercoat. Cats eyes are large, very large, set obliquely. The rear part of the body is somewhat heavy, and front legs are shorter than hind legs.

Fairly independent cat; however, it is very fond of company;

Clean creature;

Does not need any special care;

Likes water, so bathing is easy.


Because of the tailless gene, there may be some health problems.

5. Abyssinian breed

One of the oldest cat breeds you can find on the market today. Their majesty and gracefulness are combined here with a very kind and affectionate character. The animal gets along well with other pets, does not mind to play and with small children. Unusual and very beautiful color, characterized by tikking - the characteristic iridescence of fur. Cats are a bit shy, afraid of sharp and loud sounds. Quite motile animals, often play with each other and thus cause harm, for example, fall out the window. Representatives of this breed like to sit on high places, climb on shelves and walk on cupboards. Prefer the company of people, poorly tolerate prolonged loneliness. The cat is easily accustomed to the litter box and scratching post, so it will not spoil the furniture at all. Established home rules are respected, easy to train. The animal is very clean, practically does not shed, to bathing treat either neutrally or positively. Health is very strong, the pet is unpretentious about food and care.

Cats are flexible and strong, with average body size. The musculature of the legs and back is strongly developed, the paws are very long, thanks to them, the cat can jump a considerable distance - about six times the length of their body. Cats are somewhat larger than cats, but sexual demorphism is not as pronounced as in many other breeds. As a rule, the body weight ranges from 3 to 4.5 kg. The silhouette of shapely, harmonious physique of cats, they move very gracefully, the manner of movement reminiscent of miniature cougars. Cats' eyes are rather large and have almond-shaped slit. Their color can be different - from amber to green. The cat's neck is long and very graceful. The body is moderately elongated and has harmonious proportions. The paws are strong, long and slender.


Energetic and agile animals;

Intelligence and cunning predominate in character;

Loyal and faithful pets;

Gentle animals;

They do not need much care.


It is desirable to get in a large apartment, as they are very fond of running everywhere and exploring everything.

4. Burma

The most loyal animal in a cat's body. Not for nothing it is called a dog in a cat's body - it loves its owners, ready to follow them literally on their heels. With all this representatives of this breed is very graceful, which is not too good contrasts with the impressive mass. Today there are two variants of this breed - American and European - they differ from each other by appearance but not by behavior. Burma retains her vigorous activity and playfulness throughout her life. She will not refuse to chase a dropped ball, even at an advanced age. These animals always have a subtle sense of mood of the owner, so they will never bore you with unnecessary attention and intrusiveness, or will do everything possible to cheer up their beloved. This breed requires no special conditions, so it will suit even those people who are the first time in their lives decided to have a cat.

Burma gets along very easily with any pets, especially if they do not show excessive hostility to them. The breed is an excellent option for families with small children. Animals are very indulgent with kids, so they take part in their games as much as possible. They have high intelligence, so they are very easy to train. Although pets are characterized by excellent grace and grace, they are quite heavy for their size - cats can weigh up to 5.5 kg, lighter cats - about 3.5-4 kg. The breed is short-haired, but the American version is more stocky compared to the European representatives. The head is wedge-shaped, the cheekbones are well defined, and the chin stands out in one line with the nose. Ears are far apart, slightly slanting forward. The eyes are wide set, large and expressive. The neck is rather long, thin and stout. The tail is not too long, straight.


Pliable and active character;

Very fond of their owners and devoted to them;

Easy to teach various commands;

Suitable for people who are going to have a cat at home for the first time;

Strong health and unpretentious to food and living conditions.


Very heavy animal for its size.

3. American Shorthair

Their character is balanced - cats are rather reserved, but they like to play actively too. They like to sit on hands reluctantly, so at each opportunity they leave their lap and go in search of a cozier place. Their meow and purr are very rare, they prefer to communicate with their master mainly due to their pronounced facial expressions. They well withstand long periods of solitude, but too prolonged absence of the master and household members is undesirable. Cats love to hunt, not necessarily mice. Flies and mosquitoes are often their prey. This breed can be trained only if the owner does it in the form of a game, and with the animal established a trusting relationship. They're easy to care for, but the diet must be kept under strict control, because the animal is prone to overeating, which will eventually cause obesity.

The appearance of the pet seems to some owners a little rough, although a certain grace is still present. Sexual dimorphism is pronounced for the breed - cats are much larger than cats: the first have a maximum weight of 8 kg, the females - no more than 5 kg. Individuals grow slowly, acquiring the final proportions of his body about four years. The muzzle has a square shape, with some angularity, but the cheekbones are rounded. Ears are smoothly rounded, covered with short hair. The neck is medium, but strong and muscular.


Unpretentious about the food, but you must watch that the animal does not overeat;

Can be trained, but under certain conditions;

Virtually no meowing.


Doesn't really like to sit on a person's lap;

Slow to grow.

2. Siamese cats

This breed is very easy to recognize due to its original appearance, contrasting colors, expressive turquoise eyes. Although cats have a rather complex character, however, according to experts, such pets are among the most optimal in apartment conditions. Another distinctive feature is a fairly loud voice, characterized by unusual intonations, the breed has a predilection for verbal communication with owners. Cats feel a strong attachment to the owner, and tolerate loneliness rather poorly. Nevertheless, most representatives are too jealous of other household members and other pets kept in the house. Caring for Siamese cats is very simple: it is enough to adhere to the basic recommendations, carefully monitor the diet, and visit the veterinarian for preventive examinations.

The pets' health is generally good, except for a few diseases, which this particular breed is prone to, the average life expectancy of the animal is about 15 years. Some pets may have a slight strabismus. Siamese cat is slender, with a muscular body with elongated lines, the size and weight is small - a maximum of 6 kg, but such figures are extremely rare. The paws are gracefully shaped, long and slender, the hind being longer than the front. The tail is long and thin, tapering toward the tip.


Rather attractive appearance;

He is in excellent health;

He likes to get attached to the owner.


Very jealous of the owner of other housemates and pets;

Vindictive animal.

1. Persian Cat

This is the best breed of cat for the apartment, in addition, the Persian is an exclusively domestic breed. They have already lost the ability to hunt, run quite slowly, and cannot jump high either. Cats like to lie down for a long time. Such a moment of character for all representatives of the breed is quite normal and is not a cause of malaise. Persians are quiet and low-active, so they don't need much space, which allows keeping these cats even in small apartments. The animals will never bother their owners with their excessive activity, get underfoot, you can not think about the safety of curtains, upholstery of upholstered furniture. Despite little physical activity, they do not tolerate loneliness well. Even these animals prefer to sleep in the same bed with their owners, because it's virtually impossible to wean them out of this habit. Its character is kind and compliant, so the animal can be left even with a very small child.

Most owners note the high intelligence of Persians. They are easy to train, they quickly learn elementary commands and accustomed to the litter box. A cat will practically never attract attention with its meow - rather, it will just come to the owner and start looking intently into his eyes for a long time. Due to their balanced nature, cats easily find common ground with other pets, and easily share the living space with them. Some of the wariness of the cat to strangers, but it lasts not too long. It is necessary to accustom the animal to a specific feeding schedule, as this breed is prone to overeating and obesity.


Very calm animals;

Developed intelligence;

Easily get along with other pets as well as all household members;

Not a very active breed;

Attractive appearance;

Unpretentiousness in food.


When they molt, a lot of hair appears.


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