The Best Low Maintenance Indoor Cat Breeds For Apartments And Small Houses

If you consider yourself to be a cat person and you’re wondering which cat breeds are best suited for apartment living, then you’ve definitely landed in the right place!

When it comes to domesticated pets and apartments, cats are pretty much the top choice. Felines are quite low maintenance when compared to canines or other pets, and most of them are perfectly fine living indoors without the need to explore big houses or to roam freely in a neighbor’s backyard.

However, that doesn’t mean that all cats are suitable for apartments.

In fact, some breeds will find it harder to get accustomed to this type of enclosure, especially if your apartment or house is small and happens to be quite noisy. Fortunately for you, however, there are several feline breeds, which are best suited for apartment living.

Check out this video below to get a few tips on living with your kitty in an apartment before reading on to find the best breeds:


The Ragdoll cat is among the biggest and fluffiest cats out there.

These fascinating creatures are extremely lovable and adore every ounce of attention they can get from their owners. Needless to say, they can become quite attached to their pet parents and, as such, will enjoy purring in their laps or following them around all day long.

If you aren’t a big fan of cat hair, though, the Ragdoll is definitely not the breed for you. These furballs require constant grooming and even though they easily adjust to new surroundings, you can’t really forbid them from napping on your upholstery.

American Shorthair

Probably the most mellow and adaptable of all cats, the American Shorthair is also among the most popular breeds across the US.

Its easygoing character and affectionate personality are the reason these kitties are so popular among cat owners. They easily adapt to new surroundings and make the perfect companion for any pet parent residing in an apartment.

These cats have an extraordinarily long lifespan and are naturally healthier than other breeds. They are quite undemanding, quiet, and calm, meaning they won’t annoy you with constant vocalization and pleas to play.


If you’re looking for an extremely fluffy, super cute cat, then the Persian is definitely what you need.

Persians are ideal cats for apartments. As long as you teach them how to use the litter box from the very beginning, you won’t have any trouble.

Of course, daily grooming is an absolute must with this breed, but other than that these majestic creatures will definitely bring delight into each and every day you spend around them.

Maine Coon

What makes Maine Coons so popular?

For starters, they are one of the largest cat breeds out there, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll act like gigantic monsters. On the contrary – these cats are actually ideal for families with children, as well as for lone cat owners residing in an apartment.

The Maine Coon is extremely tolerant, lovable, and affectionate. Its playful yet patient character, combined with that glorious mane, makes these big guys simply irresistible.

Unfortunately, the Persian rule also applies with Maine Coons – if you can’t devote time to daily grooming, you’ll be buried in cat hair.

Of course, when you’re deciding on getting a cat for your apartment, there are more things to think about than just breeds and food.

Indoor cats are far more limited than those kitties which get to roam freely in the outdoors. In order to make the most out of your precious furball’s lifetime, you should make it as comfortable as possible.

For starters, you can resolve the indoors-only problem by teaching your cat how to walk on a leash. This way you’ll provide it with lots of chances to safely explore the outdoor world.

Another way you can improve your kitty’s apartment life is to equip it with cat condos, interactive cat toys, and scratching pads.

Regardless of whichever breed you choose, you must familiarize yourself with the demands and the health concerns of the breed. Your pet’s health should always come as your priority, and your kitty will reward you for all your efforts and devotion with lots of years filled with happiness and affection.

Emily Parker

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!