The Very Best Cat Breeds for Apartment Dwellers

Owning a cat in an apartment comes with its own set of challenges. You’ve got less space to work with and little-to-no access to the outdoors, not to mention a security deposit to worry about.

Choosing a cat that will thrive in this environment can be a challenge — we get it! Some cat breeds are better suited to small spaces and relative isolation than others. The last thing you want to do is coop up a roamer.

Already started checking shelters for that perfect companion? Well, this is the guide for you! We’ll walk you through the best cat breeds for apartment dwellers, based on temperament, size and grooming requirements, so you can be confident you’re making a good decision for both you and kitty.


The 5 Best Cat Breeds for Apartments


1. Tonkinese

Playful, active and eager to please, the Tonkinese is a fun choice for apartment dwellers — particularly if you live alone! This cuddly cat craves human attention and is likely to jump up into your lap at every opportunity, which would make anyone feel special.

2. Ragdoll

Named among the most affectionate of all cat breeds, Ragdolls are an excellent choice for apartment environments. They have gorgeous soft coats, can learn tricks and are really docile. Expect the very best!

Blue mink kitten sitting on the sofa

3. Russian Blue

Russian Blue cats are gentle but sociable, creative but not destructive — best of both worlds! Because of their playful nature, Russian Blues are likely to self-entertain pretty well. Just make sure they get lots of quality time with you when you’re back from a day away. 

4. Siberian

Host often? You might want to consider adopting a Siberian. These cats are friendly with strangers but very unlikely to aggravate cat allergies, making them an excellent choice if you often have people over. They do, however, require weekly grooming, so keep this in mind!

5. Bombay

If finding a pet that is low-maintenance is your first priority, we definitely recommend you look into getting a Bombay. Bombay cats are quite small (only 6-10 pounds) and require next to no grooming (most recommend only once a month or so), which will help keep your apartment clean in between sessions.

Think one of these might be a good fit? We encourage you to call around to your local shelters to see who’s available. Who knows, your perfect new companion could be waiting!


heather g
heather g1 hours ago

I'm allergic to some cats, particularly in some houses with lots of cat hair.

Daniel N
Daniel N4 hours ago

Thank you for posting

Louise A
Louise Ayesterday

thank you

Shirley S
Shirley S4 days ago

My stray is adorable but not the one to sit on my lap voluntarily. Just likes being near me which is fine !

Leanne K
Leanne K5 days ago

Never breed or buy while shelter pets die

Danuta W
Danuta W5 days ago

thanks for sharing

Dr. Jan H
Dr. Jan Hill6 days ago

I love my rescues.

Debbi W
Debbi W6 days ago

They are all very sweet cats.

Peggy B
Peggy B6 days ago


Peggy B
Peggy B6 days ago

Ann B, I agree.