More and more families are deciding to welcome an animal into their homes, which is not surprising since the benefits of having animals far outweigh the disadvantages. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the king of the animals is the cat and that it manages to conquer more and more hearts, slightly surpassing the dog in the ranking of the favorite animals of the French.
And all this is due to the great capacity that felines have to better adapt to an interior life as well as to the working hours of their humans. However, as always, one should not generalize, there are also breeds of cats that adapt better to apartment life than others.
What are the best house cats?
Depending on their character and their daily and general needs, the best house cats are :
2-The Russian Blue
Let’s start our apartment cat list with Persian. This cat has an affectionate and affable demeanor, although it needs more attention than most and may not be the ideal cat if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s not for nothing that the Persian is the most popular cat in the world: gentle and attentive, he has a “hairball” appearance.
This long-haired, watery cat needs daily care. If you’re afraid that you don’t know how to take good care of his hair, then you could opt for the “Exotic Shorthair” breed, which is very similar to Persians but with short hair.
The Russian Blue is probably the ideal cat for a bachelor since, although he is very affectionate, he is also very independent. He will come to say hello faithfully as soon as you come back but when you are away, he will make his life quietly. Being one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, it is said that this feline has been kept secret for centuries by the Russian tsars for its perfection.
He has a beautiful silver-grey coat and a temperate, playful character. His character is ideal for apartment life, and that’s why he appears in our top 5 of the best apartment cats!
It is one of the quietest breeds, the Ragdoll cat breed could be cataloged as “salon cat” or more commonly “cat with his mother” because of its very nice and quiet character. This house cat is, therefore, one of the most affectionate cat breeds. With blue eyes and long hair, this house cat weighs on average between 6 and 8 kilos.
Also, these cats are particularly suitable for indoor life, which guarantees them one of the places in our top 5!
The Mandarin or Oriental Longhair
The Mandarin or Oriental Longhair cat is one of the most recommended breeds for living in an apartment, for those adopting a cat for the first time or the elderly. It is without a doubt one of the best house cats for its ability to endure solitude, although, like all cats, it also needs your attention to feel fully happy.
If you want to have a house cat but are allergic to cat hair, the solution is here! Indeed, the Mandarin or Oriental Longhair is one of the hypoallergenic cat breeds.
The British shorthair
The British Shorthair cat breed is very similar to the Russian Blue, it is a cat that enjoys indoor life and adapts perfectly to the space and schedules of its humans. A very quiet and affectionate breed that will fill you with joy if it lives under your roof.
Adopt a cat in a shelter
This is a classification by breeds, but as always on PlanèteAnimal, we invite you to go to the shelters or animal protection associations closest to your home to discover small beings deprived of love for a long time or abandoned since their birth who will know how to adapt perfectly to your life in an apartment.
Of course, we all love kittens, adorable and tender, but take into account the fact that if you adopt a 2 or 3-year-old cat, his character will already be trained and the shelter’s caretakers will know how to direct you towards the cat best adapted to your rhythm and lifestyle.
Never rule out the possibility of adopting an older cat because, if you manage to accept the fact that he will certainly spend less time by your side, he will have adapted very easily and will become an inseparable companion, because contrary to what some people think, cats have a very good memory and will be eternally grateful to you for having offered them this life by your side.
The character of the house cat
To begin with, it’s best to start by trying to look for the following traits in a cat to ensure that it will adapt to life both inside and out. To know if your cat will be happy in the flat, you should not only be satisfied with the breed, but also with its character:
He must be able to spend 8 hours alone because in case you work outside, the cat will have to put up with your absence. Some cats are more dependent than you imagine and are not able to live happily in this way.
Look for a cat with a tolerant character and good adaptability, able to adapt to changes inhabit.
He should not be too territorial as an apartment is a small space that he will have to share, perhaps even with other animals. He will, therefore, have to be sociable.
That he is not hyperactive would also be a positive point. Cats with a lot of energy can feel frustrated and trapped inside an apartment.
Not only will the cat have to adapt and endure some changes in his habits but you will also have to be able to adapt your life to his…
Many cats will not be able to adapt to repetitive party nights or “noisy” dinners with friends, they will also struggle with the constant coming and going of people in the house. These details should be taken into account if you choose to have a cat in your home. Nevertheless, just like humans, each cat has its personality and peculiarities in its character that will make it unique.
According to the previous news and advice, the peculiarities of some cat breeds make them more or less adaptable to apartment life.
Having a cat in an apartment
It is possible to have a cat in an apartment, as long as your home is equipped to accommodate your cat. Indeed, it will be necessary to provide a place for your cat, secure the windows if you live in a building, buy (or make) accessories so that he can eat and drink and finally provide him with toys. In short, it will be necessary to have an enriched environment for your cat to be happy in an apartment. For more information and advice.
The life expectancy of a cat in an apartment
Before adopting a cat, it is important to know that the feline is one of the longest living pets. The lifespan of a cat in an apartment is not precise, some factors can increase or reduce the cat’s life expectancy such as food, sterilization, sex or the cat’s breed. On average, the life span of a cat is 15 to 20 years.
Logically, since the house cat is less exposed to outside diseases and parasites, it will live longer. The lifespan of a cat in an apartment is, therefore, closer to 20 years.