5 Best Cats to Keep as Indoor Cats
Cats can be either outdoor or indoor pets. While outdoor cats may seem to be easier to manage, there are many reasons to keep your cat indoors. However, if you are going to be keeping your cat indoors at all times you need to think about their personality (or is it their purr-sonality?).
An indoor cat is like part of the family. It is kept warm and safe in the house and receives medical attention that helps to treat ailments and increase life spans. Cats are independent creatures that can tolerate being alone for long periods, while family members are busy with their daily lives. That doesn’t mean they can be neglected without a stimulating environment. It is actually MORE important for an indoor cat to have a variety of stimulus. You certainly don’t want them ruining your furniture or house because they got bored.
We’ve done the research for you and found the 7 best breeds to keep as indoor cats.
1. The Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is known for its laid-back and gentle temperament. If you’re looking for a lap cat that enjoys playtime but isn’t especially demanding, a Ragdoll could be your ideal companion. These cats should be kept indoors only and adapt well to apartment life.
The Siamese Cat is one of the world’s oldest and most popular cat breeds. The Siamese cat’s coat is quite unique, with a light-coloured body with a darker face, paws, ears and tail. Its fur is short, soft, and silky. The most common colours are blue, chocolate and lilac, though some associations accept other colours, such as red, cream, fawn, caramel, apricot and cinnamon.
Siamese cats are highly intelligent, talkative and sociable. They have a deep, loud voice and enjoy “chatting” with their owners. They are often described as being “dog-like” in their fondness for playing fetch and capacity for affection.
While great indoor cats, the Siamese is so playful and energetic they require a great deal of human interaction to remain happy. They may not suit the professional who plans to leave them home alone for extended periods of time as they are prone to mischief if left to their own devices.
3. The Persian
The easy going and affectionate Persian, with its relatively placid demeanour, is a good fit for apartment life. However, the Persian does need attention and will not thrive in an environment where its owner is away a lot. The Persian requires daily grooming to prevent mats. If you like the Persian personality but would prefer a lower-maintenance coat, check out the Exotic, the short-haired version of the Persian.
4. The Russian Blue
The Russian Blue is an affectionate but independent cat, well-suited for a life with working singles. They are known to be shy with strangers but very loyal to their favorite person. Their plush blue coat requires very little maintenance. They are moderately active and enjoy playing.
5. British Short Hair
The British Shorthair is particularly known for its ability to adapt well to apartment life. Quiet and friendly with its owner, this hardy breed is also a good fit for first-time cat owners. If you want a lap cat, this breed is for you.
All these cats have some common qualities that make them best for indoor cats. These cats are quite intelligent, energetic and sociable, they enjoy human attention and love to play and receive attention. You will want an indoor cat that enjoys time with the kids or family, one that plays along and keeps the kids excited. You will also find these cat breeds to be docile creatures, they are difficult to irritate and therefore not aggressive: a quality you will find to be crucial for an indoor cat.
Other Apartment Cat Options
There are lots of mellow, easy going cats waiting at animal shelters for permanent homes. If you choose to adopt from a rescue organization, look for an adult cat. Once a cat is three years old or so, its personality is fully formed, and the shelter staff can help you find a feline friend that fits your lifestyle. If you can cope with the fact that your cat may not be with you for many years, senior cats tend to be especially calm and would welcome a warm and loving home for their golden years.
Consider adopting two cats, either littermates or adult cats with compatible personalities. They can keep each other company and entertain one another while you’re away, and you’ll get twice as much love and affection when you return home after a long day.
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