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Best Cat Breeds for California Apartment Living

Russian Blue Cat Walking Around the Legs of Their OwnerGenerally, when we talk about pets, cats are one of those that are suited to California apartment life. They are often quiet, clean, and love cuddling with their favorite human. However, some cat breeds are more suited to apartment life than others. These are usually the social, lower-energy breeds that are good at bonding with people. In this list are seven breeds that have been observed to be suited to apartment life.

British Shorthair

Apartment-dwellers like this short-haired cat because they are independent yet affectionate. British Shorthairs love to play, but they tend to be low-key after playtime and can usually entertain themselves. Their adaptability to people and their need for very little grooming make them great apartment pets.


If quiet & fluffy cats are your thing, you can’t go wrong with a Persian. These beautiful and gentle cats prefer a long nap to playtime. Persians are about as mellow as it gets. They do well in apartments because they can thrive in small spaces.

Scottish Fold

The affectionate, yet not clingy, Scottish Fold is great for apartment life. They are typically relaxed and are less likely to become excitable or startled. Intelligent and adaptable, Scottish Folds like a stable routine and lots of affection from their owners.


As one of the popular cat breeds, Ragdolls are big, beautiful, and sociable pets. Their fluffy coats are comparable to Persians, hence they will also need extra grooming. They also tend to have more energy than their other fluffy cousins. Ragdolls absolutely love to play and snuggle with you.

Russian Blue

The Russian Blue is a good choice if you are prone to allergies. These short-haired cats have fur that is less likely to trigger an allergy attack. There are also a number of reasons to adopt a Russian Blue as an apartment buddy. They are curious, playful, and very loyal to their favorite person.

American Shorthair

If you are on the hunt for a great family cat, the American Shorthair could be the cat for you. These cats are low-maintenance and love naps. They are good with people of all ages as well as with other pets. American Shorthairs are happy with a perch by a window and your awesome back-scratching skills. They live long lives so they are great for those who want a furry companion for years.


Another breed with a long, silky coat, Birmans are the friendliest cats around. Thriving on play and cuddles, Birmans make great apartment pets. Birmans also enjoys napping and they like grooming themselves. With that long hair, they really do need quite a bit of effort.

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