Why Indoor Cats?
Outdoor cats are just as fun and loving pets as those who prefer an indoor lifestyle. For people living in the city centre with anxiety, however, indoor cats are a better option as there is less risk of injury to the cat (e.g busy roads and catnapping).
Indoor cats vs outdoor cats
In the cat-lovers world, it is hotly debated whether it is fair to keep indoor cats.
Cats are natural hunters with various instincts to stalk, hunt and climb and some people argue that keeping them indoors limits their ability to do this.
Some reasons why cats are kept indoors:
- Former strays may choose to not venture outside again (like my Oscar)
- Location – near busy roads or a highly cat-populated area (increased risk of injury)
- Cat has health problems or is elderly
Assuming you live in the city centre, you may be hesitant to get an indoor-only cat. This is why you need to consider if you will be able to give them the time and attention they need to thrive as healthy indoor-cats.
This page will take you through considerations you should be thinking about to hopefully help you get one step closer to finding the right cat to help you.
The Best Indoor breeds
Ragdolls are gorgeous long and silky-haired cats that love affection.
They are perfect as indoor cats as they are placid, relaxed, loving, and sweet-natured. Quite dog-like in personality, they will follow you around the house. They get along with everyone, including pets and children. i
Require grooming 2-3 times a week to keep shedding under control.
Sphynx kittens are extremely friendly and affectionate and will grow into a cat that will adore relaxing around the house with you. This breed is also intelligent, inquisitive, and will happily greet you at the door whenever you’ve been out.
Although completely hairless, it’s important to note that this breed requires a fair bit of grooming to ensure that their skin stays healthy.
Scottish Folds are active mousers who are playful, expressive, and sensitive. They are flexible to stay outdoors roaming and hunting just like their ancestors that were once farm cats. Despite that, they make fine indoor cats due to their love for their humans.
Scottish Fold cats crave attention and companionship from people or other pets, and are very easy going with children.
They tend to be couch potatoes when given the opportunity. Therefore, it is advised to provide a good amount of exercise to prevent obesity.
Persians are quiet and affectionate, sedate cats who prefer a serene home where little changes from day to day. They get along well with children and other pets but can be shy around young or loud children.
Due to their flat faces, Persians often suffer from breathing issues, therefore you may want to consider if you can afford to pay for insurance and possible vet bills.
This breed is playful and known for following their owners around the house ‘chatting’ with them. Choose a Siamese cat if you look forward to spending time with and interacting with your cat. This is a loyal and loving feline who will pout and pine if given little or no attention. In the right home, however, they thrive for years.
Siamese cats possess several dog-like qualities including a love of play and a need for lots of companionship. If you spend a lot of time out of the house, this is definitely not the right breed for you.
This breed is described as loyal, relaxed, and fun-loving. They make a natural best friend and playmate if you have kids in the house. Devon Rex are intelligent, active, and requires regular stimulation including playing with puzzle toys or learning new tricks.
The Devon is a jumper, so cat trees and perches should be provided for exercise. They also love food so nutrition must be carefully controlled.
They should also never be brushed because their fur is so fragile. Being rubbed gently with a cloth will keep them nicely groomed.
Moggy is a general term for a mixed breed cat. These cats are a mixed bag of personalities depending on their roots, but typically they are content and happy creatures. You may just be able to find the perfect moggy for you at your local animal shelter, or cat rescue.
If adopting, be sure to get a good idea of their individual personality to make sure they’re the right fit for you.
Which breed is right for you?
Questions to ask yourself:
- On a scale of kitten to cuddles only, how much energy do you want your cat to have?
- How bothered are you by hair shedding?
- Does the breed need a specific diet? Can you afford to buy healthier food?
For a quick answer, check out Purina’s breed selector quiz. Be sure to research further into the breed, however, to make sure it is suitable for an indoor life.