Best Breeds Of Cat For Indoors

Best breeds of cat for indoors at a glance

  • Persian or Exotic cat
  • Burmese cat
  • British Shorthair
  • Ragdoll cat
  • Burmilla
  • Scottish Fold
  • Singapura
  • Russian Blue
  • Domestic (mixed breed)

With more and more families living in high-density housing, an ever increasing amount of cars on the road, more awareness about the dangers to both cats and  wildlife, and many local councils imposing cat curfews, more and more households are keeping their cats indoors.

Any cat is suited to live indoors, especially if this starts from kittenhood. However, there are some breeds which do better indoors than others. More laid back/placid breeds are generally happy to spend their day snoozing and their nights curled up on your lap.


Exotic Persian cat

Coat: Longhair (Persian), Shorthair (Exotic)

Activity: Low

Both the Persian and Exotic are quiet and affectionate. They get along well with children and other pets. They have a sweet, calm disposition. Due to its longhair, the Persian will require regular grooming to prevent mats.

Burmese cat

Burmese cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

This is my favourite breed of cat as they can fit in almost anywhere. The Burmese is a sweet, friendly and personable cat that is playful but not over the top. They are extremely affectionate but not clingy.  The Burmese gets along well with children and other pets. They can get lonely if left alone for long periods of time so if you are out a lot, consider getting two to keep each other company.

British Shorthair

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Low to moderate

The British Shorthair is a calm, laid back and placid breed of cat. Somewhat more independent than other breeds, they are perfectly suited to a life indoors where they are happy to amuse themselves.

Ragdoll cat

Coat: Longhair

Activity: Low to moderate

Ragdolls are placid, relaxed, loving and sweet natured cats. They are quite dog-like in personality and will follow you around the house. They get along with everyone, including pets and children.

Domestic (moggy)

Coat: Longhair or short hair

Activity: Varies

Domestics come in all shapes and sizes and many different personalities. Some are active, others quiet. Shelters are always looking for great new homes for domestics. Your shelter can match you up with a perfect domestic who will be happy to be indoors.

Senior cats should not be overlooked either, they have outgrown the active kitten phase and are generally quieter.


Burmilla cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

The Burmilla came about due to an accidental mating between a Burmese and a Chinchilla but is now a breed within its own right. They have the best of both breeds being calm, friendly, sweet-natured and laid back. They get along well with children and other pets.

Russian Blue

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

Russian Blues are a quiet but inquisitive breed of cat. They love to follow you around and help with whatever you are doing. They are playful, but not overly active and suit the indoor lifestyle perfectly.

Scottish Fold

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Low to medium

The Scottish fold is an affectionate, sweet, intelligent cat who gets along well with everyone.


Singapura cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

The Singapura is a playful, friendly, easygoing breed of cat who can win the hearts of cat lovers and non-cat lovers. With a temperament very similar to that of the Burmese, they are gentle and sweet and love nothing more than to be near you. I find them to be a quiet submissive breed of cat who gets along well with other pets but won’t dominate the household.

Indoor cat requirements:

Indoor cats need physical and mental stimulation to keep them occupied. They should be provided with a place to sit up high and watch the world go by as well as a scratching post. Daily play sessions are necessary to help them burn off some energy.

Wand-like toys that cats can stalk and pounce on are always a favourite, boxes to hide in, and toys which food can be hidden in are always a great hit with cats. Did you know you can even get cat sized running wheels?

Image credits:

Burmese cat courtesy Mikael Moiner, Flickr

Burmilla cat courtesy amily106, Flickr

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