10 Best House Cat Breeds Purrfect for Indoor Living

These cats are well suited to indoor lifestyles, but they still need love, enrichment, and exercise.

Published June 21, 2023

What makes a great indoor cat? They're inherently calm and cuddly and don't mind spending their days indoors by your side. These 10 house cat breeds are all that and more, which means they're perfectly suited to an all-indoor lifestyle.

1. Persian


Persians are the epitome of a lazy house cat, and we mean that in the best way possible. This breed is very low-key and would be happy lounging on the couch all day. In fact, Persians' short upper airway anatomy (which gives them that characteristic squished face) isn't equipped for vigorous exercise or hot weather, so this breed should definitely live indoors.

Need to Know

Just remember, even though these cats do well with an indoor lifestyle, they still need regular exercise and stimulation.

2. Burmese


Not only does the Burmese have a lovable personality, but they're actually the longest-living cat breed. That's right; with an indoor Burmese cat, you can enjoy up to 25 joy-filled years with your friend by your side. Plus, Burmese cats are affectionate, adaptable, and get along with kids, dogs, and other cats.

3. Scottish Fold


Along with those cute, folded ears, the Scottish Fold has the perfect personality for an indoor house cat. Scottish Folds are affectionate but not overly demanding, and they don't need a whole lot of exercise. If you're looking for a smart house cat who you can teach some fun tricks to, this may just be the breed for you.

Quick Tip

Cats can learn clicker training tricks, too! These techniques are great for your indoor-only Scottish Fold.

4. Siberian


At first glance, you might not think the long-haired Siberian would be a good fit as a house cat. Would you just look at all that hair? But trust us; this breed is a great choice, and it's because they're hypoallergenic. Siberians produce the lowest levels of Fel d 1, the protein that's responsible for cat allergies, so they're less likely to cause allergy symptoms than any other cat breed. Yes, you can have your cat and hug it, too (without sneezing)!

5. Sphynx


Want a house cat who will follow you around wherever you go? Then the Sphynx could be the perfect choice. These curious and intelligent cats become very bonded to their owners. And because their skin isn't protected by hair, they really shouldn't go outside. Just know Sphynx are energetic, so you'll have to provide them with plenty of indoor exercise.

6. Ragdoll


Ragdolls earned their name because they'll willingly flop into your arms and let you carry them around like a ragdoll. They've been dubbed one of the best cat breeds to have in a household with children and a great choice for new cat owners. The Ragdoll's calm demeanor makes them a perfect indoor housecat.

7. Himalayan


If you love the appearance of the Siamese cat but the laidback personality of the Persian, consider the Himalayan, which is a hybrid created by crossing these two breeds. Himalayans make great indoor cats because they're quiet, playful, and devoted, without being too attention-seeking. The breed's long hair can easily get tangled, so this breed is not a good choice for outdoor living.

8. Chartreux


Some cat breeds are incredibly loud, which can be a nuisance if you live in an apartment or small space. That's why we added the Chartreux to our list of excellent indoor cat breeds: this breed doesn't meow. The Chartreux is practically silent (aside from quiet chirps and trills), so you won't have to worry about your neighbors complaining about loud cat noises. Not to mention, they're incredibly goofy and loyal companions.

9. British Shorthair


British Shorthairs are large, stoic cats who might look like they need to live outdoors, but this breed is perfectly content inside. They're incredibly loyal, undemanding, and even-tempered. Just know that because British Shorthairs are kind of couch potatoes and larger cats in general, you'll need to encourage this breed to exercise. That way, they won't gain too much excess weight, which can have a negative impact on their health.

10. Tonkinese


Tonks are known for being "Velcro cats" who want to remain by your side all day. That's definitely a plus if you're in search of a housecat who will provide you with constant (and we mean constant!) companionship. Tonkinese cats are playful, curious, and absolutely adore cuddling.

Nearly Any Breed Can Be a Good Indoor Housecat


Even if a cat didn't make this list, that doesn't mean they won't make a great housecat. The key is to provide your indoor cat with enough exercise and enrichment to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated. That way, they won't turn to undesirable behaviors, like trying to get outside or becoming destructive. Pick a cat breed whose lifestyle aligns with your own, and you're likely to be a perfect match.

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10 Best House Cat Breeds Purrfect for Indoor Living